Patrick Davison, Hamish Dobbie, Errin Quinn and Dominic Simon who are taking part in the Studio Internship Graduate Award (SIGA) will be exhibiting at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair in Autumn. SIGA recipients are given the opportunity to train with the country’s leading artist silversmiths and receive funding to exhibit new work at a Goldsmiths’ Centre group show from 5-12 September 2017. Hamish says: “While working with Michael Lloyd, I’ve been further developing chasing, a technique I used in my first pieces of silversmithing. With Michael’s guidance and wealth of knowledge, I’m using new skills and processes to work the metal into shapes I didn’t think were possible with hammering alone.” Hamish will be exhibiting in Week 2 of the Goldsmiths’ Fair 3 – 8 October 2017. Errin, who has just started training under Clive Burr, confides: “So far the most exciting part is being able to enjoy the wide range of tools, machinery and expertise that Clive has to offer. Being able to learn and have the space to focus on my chosen techniques is proving invaluable.” Errin will be exhibiting in Week 1 of the Goldsmiths’ Fair, 26 September – 1 October 2017. Having completed general silversmithing training with Rod Kelly, Dominic is now practicing engraving under the tutelage of Emmett Smith at R H Wilkins. Dominic states: “I’ve recently started the second placement with Emmet Smith and his team at R. H. Wilkins after a superb first placement with Rod Kelly. I’m particularly excited to be learning hand engraving – this is a chance to observe and practice with the masters of this decorative technique. The entire scheme has a been a fantastic challenge and a learning curve.” Dominic will be exhibiting in Week 2 of the Goldsmiths’ Fair 3 – 8 October 2017. Patrick Davison completed his general silversmithing training with silversmith Rauni Higson, and is now focusing on engraving with Angus McFadyen. Patrick claims: “I’ve found the opportunity to spend a long period of time focusing on a specific technique or process extremely beneficial. It has been a chance to generate a more sensitive contact with the material, develop a heightened focus on the process that I apply, and refine the details in finished work. Rauni Higson, Chair of Contemporary British Silversmiths and Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company comments: “Training to be a silversmith may take a lifetime, but nothing beats solid, concentrated workshop tuition, to enable a great leap forward for young silversmiths. SIGA provides an opportunity to really get stuck in to some challenging projects, and there is no substitute for experience.” Goldsmiths’ Fair takes place on 26th September – 8th October 2017.
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