The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award Medal is given by the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council in recognition of a recipient's outstanding contribution and commitment to the Craft and Industry of silversmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts. The Award is generously supported by Thomas Fattorini Ltd who makes the medal that is presented to each recipient.

Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Caroline Broadhead

The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council gives the Lifetime Achievement Award Medal (LAA) in recognition of a recipient's outstanding contribution and commitment to the craft and industry of Silversmithing, Jewellery and the Allied Crafts. This year the Council's LAA goes to:

Caroline Broadhead
Following her foundation course Caroline Broadhead completed a Diploma in Jewellery Design at the Central School of Art and Design in 1972. She then set up a jewellery studio in London's Covent Garden. During the 1970s Caroline made a significant contribution to the 'New Jewellery' movement where a visit to Africa greatly influenced her to create jewellery that extended the form of the body.
Making jewellery for a living Caroline soon found this conflicted with her desire to experiment with ideas and materials. From jewellery her work developed into larger scale pieces and in the 1980s Caroline concentrated on conceptual aspects of clothing and installation art. This was an exciting time where she examined spatial awareness of the body in new ways.

Best known for her use of garments, often creating fragile installations that incorporated ephemeral dress structures; the garments and their shadows become the delicate borderline between the self and the rest of the world as well as signifiers of bodily presence/absence.

Collaborations with choreographers from 1990 onwards allowed Caroline to explore an interest in the way objects inspired gestures in more dynamic ways, integrating design and movement in dance performances.

A number of works were commissioned for historic buildings, such as the promenade performance, The Waiting Game made with Angela Woodhouse in Upnor Castle, Kent, as well as installations; Breathing Space, York St Mary's and recently; Above Below in Bath Abbey. These works referenced and responded to the histories and circumstances of their surroundings. Caroline's continued interest in jewellery led her to curate shows about current practice including; New Tradition, at the former British Crafts Centre, London and; Then and Now, Marsden Woo Gallery, London.

Caroline has received many awards for her work including a Crafts Council Bursary in 1982 to work in Amsterdam. She also won the 'Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Textiles' (1997). Her work is held internationally in prestigious collections, including Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA.

Alongside her own practice Caroline has taught textiles, jewellery, and other design disciplines at Brighton Polytechnic, Middlesex University, Goldsmiths College and Salzburg Summerakademie.

Presently, Caroline is the course Leader for BA Jewellery Design and Programme Director for Jewellery and Textiles at the internationally renowned Central Saint Martins. Her dynamic influence has greatly contributed to making the course a leading light in jewellery design and she has nurtured and developed some of the best designers and craftspeople in our industry.

'My work is mainly driven by ideas but making and materials are an integral part of the process. You can't make things without considering the craft of it.'

Lifetime Achievement Award Recepients

2016 David McCarty
2015 Norman Bassant
2014 Gerald Whiles
2013 Christopher Lawrence






2012 Tony Shepherd
2011 Alex Styles
2010 Dorothy Hogg
2009 Stuart Devlin
2008 Paul Podolsky