LIVING SILVER: CONTEMPORARY SILVER FOR THE HOME
Augustus Brandt Gallery in Petworth from 16 November 2019 to 05 January 2020 in partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths
Augustus Brandt Gallery is very proud and excited to announce the launch of ‘Living Silver’, an exhibition dedicated to revealing the highly creative and technically skilled work of British silversmiths today, in partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS). Britain leads the field in contemporary silversmithing in design and manufacture, and this exhibition will present a glimpse of some of this creativity. It will show how both contemporary and traditional homes can be enhanced by a beautiful piece of silver, handmade by a skilled silversmith and create the heirlooms of the future within the context of the home.
The silversmiths represented, many of whom have won multiple awards, are all members of CBS, the leading association for contemporary silver in the U.K. Uniquely for an exhibition of this kind, silver will be displayed both in cabinets and within the setting of the elegant Augustus Brandt interiors, providing a special opportunity to see how silver stands out in a home setting. The members represented have been hand-picked from across the country, with many makers represented in national collections and collected by private individuals and celebrities alike.
Alongside the exhibition, there will be limited edition silver Christmas tree decorations available to buy from the Augustus Brandt retail outlet. Each of these pieces are handmade in solid silver and bear the hallmark of one of Britain’s four assay offices. Designed as unique and special gifts, they can be used as Christmas decorations or given as christening and wedding presents. CBS has been producing this annual collection since 2002 and these pieces represent the wide variety of skills and techniques within the membership. Some pieces are hand hammered while others are decoratively embellished with materials such as shagreen and gold plate.
On Saturday 16 November Augustus Brandt will launch the exhibition with an opportunity for visitors to ‘Meet the Makers’. A discussion with Chair of Contemporary British Silversmiths and exhibitor, Angela Cork, will provide insight into their craft in the 21st Century and will be followed by demonstrations of some of the different skills and techniques at the workbench.
ABOUT AUGUSTUS BRANDT
A jewel in Petworth’s crown, destination store and gallery Augustus Brandt offers an impressive setting within the inspirational surroundings of the Grade II listed, Newlands House. With over 17 rooms to explore, you can discover a carefully curated selection of objects, bridging antique and contemporary furniture, artworks, photography and collectables. Be sure to also visit the new lifestyle shop by Augustus Brandt which recently opened in the main town square.
Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Petworth is one of Britain’s most attractive market towns, offering visitors a quintessentially English country escape. From beautiful walks in Petworth park, excursions and independent shopping experiences, to the exciting year-round calendar of events, Petworth is the cultural centre of the West Sussex countryside.
Highlights of the exhibition include works from the following silversmiths:
Elizabeth Auriol Peers
Mary Ann Simmons
Rebecca de Quin