The finest contemporary silver and jewellery on show in June
With new work from many of the UK’s leading silversmiths and enamellers, and over 250 fabulous pieces of contemporary jewellery on show, John Higgins – founder of the Contemporary Silver Gallery – gets his 9th Summer Exhibition in Lindfield underway in June.
“It’s such a pleasure and privilege for us to be able to bring together in Lindfield, such a wonderful and diverse range of contemporary silver and jewellery, from every part of the UK, by the very best designer/makers, and to finally see pieces which we commissioned in 2016/17 in preparation for this exhibition, finally come to fruition”, says event organiser John Higgins.
“We have commissioned new work from 5 fantastic silversmiths specifically for this exhibition, including several enamelled pieces from Jane Short” John explains “and we are particularly delighted to welcome back Kevin Grey, who first exhibited here in 2010, and has subsequently gone on to win the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Award, no less than three times since. Kevin’s ground breaking and exciting modernist work combines cutting edge modern technology with traditional silversmithing techniques, and is quite exceptional.”
Over 30 silversmiths will show their work at this year’s exhibition.
“Whilst we initially focussed just on contemporary silver” says John, “the inclusion of contemporary jewellery into the exhibition has proved exceptionally popular, and this year we are welcoming back seven Jewellery Designer/Makers who have exhibited with us before, and a further three Designer/Makers who are exhibiting with us for the first time – but who produce really exciting jewellery. We are very pleased to welcome back Jane Adam, Kayo Saito, Jane Macintosh and Lucy Martin – all of whom have regularly exhibited with us, and their designs are particularly popular with our Customers.”
John is working closely with Contemporary British Silversmiths during this exhibition. Contemporary British Silversmiths was launched in 1996 to give voice to a new generation of silversmiths, and most of the exhibitors are part of this group. “Part of our support towards the association is to provide space to silversmiths at the start of their career, where they can exhibit pieces, and I urge you to look at the pieces they have produced – you will be amazed! “Everybody is very welcome to come to the Exhibition” says John, “but we do ask that you plan your visit, and give us a call or email beforehand, so we know when you are coming”
A spectacular exhibition not to be missed.