Applications for this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair are well under way as makers from across the UK continue to impress us with their latest, most treasured work. Including a mixture of jewellery and design specialists, this year’s Fair panellists are at the top of their field. Each adding a different perspective and expertise to the design and craft world, their discerning eyes will be looking out for the most cutting-edge jewellers and silversmiths for Goldsmiths’ Fair’s 40th anniversary. Meet the panellists below.
Christina Jansen is the Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery. Specialising in contemporary jewellery and metalwork, the gallery holds regular exhibitions of senior, mid-career and emerging artists from both the UK and beyond. The gallery is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous new town and has specialised in contemporary art since 1842.
Joanna Hardy has over 30 years’ experience working with jewellery, beginning her career as a goldsmith before joining De Beers as a rough diamond valuer. Joanna went on to work in Antwerp as a polished diamond dealer before joining Philips the auctioneers in London. She then moved to Sotheby’s and for fourteen years was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer, where she was responsible for jewellery auctions worldwide. Joanna is now a fine jewellery specialist conducting masterclasses and lectures worldwide.
Joanna is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.
Rajesh Gogna is an award-winning metalwork artist & academic working in Design Craft and Contemporary Silver based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 and completed his MA at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham in 2000. He has developed an international reputation for his contemporary silver and has exhibited in China, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands and Germany. His work is in a number of museums and private collections, including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, National Museum of Wales and The Kamm Teapot foundation in North Carolina.
He continues to contribute towards the development of innovative design and critical thinking through academic research role at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is currently the Chairman of Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS), the leading association for Contemporary Silver in the UK.
Liz Olver is the Director of Product Design at bespoke fine jewellery brand Vashi and former Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins. Olver moved from education when she joined the De Beers group in 2003 as Product Developer, followed by a tenure at Links of London as Designer. She then joined Annoushka as Design Director where she worked alongside the founder to fully realise the brand from both a development and design perspective during her 12 years with the brand.
Liz is the bestselling author of three international publications: The Art of Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making Techniques and The Jeweller’s Directory of Shape and Form.
Carving out a creative practice unique to her, Charu Gandhi founded the Design and Architecture Studio, Elicyon, in 2014.
Charu is a RIBA and ARB qualified architect, who has worked at Allies & Morrison Architects (2006) and Candy & Candy (2011), while also taking on a teaching role at the Architectural Association where she had previously read. Developing an extraordinary portfolio of commissions traversing across South Asia and Africa, as well as sites closer to home, Charu’s practice is fundamentally – and unquestionably – thoughtful; creatively capitalising on mindful, historical and cultural influences, composed from a life of wonder, adventure and artistry.
Daniella Wells joined the Crafts Council to launch the inaugural Collect at the V&A and was integral to the re-launch of Collect into the Saatchi Gallery. She delivered Collect 2014 and 2015 as Show Director and remains a consultant on the fair as the event moves next year to Somerset House.
Daniella worked with curators on Contemporary Decorative Arts exhibitions at Sotheby’s in London and New York at the start of her career, and has since worked on events internationally including her tenure as Head of Exhibitor Relations on TRESOR contemporary craft in Basel, Switzerland. Daniella studied Ceramics at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and was a Ceramics judge on the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017.
Alan Hughes is a multidisciplinary designer working across two and three dimensional projects. With a first degree in Graphics and Illustration Hughes established Alan Hughes Design – a studio designing and drawing for leading publishers and advertising agencies worldwide. Following an MA in Interior Architecture, architectural practices and Garden and Landscape designers now feature strongly in this list of those who require atmospheric illustrations, spatial or decorative design. Hughes’ first ceramics, for 1882 Ltd, were exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and he is currently learning to work in silver.
Hughes lectures and has worked with the Universities of Wales, Birmingham, Derby, Wrexham Glyndwr and Middlesex, and is currently Principal of The Inchbald School of Design. His book Interior Design Drawing was published in 2010.
Charlotte Dew is the Public Programme Manager at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, as well as a freelance curator and consultant. Charlotte’s experience across the craft sector is extensive and includes writing, curating, and speaking about various aspects of craft, from jewellery to ceramic and textiles.
Chair of the Panel and Head of Fair
Harriet Scott is Head of Goldsmiths’ Fair, working at the Company for 7 years. She has a demonstrated history of working in the arts and crafts industry, in addition to studying and working briefly in the Interior Design sector. Harriet has developed an extensive knowledge of the studio jewellery and silversmithing industries, representing makers internationally.