"Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing: these are the powers of art, the importance of which has been made emphatically obvious during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. With hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the virus and billions more either in lockdown or battling the pandemic on the front lines, this World Art Day is a timely reminder that art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis." Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO
World Art Day hasn’t been around for very long, but it’s quickly becoming one of our favourite holidays. Celebrating the development and enjoyment of art, it was founded by UNESCO in 2019 - and since then, every year on the 15th April, World Art Day helps to build new connections between art and those who love it.
Art is crucial for sharing knowledge and engaging curious minds, and this is a mission that sits at the heart of our workshop. Our craftsmanship is built on traditional, artisanal techniques, and it’s crucial that we keep the truly fascinating methods of British Craftsmanship alive for future generations to enjoy.
This year, for World Art Day, we’re looking forward to learning, sharing and celebrating one of the earliest stages in the process - the presentation designs that our silversmiths create as they conjure up ideas for the designs of our pieces.
Different craftsmen take different approaches to this early concept art - some prefer the cutting-edge 3D modelling software, others conjure up their ideas using pencil and paper, the traditional way. There’s room for both methods in our process, as they each open a door towards the masterpieces that we craft and polish in our workshop.
Discover more about our process in The Silversmith’s Toolkit. Join us in celebrating World Art Day this year on the 15th April, and join in with the various activities happening across London, including debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and exhibitions.