Promoting the pursuit of excellence
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 silversmithing, 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 Chair: Anne-Marie Reeves
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has named Anne-Marie Reeves as its new chairperson for the next two years. Anne-Marie, who has served on the GC&DC for 10 years, brings vast experience supporting the trade, brands and individuals across the UK and international jewellery industries.
She has previously managed the UK Generic Trade Marketing Programmes for De Beers (DTC) and has been involved in the National Association of Jewellers’ (NAJ) education awards and education programme. Today, Anne-Marie is the Head of Operations for Sarah Ho London, and also an independent jewellery consultant. She is only the third woman in the GC&DC’s 108-year history to hold the highly-respected position of chair.
As part of her appointment, Anne-Marie invited fellow GC&DC member and trustee John Ball, to the role of vice chair for the next two years. John, who is Managing Director of British jewellery company Brown & Newirth, was delighted to accept and continue his support and advocacy for the GC&DC and its activities
Speaking of her new appointment, Anne-Marie said: “I am so honoured, proud and excited to take on this role. How amazing to be able to promote so many aspects of the UK’s truly talented community of designers, craftspeople and hidden heroes, whose gifts are so often not celebrated. In the pursuit of excellence in our industry, I look forward to building on a solid foundation and steering our Awards to flourish among an even wider audience.”
Commenting on the achievements of retiring chair Peter Crump, Anne-Marie praised Peter’s leadership, enthusiasm and vision for the Council and its annual Craftsmanship and Design Awards amid the challenge of the pandemic. During an extended three-year tenure, Peter has driven the exploration of ambitious new avenues to communicate and promote the GC&DC and its annual Awards to a wider audience, resulting in the full endorsement and engagement of Awards Patrons and Sponsors for the upcoming 2023 competition.
Council Members 2022/23
We are proud to have Rachael Taylor, Joanna Hardy, Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane, Leo de Vroomen, Theo Fennell, Brett Payne and Tom Rucker as our Ambassadors. They all positively support the Awards and bring a unique and valuable contribution to the Council.
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.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council shares the vision to build a fair, safe and just world where all human lives are seen as equal, and opportunities prevail for all.
To do this, we must confront these issues that are present within our own industry. As individuals and collectively as an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing and silversmithing industries, and our allied crafts, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council acknowledges that there is much for us to do – listening, learning, discussing and using our position and industry reach to enact, support and promote positive change.
This is crucial work that we must undertake to ensure we can achieve true diversity, equality and inclusion within our own organisation and the wider industry; we are committed to achieving this. Working together as Trustees and Council members, alongside all our supporters, we will act as agents of change for a brighter, more inclusive and wholly progressive future for the industry.
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