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Jade MellorThe Goldsmiths’ Centre, a leading charity for the training of jewellery professionals is going back to its geological roots to stage summer events celebrating landscape, gardening and the natural world as part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe festival.

From today, a stunning indoor rock garden from Ian Drummond, the man behind Indoor Garden Design, complete with cascading, hanging orchids will provide the backdrop to Rocks, an exhibition exploring the influence of the earth, nature and geological formations on today’s jewellery and precious metal designer-makers.

“Diamonds, precious metals and crystalline forms all come from the earth around us”, explains exhibitions curator Ruth Moir, “So it’s hardly surprising that so many crafts people draw on the landscape for their ideas and inspiration. This exhibition brings the different forms of rocks together, from those who have recreated geological processes, such as fossilisation, in their pieces, to the inspiration gained the rough surfaces of rocks and cliffs. These diverse and fascinating pieces will cast nature in a whole new light.”

The celebration of landscape and natural beauty continues in a range of events – free, five-minute, lunchtime theatre on the Goldsmiths’ Centre terrace and the wildly extravagant Bling Pong throughout the day on 23 May, challenging you and your friends to turn ping pong balls into contemporary jewellery with the assistance of experts on hand.

Imogen BellfieldTwo family fun days on 31 May and 1 June, will give adults and children the chance to hunt for their own gems in the 'scratch patch' (a giant sandpit) as well as a plethora of other family activities.

The Centre’s own lapidary Steve Stavrou will also be on hand to demonstrate the process of polishing the stones.

“We’re delighted to be part of Chelsea Fringe this summer”, says Goldsmiths’ Centre Director, Peter Taylor “We forget that the jewellery we wear comes from the landscape we live in and it’s great to be able to show people where gems and precious metals come from. We’re giving visitors to the Centre the chance to experience nature and its influence on jewellery for themselves – and a whole host of other things besides. We’re looking forward to welcoming them.”


The Chelsea Fringe programme is as follows:-

Bling Pong

Thursday 23 May: 11am – 9pm
Donations Welcome, café open until 9pm

Newton’s Apple – Pop up Play on the Café Terrace

Thursday 23 May: 12:30pm and 1.15pm

Family Fun Days

Friday 31 May 12pm – 5pm & Saturday 1 June 10am- 4pm
Scratch Patch will range from £2 - £5
Other activities – Donations Welcome

About the Goldsmiths’Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a charitable enterprise with a specific purpose:-

To advance, maintain and develop art, craft, design and artisan skills, including in particular but without limitation, those pertaining to goldsmithing.

Established in 2012 with funding from the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Centre is dedicated to developing and promoting excellence in jewellery, goldsmithing and allied trades by acting as a knowledge base for the industry and those interested in it; providing opportunities for craftspeople to learn, develop and excel and sharing the very best in creativity and craftsmanship with the wider community.





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