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GC&DC competition briefs published, including new NAJ sponsored Diversity and Inclusion award

23 Oct 2020

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The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council has published the 2020/21 design briefs, which includes a new award championing diversity and inclusion, sponsored by the National Association of Jewellers.

Competition briefs and entry rules have been published by the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council, in which there are 32 sections available, including a 2d design challenge on Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by the National Association of Jewellers.

The design brief invites goldsmiths to ‘examine diversity and inclusion to explore how this can be represented or symbolised’, and encourages creative interpretation in the widest possible way, in the form of jewellery, a piece of silverware, smallwork, lapidary, engraving, modelling, chasing or even a statement of technology.

View brief

Harriet Kelsall, Deputy Chair of the NAJ who helped set the brief said,

“This is a crucial issue in the jewellery and allied industries, and we’re committed to this until it is no longer an issue any more.  We decided that our sponsorship of this award is a great opportunity to help bring it further into creative focus.  Everything about it is as inclusive as possible; anybody can enter anything whether it is a design for precious jewellery, silversmithing, giftware, lapidary, costume jewellery, a medal, small-work, something quite abstract or really just about anything else at all you can think of!

“The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards really are the jewellery Oscars for craftsmanship and design.  We’re delighted to be sponsoring this award and we look forward to seeing what creative and diverse entries arrive.”

The brief in full is:

Diversity & Inclusion (2D Design)

You are invited to examine diversity and inclusion and to explore how this can be represented or symbolised. This can be creatively interpreted in the widest possible way and relate to any section in the competition. For example, an item of jewellery, a piece of silverware, smallwork, lapidary, engraving, modelling, chasing, a statement of technology etc.

Your design can have a precious or non-precious emphasis using materials in any combination, and you are encouraged to utilise these to best suit your proposal to maximise design impact and its aesthetic values in representing Diversity & Inclusion.

 

The winning design:

The winning designer will be appropriately supported by the NAJ membership in sourcing a sponsor to manufacture their design, with the intention that their award-winning piece will be promoted by the NAJ as a contemporary statement, membership symbol and flagship representation of its association.

In addition, the Association will offer one of its JET educational courses to further the career development of the prize winner.

The winner of this special award will be announced to industry press, across the NAJ’s online platforms, with a potential editorial feature in The Jeweller magazine.

 

Entry Rules

The awards are open to anyone in the United Kingdom engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials. For the 2020/21 Competition we will therefore be accepting entries from international students who are currently enrolled in a course at a UK University or College; or were enrolled in a course at a UK University or College for the academic year 2019/20; and may not be residing in the U.K. due to the current travel restrictions.

Work must have been completed in the UK within the 12 months preceding the closing dates for entries, and all entries must be submitted online in the specified digital format by midnight on 31 January 2021.

View Entry Rules

 

Other design challenges include:

1. SILVERSMITHS - Sponsored by Champagne Gosset
2. SMALLWORKERS – A Brighter Future
3. MEDAL DESIGN – Land Erosion
4. CONCEPTUAL JEWELLERY - Designing for Characters
5. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION - Sponsored by The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ)
6. COMMERCIAL JEWELLERY - Sponsored by Beaverbrooks
7. REPURPOSE JEWELLERY - Sponsored by Vipa Designs
8. ETHICAL JEWELLERY & INVESTMENT - Sponsored by Valcambi
9. DESIGN FOR PRECIOUS METAL DIRECT PRINTING - Sponsored by Cooksongold
10. MAKE YOUR MARK - Sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office
11. SILVERSMITHS - Sponsored by Lindstrom
12. SMALLWORKERS
13. READY-TO-WEAR JEWELLERY
14. CONCEPTUAL JEWELLERY
15. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Silver - Sponsored by IJL
16. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Gold, Palladium, Platinum - Sponsored by IJL
17. ENAMELLING
18. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD - Sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office
19. SILVERSMITHS - Sponsored by Birmingham Assay Office
20. POLISHERS
21. CHASERS
22. SMALLWORKERS & MODEL MAKERS
23. MODELLERS
24. JEWELLERS - Sponsored by Brown & Newirth
25. DIAMOND MOUNTERS
26. SETTERS
27. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS
28. LAPIDARY & CARVING
29. ENGRAVERS, DIE SINKERS & SEAL ENGRAVERS
30. FINE JEWELLERY - Sponsored by Boodles
31. WIRE INNOVATION - Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers
32. LASER TECHNOLOGY - Sponsored by ALPHA LASER GmbH

Explore the GC&DC competition briefs 2020/21

Source: The National Association of Jewellers