Welcome to the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards 2016 and I am delighted to be the Chairman of this incredible competition and organisation. Despite the ever-changing landscape of our industry over the last few years the competition goes from strength to strength. Although the awards evening lasts but a few hours, the rest of the year is busily taken up with planning, promoting and organising this important industry focused event. As well as continued conversations with our supporters and entrants, we have also participated in Assay Office Open Days, held another VIP event at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, updated our entrant online application system and launched the 2016 competition at International Jewellery London, Olympia.
I am pleased to say once again we have been provided with a impressive array of work from exceptional designers and makers, showcasing some fantastic skills and disciplines that represent our industry. So what is it really all about and why do we do it? In its simplest form it is an important annual event for UK based designers and makers to compete with each other, showcase their considerable skills and share good practice. The competition was founded on sound principles; to encourage, stimulate and promote excellence in craftsmanship and design. With so many changes and advances to our industry i.e. technology and training, these core objectives continue to be as important and relevant today when the competition first started.
The Council consists of members who are highly skilled in their own fields, whether in education, design or craftsmanship. They freely give their time, experience, support and enthusiasm to make the competition a success year after year. This is also true of our pool of judges who bring their knowledge and expertise to the many different categories that represent the awards. With their insight and guidance we are able to recognise work that is worthy of Council and Patron Awards or if deemed at the absolute pinnacle in their specialist craft, the prestigious ‘Jacques Cartier Memorial Award’. We are also ever grateful to our founding Patron, the Goldsmiths Company and all our Patrons, Sponsors and Contributors, who make this amazing competition possible. And finally, our Consultant Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer whose hard work and enthusiasm go far beyond their remits, with their continued support the Awards thrive.