Celebrating Silver

Celebrating Silver

A year of events to celebrate 25 years supporting silversmiths

Celebrating Silver

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.

During our 25 anniversary year, we will be celebrating 25 years of supporting silversmiths, highlighting the work of our members and looking behind the scenes at some of the people that have made the association what it is today.

Find out more about how our association developed and our Chairs:

Howard Fenn | Richard Fox | Chris Knight | Julie Chamberlain | Mary Ann Simmons | Clive Burr | Rauni Higson | Angela Cork | Rajesh Gogna


4-5 September 2021 - De Montfort University

The symposium will be an opportunity to consider current silversmithing practice within the wider craft and design, museum and gallery, and collecting/commissioning sectors. The aim is to present a wide variety of topics relevant to makers’ practices and to support thinking and creative ambition. In addition, it aims to develop delegates’ knowledge of different approaches to the understanding of silver and fine metalwork through the experiences of makers, curators, critics, and sector partners.

The two days will include a full day of speakers, discussion panels and breakout sessions, a pop-up exhibition of maker’s current work (Show & Tell), an evening dinner and networking opportunities, the AGM, an insight to CBS Skills Training Programme for makers and practical silversmithing demonstrations for families and the general public.

The symposium is generously supported by The Goldsmiths' Centre and presented in partnership with De Montfort University

Registration:  £10
Registration CBS Members: Free
Evening Dinner: £35
Accommodation [Halls]: £25
We look forward to seeing you there in-person or virtually:
In person attendance booking deadline: 23 August 2021
Virtual attendance booking deadline: 2 September 2021



(subject to change due to COVID-19):



Start Time: 10am

Keynote Speaker (to be announced)

Rachael Colley: Exploring making and materials through socially based and experimental practice

Anastasia Young and Paul Wells: Using technical innovation to explore and extend creative practice

Panel discussion: The Collecting. Commissioning and development of audiences for contemporary silver and fine metal work. Panellists include Sarah Rothwell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design for National Museums Scotland; and Gregory Parsons, curator and producer


Breakout sessions:

  • Research and practice: the importance of developing personal and professional research projects. With Juliette Bigley and Lionel Dean
  • Scaling up: addressing the opportunities of scale through commissioning and public art projects. With Barnaby Barford and Angela Cork
  • Cross-cultural influences and fertilisation. Chris Knight and Jessica Jue

American metalsmith and educator Myra Mimlitsch-Gray in conversation with Dr. Glenn Adamson discussing ‘the purposeful object’

Panel discussion: Looking to the past and the future – reflecting on 25 Years of Contemporary British Silversmiths and the changing landscape and opportunities for contemporary silver and looking to the future. With Past CBS Chairs Howard Fenn and Mary Ann Simmons and current Chair Rajesh Gogna in discussion and chaired by Rosy Greenlees, OBE, Executive Director of the Crafts Council.

Pop-up exhibition

6.30pm Gala Dinner



Start Time: 11am

Contemporary British Silversmiths’ AGM



Watch live demonstrations of silver and metalworking techniques

Learn more about the recent three-year Skills Training Programme

Improve your personal wellbeing as a silversmith

Ends: 4pm