National recognition for medal design

The winning design

HND Jewellery and Silversmithing student Bethany Brown recently won an Honorable Mention in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project. Competing against over 100 students from art colleges from across the UK, Bethany’s ‘Keen eyes / Open hand’ design was awarded for use of both sides and the edge of the medal.

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The exhibition worked in conjunction with work from renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, writer and designer Parvis Tanavoli in celebration of his 80th birthday. Parviz Tanavoli has been a pioneering figure in Iranian art since the 1960s, working across a number of different media, exhibiting widely, and teaching. The exhibition will showcase a selection of his modern art medals, some of which are in the collection of the British Museum, as well as a small selection of his jewellery.

Bethany’s prize-winning design was given the Honourable Mention, awarded for use of both sides and the edge, given by the Bigbury Mint. Founded in 1980, Bigbury Mint strive to design and manufacture high quality medals and precious metal gifts for organisations and individuals. Their medals will last a millennia, celebrating not only a moment in time, but a long standing tradition of craftsmanship. The company is also licensed by the Ministry of Defence to produce replica military medals, and offers medal mounting and bespoke framing services.

Speaking afterwards, Bethany said:

“It felt really good to win as I had put in a lot of hours and work into this bronze, especially when Bigbury Mint is such a huge name in medal production. Having my work on display in Goldsmiths Hall is a fantastic experience, thinking of all those I admire seeing my work gives me so much pride.”

“I really enjoyed wax carving and found it really calming and thought provoking. My first year medal was based on the comfort found in looking after animals, and the theme of comfort continued this year with my winning medal. The competition is open to all students in the UK, hoping to share and enjoy the enthusiasm of art medals.”

The medals were showcased at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London from March to April and open to members of the public. The university provided an all-expenses paid trip to London, giving students the opportunity to view the exhibition. All medals participating in the competition will be displayed at the School of Jewellery in October this year.

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