Developing a Charity for the Association
Angela Cork is a London based designer silversmith, who has shown extensively in many of the UK’s leading galleries, fairs and museums, with significant works in major public collections. She has also created many notable commissions for industry, livery companies, colleges and Institutions. She sits on the committee of the Contemporary Craft Committee at the Goldsmiths’ Company and is a Trustee of South Square Trust. She is also a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a Freeman of the City of London.
"During my time as Chair, my aim was to enrich our craft, the community and to foster wider relationships and establish key partnerships that will help our craft and the membership moving forward. I inherited the chair role at a pivotal time for the association after the very successful programme Silver Speaks. The momentum and groundwork we had created opened a lot of opportunities for growth and change and I enjoyed developing our public programme and profile, which including formalising our regular participation with London Craft week, London Design Festival and the V&A and establishing a new relationship with the Clothworkers’ Company. I also maintained the strong links that had been previously forged with the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
I supported and oversaw the first three years of the Skills Training Programme which had been conceived by the former chair, Rauni Higson, to help grow, develop and build the partnerships and funding it required to get going and properly establish.
Core support has always been problematic, so part of my own remit was to find efficient ways to professionalise and set up CBS ready to adapt for growth and attract wider funding. It has been an exciting and challenging time, seeing it through some essential fundamental and structural changes, which included hiring an independent bookkeeper, putting digital systems and working groups in place for the CBS Committee to operate and engage more collaboratively online and in meetings.
I am also proud of initiating, obtaining funding for and developing the new CBS CIO Charity, set up to grow the charitable support for the craft of contemporary British silversmithing and design nationally and internationally and ultimately preserve our heritage."