This competition is open to anyone engaged in designing and making in the UK in any one 12 month cycle of the competition. You are encouraged to have a go and become involved because the ethos and primary aim is to help everyone to raise their standards in search of excellence.
There is no charge for entering a design or 3D piece of work into the competition irrespective of the number of entries you wish to submit. All details of how to complete and submit an application form are on our website and you can do this on line, download a form to complete or collect a hard copy form from any of the four Assay Offices in the UK.
An application form has to be fully completed and submitted with your entry and we advise you to take time and care to ensure that all relevant information is completed before you submit, and we encouraged you to use the on line form because this is a fail-safe system for completing the process.
All work, whether by hand or post is submitted in January of each year and this will be at/to the new Goldsmiths’ Centre. Please note that on completion of the competition work is to be collected from Goldsmiths’ Hall and not the Centre. Whichever method you use to get your work to the Goldsmiths’ Centre please take every care and attention in packing your work to ensure that no damage is incurred during transit from your home to us. We inspect all pieces on receipt of an entry to check its condition and record any faults, scratches etc.
Your work will be judged by experts from the industry specifically selected for their specialist skills and experience. A panel of 3 judges will look at all work submitted in the section they have been asked to adjudicate, and one of the panel is usually a member from the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. Gold, Silver and Commendation awards can be granted by the judges but a bench mark standard has to be reached to merit the judges giving an award. The competition is about standards and excellence and an entry has to be worthy of an award.
If you have been awarded a prize you will be notified in writing very soon after the judging sessions have been completed, and you will be invited to attend the awards ceremony to receive your Gold, Silver or Commendation certificate. All awards are kept a secret until the awards evening to increase the sense of surprise and drama for the ceremony itself. All winners will receive a beautiful certificate, signed by the Chairman and Consultant Secretary of the GC&DC at the level they have won an award i.e. Gold, Silver or Commendation. For Gold and Silver awards there may also be a cash prize but it is the honour of winning and reaching the standards we set that is the thing to treasure, acknowledge and be proud of.
Some 300 people attend the prizegiving and it is a great evening and wonderful networking event. Equally important is that as a winner your entry will be on display in the exhibition room at Goldsmiths’ Hall along with other selected pieces entered in the competition.
Each year there are around 700 entries submitted and the four day public exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall is a good representation of the breadth and quality of the work submitted to the competition.
Once concluded, usually by the middle of March every year, the work is carefully re packed into its original packaging material in preparation for the two specific days for collecting work. If you have opted for us to send it back to you the secretaries and staff will post work back to entrants from Goldsmiths’ Hall.
Irrespective of the outcomes, it is the spirit of participating and engagement with the competition that is most important. To try your hardest and seek to improve your skills, experience and personal development are the key factors that make our competition what it is; a unique and essential facility to help everyone to raise their game, thrive and enjoy in the competitive ethos of the competition, share your skills and learning and encourage others to do well.