Belton House, jewel in the National Trust’s crown, is set to become a studio and showcase for the acclaimed contemporary silversmith, Angela Cork.

The event is the culmination of a hugely successful five-year partnership between The Goldsmiths’ Company and the National Trust, which has introduced thousands of visitors to contemporary silver and some of the craft’s most accomplished artist-makers.


From 8th March to 1st November 2014, visitors to Belton House will discover an exhibition of Angela Cork’s extraordinary recent works and most Saturdays, they will be able to see her in action. Moreover, visitors will be invited to enter a prize draw to win a silver beaker specially made during Angela’s residency. The lucky winner will walk away with a unique celebration of British design, craftsmanship and Belton’s power to inspire.  

Belton, a superb Restoration English country house, is uniquely qualified to host Studio Silver Today. In addition to its sumptuous interiors, the property boasts an important collection of English display and table silver including Thomas Heming’s service for Sir John Cust, Speaker of the House of Commons (1761-70) and early eighteenth- century sconces from the Royal household.
Angela Cork
Angela Cork is one of Britain’s most innovative silversmiths and part of a prestigious elite represented in The Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection, which will be lending masterpieces to Belton. Angela creates large silversmithing pieces which are visually challenging whilst retaining their functionality. Inspired by Japanese formal gardens, she is fascinated by the balance of objects and the space around and within it. Her distinctive vases employ simple, clean designs that juxtapose and yet enhance the organic nature of the flowers being displayed. Angela also challenges the traditional expectation for flowers in a vase to sit motionless on a flat surface by designing them to rock, hang or float on water.

Achieving cutting-edge and extraordinarily precise designs with highly-skilled traditional techniques, Angela Cork will demonstrate hammering and chasing as she completes a silver beaker inspired by Belton’s Regency staircase. An experienced teacher, Angela is looking forward to working in the public gaze: ‘This is a truly exciting opportunity to share my passion for silver with visitors at what will be the busiest time in Belton’s calendar. At the same time, I will continue to draw inspiration from this beautiful house and garden, where design discoveries appear at every turn.’

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Curator of Collections, Rosemary Ransome Wallis, comments ‘Studio Silver Today shines a spotlight on the vibrancy of contemporary silver in Britain but it is also about falling in love with a particular artist’s imagination and skill. Seeing Angela Cork, one of this country’s leading modern silversmiths, at work at Belton will be a tremendous celebration of our partnership with the National Trust.’
Angela Cork
Andrew Barber, National Trust Curator, observes ‘Visitors to Belton are immediately impressed by its magnificent interiors and collections. But our visitors also love to see a craftsperson in action and the working of precious metals is a particularly intriguing spectacle.’

The exhibition features a specially commissioned film revealing more about Belton House, Angela Cork and contemporary silver. This can be viewed here.

During the exhibition, Belton’s gift shop will be selling examples of Angela Cork’s work.

For visitor info visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house/ or Tel: 01476 566116

Open to the public: 8th March – 1st November 2014

Artist in residence most Saturdays

 

44 Hockley Street

Hockley

Birmingham

B18 6BH

Tel: +44 (0)121 507 0994

Company number 07258309