The British Silver Week Festival of Silver launched in The Pangolin Fine art gallery in London’s King’s Cross the week of 9-13 May 2011. Five days of themed exhibitions featured more than 100 of Britain’s finest contemporary silversmiths.

Further selected national exhibitions can be visited nationally and internationally until the end of the year - check the list below.

For information please veiw full press articles here ;

and the British Silver Week Web site

Pangolin Gallery, Kings Cross, London

Images from Day 3 : ‘Decorative Silver, Engraving and Enamel’ which featured collections by 22 master-silversmiths, chasers, engravers and enamellers.

Headlining the event was the Goldsmiths’ Company & Cartier Award winning , Fred Rich.

The event was a fabulous opprtuntiy to view several pieces ranging from

his smaller cups to his magnificent vases.

Ruth Ball displayed her recent collection of small bowls and dishes which

highlight patterns in nature and focus on themes of seasonality.

Gillie Hoyte Byrom had an exquist display of enamel portraits.

The finest details and renderings of the figures were typically awesome .

Rachel Gogerly displayed a range of small works.

Particulary beautiful were her stunning dishes.

Jenny Edge's sculptural table ware had facinating appeal,

her transparent enamels being fired perfectly into anti clastic raised froms.

Alongside the enamellers on day three where silversmiths who's work was a tour de force in engraving and decorative skillls. Promenient master craftsmen such as Allan Craxford, Malcombe Appleby, and Wally Gilbert exhibited the most amazing displays, alongside some exciting yougner emerging makers. The exhibition certaily backed up Gordon Hamme's quotes in his article :

“Contemporary silversmithing is enjoying a renaissance in the UK. In the last three hundred years there have never been more talented working silversmiths in the UK. The teaching by the art colleges of traditional silversmithing skills combined with contemporarydesign ideas has produced a remarkable group of modern silversmiths. Silversmithing is the great, unsung craft. People are only now starting to appreciate the craftsmanship as works of art, which are often beautiful sculptures, many with a practical use too.At British Silver Week events there will be pieces on sale from as little as £200 to £100,000. This is the best opportunity to meet the widely diverse and enormously talented silversmiths currently working in the UK and enables people to view, buy and commission works of art from these great British makers.”

Check out further exhibition dates and details of exhibiting artist here;

De Vroomen Belgravia 6th to 30th June
Mayfair 19th to 23rd September
Hamilton & Inches Ltd Edinburgh 1st to 30th July
Hamilton & Inches Ltd
(closed Mondays)
London 6th June to 2nd July
John Higgins Contemporary Silver Lindfield, West Sussex 18th June to 3rd July
Payne & Son (Silversmiths) Ltd Royal Tunbridge Wells 6th to 25th June
The Scottish Gallery
Edinburgh 2nd July to 31st July
Sheffield Assay Office
(Butcher Works) 14th to 25th June
Urban Armour Ltd Norfolk 16th June to 23rd July
William & Son Mayfair 6th to 17th June
Oeding Erdel in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

12th to 15th August
19th to 22th August
Duru Artspace Gallery
Seoul, Korea 25th October to 8th Nov