Silver Speaks: Idea to Object
Victoria & Albert Museum, Silver Galleries
Cromwell Rd, London, UK
Silver Speaks: Idea to Object traces how a work in silver is brought into being from the inspiration, through sketches, models, material experimentation and construction processes, to the final piece. The selected designs in this free display at the V&A encompass a variety of beautiful and intriguing objects–both sculptural and functional–created using a range of different processes, from the traditional to the most cutting edge.
18 of Britain's leading silversmiths, all of whom are members of Contemporary British Silversmiths, have been selected by curator and critic Corinne Julius. They will display specially commissioned works at the V&A's Silver Galleries from 8th March 2016 – 31st January 2017. The featured craftspeople include Rauni Higson, a former trapeze artist; Kevin Grey, a car-maker who helped make the Sultan of Brunei's series of unique Bentleys; and Juliette Bigley, a health care manager for the NHS–who all went on to train as silversmiths.
Alongside the exhibition, an 11-month long series of events will be held around the country to celebrate the exceptional level of creativity and skill in British silversmithing today. The spotlight will shine on some of the most exciting artists and designers–exploring the diverse applications of the material, from the experimental to the traditional, the sculptural to the functional. It will showcase the remarkable uses of silver and how works can be commissioned to enhance contemporary living, architecture and fashion.