Rules, Regulations & Guidelines 2016/17

1) ELIGIBILITY: The awards are open to anyone in the United Kingdom engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials.

2) TIME LIMIT: Work must have been completed in the UK within the 12 months preceding the closing dates for entries.

3) CLOSING DATES: All entries MUST be delivered between 10.00am and 4.00pm to:

Brian Hill – GCDC, The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD.

13 th January 2017 for: SECTIONS 1-7

23 rd & 24th January 2017 for: SECTIONS 8-24

25 th January 2017 for: SECTIONS 8-24 (10.00 – 13.00)
Entries sent by post must reach the Goldsmiths' Centre on or before the appropriate closing dates. Entries arriving after these dates may not be judged. Entrants are responsible for the delivery of their work to the Goldsmiths' Centre and collection from Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane EC2V 6BN.

4) ENTRY PROCEDURE: All completed entries should receive a confirmation email; if so please include a copy of this this when posting your work. The deadlines specified are final and there are no extensions.

5) MULTIPLE ENTRIES: Entrants may submit multiple entries in any appropriate section/s. Where more than one entrant is involved in the making/setting/polishing for example in the same entry, separate applications are required.

6) INSURANCE: The Council accepts liability for physical loss or damage to entries not exceeding £1,000 in value only to the extent of the indemnity received from its insurance with T.H. March & Co. Ltd. and subject to the conditions of that policy. The insurance only covers goods in the care of the Council. Any claim against the Council must be made within four weeks of the last date for collection (10 March 2017). ITEMS WHICH EXCEED £1,000 IN VALUE SHOULD BE INSURED BY THE ENTRANT as the Council accepts no liability for loss or damage to them howsoever caused. In the event of difficulties, please contact T.H. March, tel. 01732 462 886.

7) 'SENIOR & JUNIOR ENTRIES': If you are under 30 (at the time of submitting work for the competition) and are undergoing training on a recognised full or part time course of study or undertaking a registered apprenticeship you will be defined as a 'Junior'. All other entrants will be classed as 'Senior'.

8) JUDGING: Entries in each section will be judged by industry specialists. Entrants' names will not be disclosed to the judges. Judges will be asked to nominate work to go forward to the special, major and premier awards and for exhibition.

9) AWARDS: Judges may give Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards appropriate to Councils benchmark standards.

10) MULTIPLE AWARDS: When an entrant has submitted more than one entry in the same section it is possible that judges may select the same entrant for more than one award. There is no restriction on the number of awards the same entrant may receive.

11) AWARDING OF TOOLS/EQUIPMENT: Voucher allocations must be taken up by the expiry date as set by the sponsor.

12) WITHHOLDING AWARDS: Judges may not give awards in any section if they consider the quality of the entries to be of insufficient merit. Therefore, the Council gives no guarantee that all the available prizes will be awarded. The Council also reserves the right to withhold any award for an entry not made available for exhibition.

13) AWARDS CEREMONY: Attendance at the Awards Ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall is strictly by invitation only. Due to limited places priority will be given to award winners and their guests.

14) EXHIBITION: Award winning entries and a selection of other entrant work will be displayed in the exhibition entirely at the discretion of the judges and Council. Exhibiting at Goldsmiths' Hall is an honour. To maintain standards all entries will be subject to a selection process.

15) COLLECTION OF ENTRIES: All entries must be collected from Goldsmiths' Hall between 10.30am and 4.00pm on either of the following days: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March 2017.

For security and record purposes, work will only be released upon production of the numbered ticket issued on delivery. Postal deliveries are recorded separately and will be returned to the address given by Special Delivery. Items valued under £1,000 will be charged £35 for postage, packing and insurance, payable, in advance either by BACS to: The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, HSBC Sort Code 40 05 30, Acc. No 0441 7607 or cheque, made payable to: The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, enclosed in an entry on the submission days. For items above this, additional costs of postage, packing and insurance will be added.

Any entries not collected after the 10 March 2017 onwards will incur a charge of £50 per item per month. Entries not collected within two months following the above date can be disposed of at the discretion of the Council.



At Goldsmiths' Hall on Monday 27 February 2017 – by invitation only


Open to the public from Tuesday 28 th February – Friday 3rd March 2017 10.00 to 5pm, with the exception of Wednesday 1st March, open until 8pm

*Please note that this information will be reviewed and updated appropriately.