25 years of Contemporary British Silversmiths

In-Person Event

Thursday 30 September 2021 

13:30 BST

Spaces at this event are limited, please book to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you have the correct Goldsmiths’ Fair ticket in order to attend this event.

This month, Contemporary British Silversmiths celebrates its 25th anniversary, and to mark this major achievement, recently hosted a two-day symposium to reflect on the achievements of the organisation and the sector as a whole over the period.

Join Chairman of CBS, Rajesh Gogna, Chris Knight and CBS designer-maker Jessica Jue as they reflect on the successes of the symposium, looking behind the scenes at some of the people that have made the association what it is today, and considering the challenges and opportunities for the next 25 years.

Contemporary British Silversmiths was launched in 1996 by a core group of makers determined to give a voice to a new generation of silversmiths, rich in diverse talents with a wealth of exciting new ideas. Encouraging innovative thinking and re-affirming a shared commitment to excellence in design and workmanship are their flagship values.

Rajesh Gogna is a silversmith, academic and researcher based in Leicestershire. Given Freedom of the Company in 2013, he is currently Senior Lecturer in Design Crafts at De Montfort University and will be named Chairman of Contemporary British Silversmiths for 2020/2021. Rajesh is renowned for making one-off pieces of functional and sculptural collectable art objects. He created Silverware for the Government of India in 2005 and his work is represented in the permanent collections of  the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Cartwright Hall in Bradford.

Jessica Jue is a London based silversmith and jeweller. She completed her training at Edinburgh College of Art and Bishopsland Educational Trust, where she received extensive training with many established silversmiths. She has shown her work in different prestigious platforms such as Goldsmiths’ Fair and Collect at The Saatchi Gallery. She has recently won three Silver awards at The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards 2019