Goldsmiths North selling event to launch in Sheffield in July
By David Brough
SHEFFIELD, England, May 2019 – Goldsmiths North, a summer selling event for European and UK contemporary silverware and jewellery, will launch in Sheffield, Yorkshire, from July 12-14, 2019.
Goldsmiths North, which will take place in Cutlers’ Hall, plans to showcase the work of some 60 individual designers and craftsmen.
“It will provide a new and specifically tailored selling platform to skilled and innovative creative businesses within the precious metals sector,” said organiser Katherine Payne.
“It will be a national/international event – a retail selling fair bringing the best of designer jewellery and silversmithing from the UK and Europe to the north of England.”
Applications to exhibit will be invited from jewellers and silversmiths and a jury of local and national experts will be convened to select the best and most professional work.
“It is intended that those chosen will be representative of the best work currently being designed and made across the UK, providing an opportunity for exhibitors and visitors alike to see as wide a range of work as possible,” Ms Payne said. Goldsmiths North is intended to be a prestigious event for the entire North of England.
“Our decision that Sheffield would be the best location has been arrived at through careful consideration and we feel that we will be operating in a new, untapped, enthusiastic and affluent market,” Ms Payne said.
Sheffield has a worldwide reputation for fine metalwork. The presence of one of the four Assay Offices in the UK makes it a ‘player’ in national precious metal production, Ms Payne said.
“The legacy of globally recognised manufacturing companies such as Mappin & Webb, James Dixon and Walker & Hall, is still very much apparent in the city, giving rise to a growing and vibrant hub of contemporary metalworkers and designers from David Mellor to recent postgraduate start-ups. “