About the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council
"to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silvermithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts."
The Council is formed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), run as a social not for profit enterprise, where all funds are used in the promotion of craftsmanship and design within the industry. The Council is governed by a committee of 21 trade based experts from which a Chairmen/Women and Vice Chairmen/Women are chosen. Council members are recruited through a process of nomination and election through a democratic process, and give their time freely and generously in order to maintain and enhance the Council's work.
WHAT WE DO
The central aim of the Craft & Design Council is to promote excellence in the industry through its prestigious annual awards. The Council's members, elected volunteers, give their time in organising and managing the annual Competition, Awards Ceremony and subsequent Exhibition held at Goldsmiths' Hall.
THE CRAFTSMANSHIP & DESIGN AWARDS
The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council's unique national competition to which there is no parallel in the UK.
All submissions entered into the competition are judged by skilled and experienced practitioners drawn from their specialist fields of expertise within the profession. Through this process of peer inspection and scrutiny, work is endorsed by professionals to the highest standards and objectives set by the Council, thus validating the status and quality of these awards.
The Council promotes and encourages participation in the competition primarily by its annual exhibitions which showcase high calibre entrant work at Goldsmiths' Hall and The Goldsmiths' Centre.
The Chairman: Andrew Putland
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has appointed a new Chairman for the next two years – renowned British silversmith Andrew Putland.
Taking over from retiring Chairman Jos Skeates, Putland is looking forward to immersing himself in the role, continuing the Council’s excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. Putland also plans to launch an online Centenary Book celebrating the Awards’ 100th year in 2018.
With almost 40 years’ experience as a silversmith and goldsmith, Andrew Putland, fondly known as Andy, is a highly-experienced and respected designer and craftsman, who has himself won several prizes at past Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards.
Over the course of his career, Andy has created works for Italian luxury brand Bulgari, both for retail and for its Knightsbridge hotel, the Pope John Paul II and architect Richard Meier, the Saudi Royal Family, and Imperial College London. He has also produced a pair of silver cups to commemorate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother and a collection of contemporary silver for Lichfield cathedral.
Working closely with business partner Carl Padgham, whom he met while studying at Medway College in the 1980s, Andy is one half of Padgham & Putland, celebrated silversmiths and goldsmiths based in the Kent countryside.
Speaking of his appointment as Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, Andy said:
“It is an honour and privilege to become Chairman of the Council, of which I have served as a Council member for five years. Over the course of my career - from my time as a student to my work and business as Padgham & Putland - I have been aware of the prestige and importance of the Council and its annual Awards. I look forward to progressing the hard work and achievements of our retiring chair Jos Skeates in developing the Awards for the future, as we continue to encourage, inspire and celebrate brilliance in design and craftsmanship in the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades.”
Council Members 2017/18
Ambassador membership is by invitation from the GC&DC, and is open to specific personalities in the Industry whose work, reputation and support would benefit and enhance the standing and status of the Council within the wider community.