Silver: Light and Shade
‘Silver’ will explore the potential of silver to look extraordinarily distinctive through a range of surface techniques. This exhibition will reintroduce this lustrous metal to a wide audience, highlighting its enduring relevance in an age of plastic and synthetic materials.
It will explore the creative and technical possibilities of designing for and working with silver. It will examine how artists and designers have manipulated the material to create texture and patina, and how collectors have responded to it.
Dr Gan Shermer and Dr Stephen Bromfield have been collaborating with The Holburne’s Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts, to develop activities which showcase ‘The Science of Silver.’ They have done this by considering why you might find silver in your socks and why ‘being born with a silver spoon in your mouth’ may have actually indicated health as well as wealth!
This is a special exhibition in celebration of the Museum’s 100th and the University’s 50th anniversaries.