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Organisers prepare for fifth British Silver Week

British Silver Week 2012 will take place from May 12 to 16.

The Festival of Silver brings together over 100 of the UK’s finest silversmiths in selling exhibitions displaying contemporary silversmithing pieces as practical and sculptural works of art.

This year will also see the July launch of the first silversmithing exhibition at the new Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, from July 10 to 14.

MD of British Silver Week Gordon Hamme said: “We consider that there have rarely been more fine silversmiths working in Britain at the same time.

“When we exhibited in Europe recently the pundits were amazed by the quantity and quality of the silversmiths’ work we displayed. There truly is a renaissance of British silversmithing at the moment.”

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