The BAMS New Medallist Scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 31 May!
More information here.
The BAMS New Medallist Scheme is now open for applications. Deadline 31 May!
More information here.
Registration is now open for the FIDEM 2016 congress, which will take place in Ghent and Namur, Belgium in September. For more details, please go to the congress page on the FIDEM website.
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June 2016, Oxford.
Join the British Art Medal Society for a weekend in the historic university city of Oxford.
The weekend will begin with an optional extra for those able to be in Oxford on Friday afternoon. A private tour of the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library will focus on some of the important numismatic and medal related manuscripts from the Bodleian’s collection housed in the newly renovated Weston Library. See the separate Bodleian booking form or order online should you wish to attend. Numbers are limited, so do book early.
Our Saturday activities will be based at St. Cross College in the city centre. There will be a varied lecture programme on the theme of prize medals from a range of experts and artists including Shailendra Bhandare of the Ashmolean Museum. We will visit the Ashmolean in the early evening for drinks and a private view of a new medal display All Must Have Prizes. The formal Saturday dinner will be held in the college hall at St. Cross. A medal room will be available at St. Cross from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon with opening times advertised in the programme. All delegates, whether artists or collectors, are invited to bring medals for display at their own risk.
Sunday morning activities will be held in the Project Space of the new headquarters of the Ruskin School of Art, Bullingdon Road. Artist and BAMS medallist Maureen O’ Kane will continue the prize medal theme at a practical workshop, which is always such a fun, engaging and instructive part of the weekend.
A buffet lunch will be served back at St. Cross before delegates depart at 2pm.
BAMS has secured university accommodation at several locations close to St. Cross College. Rooms will be allocated at time of booking. Directions and check-in information will then be provided. All rooms are on a B&B basis.
To book your place, please return the Oxford 2016 delegates booking form with your cheque to Janet Larkin, or order online:
Full residential fee – £275 per person
Reduced rate residential fee – £235 per person
Non-residential fee – £175 per person
Student rate, non residential – £150 per person
A full programme will be sent to delegates in advance of the weekend.
Looking forward to seeing you!
We are very pleased to announce the ten winners of this year’s Student Medal Project, selected from 132 entries.
Liz Dew, from City of Glasgow College, received the Bigbury Mint prize with her Successive Forms, inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture for the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York.
Dario Russo from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee received the Pangolin Prize with this untitled medal inspired by the Greek hero and slayer of monsters, Bellerophon.
Fay Palkimas from Carmarthen School of Art received the Eric Gill Society Prize for lettering with a medal titled My Mother Told Me, reminding you that what’s small is also beautiful.
Romane Cossin, from France, got the best “guest college” entry and Niagara Falls Prize with “Gotlib”, a medal celebrating one of the great names of French Bande Dessinée.
Hongzhi Zhu, from Edinburgh University, received the Lunts Castings Prize for her medal about the contemplative but also euphoric nature of dog walking.
Monique Jeffery Jones, from Truro and Penwith College, received the Herbie Prize for Political Commentary with her Hope medal, which reflects on the current refugee crisis.
Zoe Pearce, from Falmouth College of Art, received the Tin Plate Company prize with It is July on the moorlands … a medal merging the softness of the beach with the meditation of walking.
Evan Moore, Cardiff Metropolitan University: received the Cutting Edge Prize for his untitled piece which plays with the idea of the two sides (or more!) or a medal.
The Second Prize went to Michelle Barlow, from Truro and Penwith College with “Piece of Eight”, a thoughtful consideration of the lives sacrificed to mining.
And the Grand First Prize went to Stephanie Holt, from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, with The Weight of the World (illustrated here), which, at once, explores mental health but also the beguiling tactile qualities of the medal.
Many congratulations to all students and colleges involved and we look forward to seeing next year’s entries.
MARSH AWARD FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF MEDALLIC ART, 2016. Sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust.
This award will be presented to David Reid in recognition of his longstanding commitment to art medals, the innovations he has made in small-scale bronze casting, his ability to communicate his enthusiasm for medals through his bronze-casting courses, and the generous support he has given the British Art Medal Society in order that it might fulfill its objectives of developing and supporting the art of the medal in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
We are very pleased to announce that the 2016 BAMS President Medal will be awarded to Falmouth School of Art.
