the brooch unpinned: the goldsmiths’ company collection 1961–2020: exhibition at the Goldsmiths' Centre, London
‘the brooch unpinned’, exhibition and online events programme, celebrates the art of the brooch. this unique exhibition brings together over twenty extraordinary brooches from the goldsmiths’ company collection by some of the leading names in british jewellery design.
'the brooch unpinned', exhibition and online events programme, celebrates the art of the brooch. it explores a selection of british brooches from the goldsmiths' company's unique jewellery collection, tracing the evolution of contemporary design in this most wearable and revealing of accessories.
this unique exhibition brings together over twenty extraordinary brooches from the goldsmiths' company collection by some of the leading names in british jewellery design, including john donald, mary kessell, andrew grima, ute decker, wendy ramshaw, david watkins, daphne krinos, jo hayes ward and jacqueline ryan.
the exhibition includes
rolling waves in moonlight #3 - sculptural brooch
the first piece in Fairtrade Gold in the goldsmiths' company collection
the goldsmiths' company curatorial team in partnership with the goldsmiths' centre will also be unpinning the secrets behind the brooch form through a curated programme of online talks.
goldsmiths' centre is open from 9am to 5pm.
The Goldsmiths' Centre
42 Britton Street
London EC1M 5AD
a wonderful brief video tour which introduces the exhibition, the spectacular brooches and the thinking behind the display, is available to watch here.
Recorded online talks
i can highly recommend two recordings of earlier lectures:
curator, dora thornton, introducing the exhibition and the research is available to view online here.
dr dora thornton is curator of the goldsmiths' company collection. she publishes widely on renaissance to contemporary applied arts and the history of collecting.
in this recorded talk, rachel church explores how brooches have been used since the middle ages as beautiful dress accessories, tiny pieces of art, or canvases to send a message about politics or identity.
rachel church has written and lectured widely on jewellery history and design. she is the author of 'rings' (v&a/ thames and hudson 2011 and 2017) and 'brooches and badges' (v&a/ thames and hudson 2019). she has worked as a curator at the victoria and albert museum and was part of the team which redeveloped the william and judith bollinger jewellery gallery.
please visit goldsmiths' centre, to book one of many interesting upcoming online talks accompanying this exhibition, including the not to be missed talk by
helen drutt on brooches, contemporary jewellery and collecting
23 jun 2021 · 5:00pm - 6:00pm
book now - online via zoom
helen drutt is renowned worldwide for her significant contributions to the advancement of modern and contemporary craft. she is a deeply committed author, gallerist, educator, consultant, and collector has helped shape our knowledge of the field in innumerable ways.
join us as she shares her experiences of the development of the international jewellery movement, and gives an illustrated talk about her relationship to brooches, contemporary jewellery and collecting.
see earlier interview
By The Goldsmiths’ Company Curator, Dr Dora Thornton
makers featured in this exhibition:
- jonathan boyd
- elizabeth-jane campbell
- ute decker
- gill galloway-whitehead
- anna gordon
- emmeline hastings
- jo hayes-ward
- dorothy hogg
- andrew grima (1921 - 2007)
- rod kelly
- daphne krinos
- andrew lamb
- jacqueline mina
- louise o'neill
- wendy ramshaw (1939 - 2018)
- jacqueline ryan
- kayo saito
- romilly saumarez smith
- charlotte de syllas
- david watkins
- cristina zani