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The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the work of 12 of the UK’s finest contemporary modern silversmiths

April 22, 2009

The British Silver Week Masters’ Exhibition
June 8 to July 5, 2009

British Silver Week returns in June 2009 with an even more impressive programme. Supported by The Goldsmiths’ Company, British Silver Week’s lead patron, and honorary patron the Duke of Devonshire, this celebration of UK silversmithing will bring together leading names and the cutting-edge talent of some 105 of the UK’s finest designer-maker silversmiths. Their work will be shown at 20 venues around the country, the highlight of which is a month-long exhibition at Chatsworth House.

Exhibitions at Chatsworth House – June 8 to July 5

Through the generosity of the Duke, a renowned silver collector, an exhibition, Masters of their Craft, showing the work of 12 of the country’s leading contemporary designer-makers will be staged in Chatsworth’s Grand Dining Hall. In addition, selected pieces from the Pearson Collection, one of Britain’s largest privately owned collections of silversmithing from the 1940s to the 1990s, will be shown in the state rooms. There will also be a display of stunning silver sculptures courtesy of Gallery Pangolin. Talks by leading local silversmiths are also planned.

Masters of their Craft

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the work of 12 of the UK’s finest contemporary modern silversmiths:

Angus McFadyen, Brett Payne, Brian Williamson
Chris Knight, Don Porritt, Kay Ivanovic
Malcolm Appleby, Ndidi Ekubia, Padgham & Putland
Simone Ten Hompel, Graham Stewart, Rod Kelly

This remarkable body of work demonstrates why British silversmiths are thought to be the finest in the world, giving true insight into their artistry and technical skills.

The Pearson Collection
This exhibition demonstrates how dramatically the shape of modern silversmithing has changed in the past fifty years from the post war era when functionality took precedence over design, to the success of the large workshops in the 60s, to the designer/makers of today. The Pearson collections shows the major influences on today’s modern silversmiths by towering figures such as Gerald Benney, Stuart Devlin and Christopher Lawrence.

Gallery Pangolin
The final section of the show is the Pangolin collection of fine art sculptures in silver, which illustrates how far silversmithing has progressed from producing beautiful but functional objects for the home to works of art in their own right. A highlight of this part of the exhibition is a beautifully detailed silver sculpture entitled Walking Silverback (gorilla) by Jonathan Kenworthy.

In addition, talks by leading local silversmiths are planned to take place on three consecutive Saturdays - June 13, 20 and 27, further details to be confirmed. The exhibition takes place from June 8 – July 5 at Chatsworth, Derbyshire.

For more information visit the British Silver Week website:


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Pamela Willson or Vanessa Boyd
Pamela Willson & Partners
Tel 020 7221 0343

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