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 Chairman: Peter Crump
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has appointed a new Chairman for the next two years – Peter Crump is the MD of renowned UK jewellery design and manufacturing company, Vipa Designs.
Taking over from retiring Chairman Andy Putland, Peter is excited to commence his new role and put plans into place to develop the Council’s work and ambitions further, continuing its excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.
Speaking of his new appointment, Peter said: “Wow! What an honour to be Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. This is a fabulous industry, and to be asked to lead an organisation that consistently supports, promotes, rewards and celebrates the very best of creative design, fine craftsmanship and talent is a rare privilege indeed. I look forward to building on the great work done by past chairmen, leading the Council to even greater heights.”
The Council, whose members are drawn from the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, expressed its gratitude to Andy Putland, who remains as a Council member and Trustee, for his enthusiasm, vision and ambition over the past two years.
Peter’s appointment coincides with his celebration of 40 years’ since founding Vipa Designs, based in Melton Mowbray. Vipa manufactures, supports and offers valuable services to other jewellery businesses including both designer makers and retailers, and has been at the forefront of the ethical making movement for over 15 years.
Peter also gives his time to the trade by serving on the Education Committee of the National Association of Jewellers, as well as judging on the Birmingham Jewellery School Design for Industry Panel.
Council Members 2020/21
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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