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PRESS RELEASE Little Gems return to Sheffield from the capital city

15 May 2015


Precious Little Gems Rose BowlIf you missed the Sheffield showcase of shining silver at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, in London you will be delighted to hear the objects are returning to Sheffield and will be on display in the reception of Sheffield Assay Office from 25th May until 2nd October 2015.

Galvanize Sheffield; Festival of Contemporary Metal will be showcasing Little Gems, a decade of commissioned work by 22 talented early career designer makers from Yorkshire Art Space in Sheffield.

Little Gems brings together the collection of contemporary precious metal artworks, commissioned through the Sheffield Assay Office’s annual competition from 2005 to 2015 and created by up and coming silversmiths on the Starter Studios programme at Yorkshire Art Space. The exhibition at The Goldsmiths’ Centre was the first time the work had been shown outside of Sheffield and it was extremely well received by the capital city.

The exhibition includes beautifully designed and made precious metal objects, which include tableware, cake stands, cheese boards, cutlery, decanters and cups to treasure boxes. Work is presented by the following makers: Katey Felton, Paul Butler, Rebecca Lawley, Owen Waterhouse, Victoria Kershaw, Amba McNamara, Maya Selway, Victoria Delany, Sarah Denny, Rebecca Joselyn, Christina Spencer, Sarah Stevenson, Charlotte Tollyfield, Stefan Tooke, Anne Davis, Andrew Sutherland, Sally Cox, Alexander Kerrison, Zoe Watts, Colette Bishop, Sarah Pasley, Jennifer Ricketts, Ben Ryan and Rupert Todd.

Victoria Kershaw littlegems

“This display of Little Gems is priceless in terms of skills, ideas, design and vision. These elements all contribute to establishing very special craftspeople to making a career in silversmithing. I am very proud to have been involved in this unique project from the start” said Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson. 

Rachel Dodd from Yorkshire Artspace comments “The Little Gems commission is an incredibly valuable opportunity for our Starter Studio silversmiths who are at a relatively early stage in their career. Not only does it allow them to explore new ideas and create new work but also gain valuable experience of the application process. At the end of their two years supported by us the majority of the makers continue to work as silversmiths”.  

Sheffield Assay Office and Museums Sheffield as owners of the collection are delighted to see the objects return from London and wish to thank all the partners and sponsors: Galvanize Sheffield Festival of Contemporary Metal, Sheffield Assay Office, Yorkshire Artspace, Museums Sheffield and The Goldsmiths’ Centre. 

Please note the Sheffield Assay Office reception is open Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30pm.

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