Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Design Competition 2016: Winners honoured at the Goldsmiths Hall
LONDON, March 2016 – The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Competition took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths Hall in London on Monday 29th February 2016.
The annual Awards Ceremony was hosted by international jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy, and supported by over 300 important trade companies and individuals, sponsors, industry associations and trade press.
This competition, known affectionately within the trade as the ‘Oscars of the Industry’, rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials.
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, who run the competition, actively encourage craftsmen and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly respected awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year the Goldsmiths Crafts & Design Council honours a member of the UK industry with The Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, this was presented to Mr David McCarty in recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to the industry. David was presented with the LAA silver medal by Timothy Hugh Fattorini.
Other key highlights from the 2016 Awards are:
* A total of 124 winners were honoured in 25 categories with 26 Gold Awards, 45 Silver Awards and 53 Bronze Awards.
* There were 700 single entries, which increased to 1,000 from multiple entries, a marked increase on 2015.
* The College Trophy is awarded annually to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze prizes in the competition. The College Trophy in 2016 was awarded to The Goldsmiths’ Centre.
* There are over 70 industry supporters in 2016.
* 100 industry judges, experts in their respective fields, assessed the 700 entries.
* There are 14 Patron – Special Awards in 2016.
Sponsors, Patrons and Contributors
As with previous years, the headline sponsors for 2016 include the Goldsmiths’ Company as its Founding and Lead Patron, Cartier as Principal Patron. International Jewellery London (IJL), Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Brown & Newirth and Primassure Ltd are all Special Patrons, with HRH Princess Michael of Kent as the Council’s Royal Patron.
Chairman, Jos Skeates, said: “It has been a positive year in the competition where we have seen some fine examples of craft and design skills across many specialist sections.
“A good number of entries met Council’s benchmark Gold, Silver and Bonze standards and most of the sponsored named awards have also been presented.
“It’s been a good year with much to celebrate and enjoy through these great awards.”