About Contemporary British Silversmiths
Contemporary British Silversmiths was launched in 1996 by a core group of makers determined to give a voice to a new generation of silversmiths, rich in diverse talents with a wealth of exciting new ideas. Encouraging innovative thinking and re-affirming a shared commitment to excellence in design and workmanship have been our flagship values.
Over the past decade our many exhibitions have travelled throughout the UK, and to Holland, Germany, Denmark, Taipei, USA and most recently Finland. These exhibitions and events showcase members' work and provide makers with the opportunity and environment in which to explore and develop fresh ideas.
Formerly known as the Association of British Designer Silversmiths, we are organised by an annually elected committee and largely funded by membership fees. Membership includes established makers, by selection, recent graduates and students. We also have Friends and Corporate members, many of whom are non-makers but who share our enthusiasm for the art and craft of silversmithing.
Contemporary British Silversmiths is dedicated to maintaining and advancing the historic craft of silversmithing within the context of contemporary design. We represent a valuable forum for silversmiths throughout the country and an important point of contact for anyone interested in modern silverware.
Contemporary British Silversmiths Charity
The Contemporary British Silversmiths Charity was set up in 2021, to support the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths by helping maintain, develop and promote the craft of contemporary silversmithing and design nationally and internationally. It is committed to inspiring the next generation of silversmiths, raising the profile of contemporary British made silver, and preserving the heritage of our craft while helping to build its future.
As a non-profit organisation, its charitable aims are focused on delivering public benefit through a programme of public engagement including education and skills training, exhibitions and events, fundraising and helping to engage new audiences and markets. It is managed by a Board of Trustees who are from a range of professional backgrounds including silversmiths.
The Charity now manages the CBS Skills Training Programme, which continues to be developed in response to industry demand and delivered through its successful peer learning and mentoring model. It enables skills transfer from master silversmiths to ensure a diversity of silversmithing skills and techniques, and supports artists and makers working in the UK through networking and professional development opportunities.
We are grateful for the generous support of our partners The Goldsmiths’ Centre, The Clothworkers’ Company and South Square Trust in delivering this programme, as well as to our sponsor Argex for enabling our tutors and makers to work in silver.