Fit for Purpose

Images from right to left: Abigail Brown, Don Porrit, Peter Musson. Photographer: Clarissa Bruce.

Members of the silversmithing industry came together recently to celebrate the success of Contemporary British Silversmiths’ exhibition at the V&A, Fit for Purpose: a practical and conceptual exploration of silver.

Created to implement the V&A’s major exhibition, British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, the display features new work by 52 of the country’s most innovative practising silversmiths and forms part of the V&A’s British Design Season.

At the event silversmith Clive Burr, Chairman of Contemporary British Silversmiths, thanked the V&A, Eric Turner, and Dr Tessa Murdoch for selecting the association to represent British design, and the Goldsmiths’ Company for its generous support of the exhibition.

He said, “This event marks the beginning of a range of activities the association is planning to raise the profile of British silversmithing both nationally and overseas. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the industry for its support, and the members for responding to this brief in such a creative and proactive way.”

Eric Turner, Curator at the V&A praised the association for creating a diverse and unique collection of work representative of the very best in contemporary silver.

Expressions of interest have been received by Museums across Europe and the UK with a number of sales taking place during the evening of the event.

A catalogue produced for the exhibition is on sale in the V&A bookshop or via Contemporary British Silversmiths’ website, priced £4.99.

The next event on Contemporary British Silversmiths’ calendar is Art in Action, which takes place from 19 – 22 July inclusive in Waterperry, Oxford. It will include demonstrations of silversmithing techniques alongside a unique display of contemporary silver.

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