The BAMS President Medal is awarded annually to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal.
The work of Danuta Solowiej, this medal was commissioned by the British Art Medal Society as part of its twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations in 2007, and first awarded in 2009.
Carmarthen, 21-23 April 2017.
Join BAMS amidst the beauty of rural south Wales for an informal weekend based in and around Carmarthen, Wales’ oldest town.
The weekend will begin with an opportunity to show and view medals at Oriel Myrddin – the Old Art School – where there will be a drinks reception. All delegates are invited to bring medals to display (at their own risk.) A carvery dinner will follow at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, a short walk away, where residential delegates will be based.
Our Saturday activities will be based at Colleg Sir Gâr (Carmarthen School of Art) with a morning of talks with speakers including Sally Moss, outlining the history of The Old Art School; Noel and Alan Cox speaking about Welsh tokens; Andy Griffiths revealing how involvement in the Student Medal Project has influenced his work as a sculptor, and Swiss medallist Maya Graber talking about her work. After lunch and the AGM, the workshop will enable delegates to design direct into sand and see their work poured in iron. The medals made will be available to take home on Sunday. The college will also stage a display about medal collecting.
On Saturday evening, we take a coach from the hotel for an after-hours visit to Carmarthenshire County Museum for a drinks reception and a Private View of Welsh Connections, featuring medals about Wales by Welsh artists, curated by Irene Gunston and a local volunteer. The coach will then take us on to the home of Andy Griffiths and his family, where delegates are invited to an informal vegetarian supper.
On Sunday morning we take a coach from the hotel to nearby St. Clears to visit the workshop of renowned Welsh sculptor David Petersen and learn about the blacksmithing and forging techniques he uses in his work. The visit will be followed by lunch at the local pub.
Our coach will then travel on for a brief stop in beautiful Laugharne, which so inspired Dylan Thomas. Delegates will have the opportunity to see his famous Writing Shed before the coach takes us back to the hotel to collect luggage prior to departure. We expect to be back at the hotel at 3.30pm. Delegates leaving by train should allow time for luggage pick up and the short journey to Carmarthen Station.
To book your place, please return the Carmarthen 2017 delegates booking form with your cheque to Janet Larkin, or order online:
Non-residential fee – £150 per person (includes all lunches, dinners and events)
The full programme will be sent to delegates in advance.
Please note that in view of the distances that some members will need to travel in order to attend the 2017 conference, BAMS is setting aside £300 from the small surplus made from previous conferences to help with travel expenses. Please note that this offer is available only to members attending the full conference as fee paying residential delegates. Any member wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity should contact the BAMS Treasurer, Rob Lansman by 1 March at email@example.com.
The funds will be allocated by the BAMS Treasurer, whose decision will be final.
We very much look forward to seeing you in South Wales!
In 2015, Arnold Nieuwendam received the Marsh Award for the Encouragement of the Medallic Art. It is awarded to individuals and organisations who are considered to have made a significant contribution to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal. The recipient is selected by the British Art Medal Society’s Council and the Marsh Christian Trust, and receives £1,000 donated by the Marsh Christian Trust.
From 2011 until 2013, the Marsh Award For the Encouragement of Medallic Art was awarded together with the BAMS President’s Medal. Since 2014, these have been awarded separately.
Twenty Twenty Gallery is hosting Medals of the Moment, an exhibition of 8 of the best contemporary art medallists working today, curated by BAMS Vice Presidents, Ron Dutton and Mark Jones.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 28 November 2015 to Saturday 30 January 2016 and medals can be purchased online. More information available here.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the current incarnation of our its Research Awards programme, RIBA held an open competition for the design of a new President’s Medal for Research to sit alongside the existing Silver, Bronze and Dissertation medals presented this year on 2 December.
The winning medal, Earth and Sky, was designed by medal maker Nicola Moss and architect/artist Simon Beeson. More information about this and previous RIBA award medals can be found here.
BAMS gratefully acknowledges the Royal Mint Museum's support of the society's educational programme, and the Worshipful Company of Cutlers for hosting the lectures.