Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, has announced the start of its annual Young Designer competition, with 2019 seeing the largest field of entrants in its five-year history.
The four-week event based in the jewellers Reading store features live craft demonstrations and a VIP winners’ event at 2.30pm on Friday 28 June, leading into the ‘Open for Art’ event in the town centre the following week.
Some 14 emerging designers at The Bishopsland Educational Trust, a jewellery design postgraduate skills provider based in South Oxfordshire, are showing in competition one new silver design and one piece of jewellery at Jacobs the Jewellers, in the heart of Reading town centre.
Open to the public between 10 June – 8 July, visitors in the first three weeks will be able to vote for their favourite designs. The last week of the exhibition joins with Reading’s established ‘Open for Art’ programme, curated by Jelly Arts, in showcasing art in unusual spaces.
A statement by the jeweller read: “The annual competition has been made possible for the Bishopsland Educational Trust through the initiative, co-operation and support of Jacobs the Jewellers, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Jelly Arts and HS Walsh.
“All parties are supporting this competition with a clear commitment to the craft and artists of Bishopsland Educational Trust not to mention Reading as a creative centre in the south east.”