Silver Speaks, an 11-month long series of events to be held around the country in celebration of Britain’s diverse silversmithing industry, has launched with the opening of the Silver Speaks: Idea to Object exhibition at the V&A last week.
Organised by Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for design-based contemporary silver sponsored by the Goldsmiths’ Company, Silver Speaks aims to shine the spotlight on the remarkable uses of silver in today’s culture -functional and decorative, traditional and experimental. Headlining this extensive programme of events, an exhibition marking the joint 20th anniversary of Contemporary British Silversmiths and the V&A’s Silver Galleries: Silver Speaks: Idea to Object.
Tuesday 8th March saw journalists and designers alike come together in the V&A’s spectacular Silver Galleries for the exhibition’s Press Preview. Also in attendance was curator Corinne Julius, who comments: “When Contemporary British Silversmiths asked me to curate an exhibition, I wanted to show not only what an extraordinary material silver is, with its myriad qualities, but also how silversmiths use a combination of head, heart and hands to produce their work.” Juliette Bigley’s ‘Two Bowls’, a sculpture that plays with the barrier dividing inside and out, and Kyosun Jung’s silver and leather clutch, inspired by the Korean lucky pouch traditionally worn at New Year, are just two of the fine examples of craftsmanship to feature at the exhibition.
Silver Speaks: Idea to Object will be running until the 31st January 2017. Details of all other Silver Speaks events can be found at http://www.silverspeaks.co.uk/