Weston Beamor, the Birmingham-based jewellery casting and rapid-prototyping company, has announced that it will once again be sponsoring an Award at ‘New Designers’ the annual exhibition showcasing work of newly graduated designers from the UK’s leading universities.
The Weston Beamor Award for ‘The most Innovative use of CAD in Jewellery Design’ will be made during Part 1 of the exhibition which will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 25th – 28th June.
New Designers, which is supported by a number of big name brands such as Sanderson, Hallmark and Proctor and Gamble, showcases the work of over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK’s leading universities over two separate weeks. It has eight distinct ‘design zones’ of which jewellery and metalwork is one. The winner of the Weston Beamor prize will receive a week of work experience with the company and £1000 in cash.
Weston Beamor has invited Vickey Leyshon – Head of Design at its sister company Gecko, Guy Sheppard of the designer/retailer Guy and Max and Stephen Einhorn of the designer/retailer Stephen Einhorn to act as its judges in the competition. The Award will be made at a VIP event to be held at the exhibition on the evening of 25th June.
“Innovation, technology, and great design are central to Weston Beamor’s ethos and we employ a number of talented jewellery and metalwork graduates in a range of different roles. We are always interested in ways of pushing the boundaries of technology and have been extremely impressed by the calibre of previous winners of this Award. CAD is now central to jewellery production and the industry is only as good as the new talent coming into it. As a business we are keen to support this in every way we can,” says the company’s Head of Business Development, Glen Day.
In addition to sponsoring New Designers Weston Beamor also supports the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft Awards and runs an annual Award with the Jewellery School at Birmingham City University. The company also works closely with a handful of promising new designers, of its own choice, to help them find a foothold in the industry by providing free, or subsidised, products and services.