Celebrating 80: Art in the Hand


Atrium, The Goldsmiths’ Centre


23-Mar-17 to 20-Apr-17

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Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm, Free

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Celebrating 80: Art in the Hand unites eighty contemporary art medals by students from more than a dozen UK art colleges with work by renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, writer and designer Parviz Tanavoli and his former students in celebration of his 80th Birthday.

All exhibitors have been invited to participate in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project. A surprising and challenging medium for artists and viewers alike, the modern art medal has its roots in the Renaissance tradition of making medals as hand-sized works of art.

Each year over one hundred students from art colleges across the UK - plus one invited academy from a foreign country – submit their finished works to the British Art Medal Society’s Project, which aims to foster the art of bronze casting, to be judged and selected for display. BAMS seeks to encourage and promote the art of medal making and awards a number prizes. This year’s prize winners will be on display for the first time at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.   

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. His students have gone on to become artists and teachers, writers and print-makers, and a number of their medals will be shown with Tanavoli’s work, providing a wonderful forum to view work by their UK contemporaries and to join an international discussion of the importance of the art medal.   

The Iran Heritage Foundation and The Goldsmiths’ Company have generously given sponsorship to the exhibition.

Image credit: Parviz Tanavoli, Two Hands © Stephen Dodd, British Museum 2006