Elements Festival 2015 in Edinburgh was the first ever celebration of gold and silver jewellery to be held in Scotland. It is now an annual event, representing the beauty of precious metals and the creative minds and dexterous hands of the craftspeople behind the exhibited contemporary jewellery and precious metal forms.
The fair brings together some of the UK’s most talented jewellers and silversmiths from across the UK, giving visitors the opportunity to meet the makers and discover an alternative to mass-produced work of uncertain origin. In addition to the stunning silver and jewellery fair, Elements Festival hosts a fantastic annual silver exhibition, featuring fine examples of international silver from various cultures.
This year you can expect to participate in jewellery making and silversmithing workshops, lunch talks, children’s craft workshops and ticketed evening events.
The Elements Festival 2016 brought together under one roof previously disparate elements that have never before been seen together, including a Selling Fair showing the work of over 40 of the UK’s most talented goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers; an exhibition of modern and contemporary silverware; makers’ workshops; hallmarking demonstrations; a children’s craft area and displays from the six Scottish colleges with silversmithing and jewellery departments.
Elements Festival in Edinburgh celebrates contemporary gold and silver jewellery in all its forms and by makers at all stages of their careers. Over four days, the stunning showroom at Lyon & Turnbull will become a vital hub, stimulating passion and interest in this age-old craft and its contemporary variants.
Founded in 1826, Lyon & Turnbull is Scotland’s oldest established auction house. Re-launched in 1999 by five former directors of Phillips Auctioneers, the company has rapidly grown to become one of the UK’s leading auction houses. Holding approximately 30 annual auctions, including specialist categories such as fine jewellery, antique and modern silver, Scottish paintings, British & European paintings, Asian works of art, antiques, rare books, furniture and contemporary art and design.
We are delighted to be actively involved in the promotion of new generation of fine silversmiths, goldsmiths and jewellers through Elements Festival. Having co-sponsored Silver Made in Scotland in 2008, we see Elements Festival as a further step forward in safeguarding the future of the craft as well as continuing to raise awareness of the immense level of skill and craftsmanship currently present in Scotland.
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh has been in existence since before 1492. Its dual purpose has always been to promote and preserve the trade of goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers within Scotland, and to protect their customers.
The work of protection is carried out by the Edinburgh Assay Office, which, through hallmarking, guarantees the quality of any precious metal. This is not only the guarantee of the quality of the object, but also a signature determining the maker and date of fabrication – a key for the future to unlock the story of the past. Working with international jewellery brands and designers, the Edinburgh Assay Office created the world’s first web Trustmark for jewellery, called Assay Assured.
As part of its charitable role of promoting the craft, the Incorporation has recently created two nationally significant collections of contemporary silver. In 2000, the Millennium Collection for Bute House was created on behalf of the Scottish Nation for the official use of successive First Ministers. This collection was followed up in 2007 by Silver of the Stars, a celebration of Scottish identity through the design and creation of exquisite drinking vessels, from Ewan McGregor’s motorbike-inspired coffee pot, to Ian Rankin’s architecturally structured Irn Bru flask.
Elements Festival is our latest venture promoting contemporary silversmiths and jewellers by bringing together more than 40 of the most exciting craftspeople in the UK at the selling fair and exhibiting their work throughout the days of Elements.
We see Elements as a watershed that stimulates the craft for the next generation and onwards – something which we are extremely proud to be leading.
The Team at Elements Festival would like to thank the individuals and organisations that have helped make the Elements Festival and exhibition happen.
Alex Robson of Lyon & Turnbull & James Robertson of James Robertson Photography
Matt McKenzie, Eddie Hams & Ken Craig.