GOLDSMITH FAIR 2012 – London

The annual Goldsmiths’ Fair sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company held in London is coming up in a few weeks! With some 200 exhibitors, this is a great opportunity to meet other artists and see what your peers are doing on the other side of the pond. If you’re already going to be in London, this is a must-see!

The fair is divided into two one-week sessions:

First Week: September. 24 – 30.

Second Week: October. 2 – 7.

Admission: £7 for one week – £12 for two weeks

Here’s a little info about The Goldsmiths’ Company in case you’re wondering what this is all about:

From thegoldsmiths.co.uk:

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths’ Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.

Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles. In 2010 Palladium was brought into this regime. The word hallmark originates from the fifteenth century when London craftsmen were first required to bring their artefacts to Goldsmiths’ Hall for assaying and marking. This requirement continues unchanged today and the Company still carries out its statutory function through the operations of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.

Goldsmiths' Hall in 1913Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1913

Other responsibilities of Assay Office London include the annual examination of coins manufactured by the Royal Mint, known as the Trial of the Pyxand, with the assistance of the Antique Plate Committee, the checking of items of antique silver plate suspected of having contravened the Hallmarking Act.

(via The Goldsmiths’ Company)

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