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J G Graves Graduate Commission 2016

13 September 2016

The JG Graves Charitable Trust and The Lord Mayor of Sheffield are delighted to announce that Kurt Calow has been commissioned to create a new work for the City’s Civic Collection.

Sheffield’s Civic Collection contains a range of objects for civic occasions, items that date from 1897 to present day. In 2007, Galvanize Sheffield, the Festival of Metal initiated a commission to reinvigorate the collection and encourage the development of traditional skills with innovative technology and modern design.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Denise Fox is working with The J G Graves Charitable Trust, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Assay Office and Sheffield Hallam University to support graduate metalsmiths and to grow the collection.

The Lord Mayor Cllr Denise Fox said “We are delighted to have selected Kurt Calow’s design, it is very Sheffield and the piece tells a wonderful story of Sheffield‘s industrial past. We are delighted to give a recent graduate an opportunity to produce a new object to be added to Sheffield’s Civic Collection which will be seen and used for years to come”

The competition brief was to produce an innovative, contemporary and functional piece of tableware that could be used as a centre piece for civic ceremonial events. Kurt’s design is a stunning vessel composed of silver and iron. The piece celebrates Sheffield’s cultural heritage, the talent of Sheffield steel-workers and our reputation for quality workmanship.
Kurt graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in July with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Metalwork and has recently won a number of awards from Sheffield Assay Office and The Goldsmiths’ Company.

Kurt said, ‘I have chosen iron as a constituent material to the silver because it gives great prominence to one of Sheffield’s largest trades and craftsmanship. Iron as opposed to Steel also has increased resistance to corrosion, which would benefit more to the piece’s use. I felt the concept theme was very important to put forward within this competition brief and reflected strongly on the heritage of Sheffield’.

The commission is generously supported by the J G Graves Charitable Trust, Sheffield Assay Office and The Lord Mayor of Sheffield. It is part of Sheffield’s Year of Making, 2016 and marks the J G Graves Charitable Trust’s celebrations of the work of John George Graves and his considerable contribution to the city of Sheffield. Celebrations throughout the year recognise the legacy of his work and aim to inspire a new generation of philanthropists.

Richard Graves said “The Trust is delighted to be part of the Graduate Commission again this year. The selection of the winner from the competing designs was a difficult but rewarding task and the choice of Kurts`s bold design reflects Sheffield and its heritage. ”

The piece will be completed at the end of October and formally presented to The Lord Mayor. With the kind permission of the Town Hall the graduate commissions from the Civic Collection will be on display in The Sykes Gallery in the Millennium Galleries from the 17th September and Kurt’s work will follow in November.