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Jewellery & Metal (MA)



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Study Jewellery & Metal at the RCA:

22 July 2020
14:00 (GMT + 0)

Jewellery & Metal Event Panel Discussion: The Body Alive

Panel discussion on jewellery and object concepts inspired by the living body.
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24 July 2020
18:00 (GMT + 0)

Jewellery & Metal Party and Silent Disco

Spotify playlist/radio
20 July 2020
18:00 (GMT + 0)

Jewellery & Metal Film Screenings


I Shall be your Mirror

Curated by Francesca Amfitheatrof


Dinner's Ready

Humour and Story

Curated by Roger Guyett


Curated by Emma Shipley

Unconstrained by Our Times

Curated by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE

Hyper Form

Curated by Viktoria Modesta

RCA2020: One Designer’s View (Part One)

Curated by Ian Griffiths

I Graduated From My Bedroom

Curated by Victor Wang

Materiality, Sense and Sensibility

Curated by Magdalene Odundo

Peekaboo Pikachu

Curated by Joyce Wang

Slivers and Remnants

Curated by Esther Leslie

Alternative narratives

Curated by Irini Papadimitriou
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A yearly scholarship to support one exceptional students throughout their two years of study.A yearly scholarship to support one exceptional students throughout their two years of study.
Since 2012, The Burberry Foundation has supported scholarships at the RCA enabling UK and EU students to reach their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances. In 2017, The Burberry Design Scholarships were expanded to support more scholars and the Burberry Foundation enabled the establishment of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group.
For many years now Theo Fennell have been giving prizes for excellence and holding a design competition with the RCA and we will be doing so again this year. These initiatives form part of our ongoing enterprise, Gilded Youth. We look to find and nurture the very best young jewellery and metalwork talents and try to help them reach a wider audience and experience, for real, the problems of production and arrange for them to meet the public and the press in a realistic environment.
Founded in 1322 The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers is one of the livery companies of the city of London. The Company has supported RCA graduates over many years with awards that specifically look at excellence in innovative metal work, honouring the Company’s ancient craft heritage in producing artefacts of the highest quality and originality. Through its Gauntlet Trust they give grants to small charities, support science in schools, fund education and research in Materials Science at university level and reward excellence in technical disciplines and leadership in its affiliated units of the UK's armed forces.
Graham Hughes was the inspired Art Director of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths from 1951 to 1981. He was also owner and editor of Arts Review and as a noted authority on the subject of jewellery and metal authored two seminal works - ‘Modern Jewelry: an international survey 1890-1963’ [1963] and ‘Modern Silver: throughout the world 1880-1967’ [1967], and later ‘The Art of Jewellery’ [1972]. Following Graham’s death in 2010 his family decided to honour his memory by setting up an annual award for excellence in the field to graduating students of Jewellery & Metal.
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