In two months, Goldsmiths’ Fair (22 Sept – 5 Oct) will be back with a fresh look, a raft of new exhibitors and a star-studded events programme. Today, organisers revealed details of more than 30 special events, including paid-for Breakfast Talks and free ‘In Conversation’ drop-in sessions. This programme is in addition to Zaha Hadid Selects, a first-of-its-kind showcase of personal highlights from this year’s Fair, guest curated by a British design icon.
Each day of the Fair will begin with a fascinating Breakfast Talk given by a leading light in jewellery, silver, or contemporary design. All Breakfast Talks take place between 9.30am and 11.00am and cost £20 including continental breakfast and one week’s entry to the Fair. Highlights include:
- Gallery founder Lesley Craze MBE sharing insights from her 30 years in the world of contemporary jewellery.
- Jewellery expert and Antiques Roadshow specialist Joanna Hardy on jewellery’s journey from the 1960s to the present day.
- British Silver Week Chairman, Gordon Hamme, giving an insider’s guide to buying and commissioning contemporary silver.
- Jewellery historian and curator Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson on changing fashions in pearls.
- Gallerist Louisa Guinness on jewellery designed by iconic artists from Picasso to Anish Kapoor.
- The Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, Dr Robert Organ, on fakes, forgeries, and hallmarking.
- Craft and design journalist Corinne Julius on commissioning contemporary silver and jewellery at Goldsmiths’ Fair.
‘In Conversation’ drop-in talks will take place every afternoon and will be free to attend with a Goldsmiths’ Fair ticket. Here, a leading craft and design expert will interview one or more of the distinguished exhibitors. Topics will include ideas and inspiration, the design process, materials, technical challenges, and the wearing of jewellery. For an up-to-date line-up, see www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk/events/conversation-talks
The Goldsmiths’ Company’s David Mills comments, “We are delighted to have attracted such illustrious and passionate speakers to take part in this, Goldsmiths’ Fair’s first ever events programme. The more information we can share about design, materials and techniques, the more we can inspire visitors to buy and commission at the Fair.”