Makers’ Party, Hallmark Salon 2014 | Irmgard Fisher
With over 30 years experience in the arts, spanning high-end craft, visual arts and television, I am passionate about supporting and nurturing creative and technical excellence in craft with a specialism in contemporary silversmithing.
I hold a number of non-executive and trustee roles and work with individual craftspeople and organisations to help develop their creative businesses and support professional skills training programmes that are sensitive to the longterm training needs of craftspeople.
Projects include developing the South House Workshop Trust Graduate Apprentice Scholarship with Rod Kelly, creating the Bishopsland Educational Trust vision and programme development with the trustees, leading on the creation of the Contemporary British Silversmiths Skills Training Programme and the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshops weekend launch.
I was lucky to receive vocational training as a silversmith at Medway College of Art, where I was taught by silversmiths Norman Bassant, Ian Calvert and Bob May. I went on to develop my design and problem-solving skills at the Royal College of Art.
As a result, I have developed a deep understanding and appreciation of the needs of craftspeople and a passion for helping to protect and preserve skills for future generations.
Goldsmiths’ Company Communications & Marketing Committee
Trustee, Bishopsland Educational Trust
Consultant, Scottish Goldsmiths Trust
Honorary Member, Contemporary British Silversmiths
Liveryman, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Freeman of the City of London
Member, Heritage Crafts Association
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Lettering by late silversmith Graham Stewart