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26 June 2019Contemporary silver and metalwork in Britain
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Contemporary silver and metalwork in Britain Martin Ellis Wednesday 26 June 2019

Silversmithing and metalworking has undergone an unparalleled renaissance in the past 25 years, to become, arguably, the most dynamic, inventive and progressive applied art practice in Britain today. Silversmiths and students are drawn from around the world by the energy re-animating these ancient craft skills, to work and train in a field which combines the rediscovery of traditional techniques with new, critical analysis and a free and innovative approach to technology and materials. This is the most exciting period in silver history since the emergence of the Arts & Crafts movement over 100 years ago.

Martin Ellis

Until recently Principal Curator and Head of Collections Research & Development at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, he has wide-ranging expertise in the applied arts and has acted as a specialist adviser to the Art Fund.

A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Making History, he has written and presented several documentaries for Radio 4 on subjects ranging from AWN Pugin to contemporary silver.