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Silver - The Aberdeen Story

Aberdeen Art Gallery

3 November 2012 - 3 March 2013

This major exhibition celebrates Aberdeen silver and sheds new light on the once flourishing and international trade. It showcases the work of the Aberdeen silversmiths from the 17th century to the present day and features objects from private and public collections from the UK and abroad. To mark this important exhibition the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums have commissioned a substantial new piece of innovative metalwork for the contemporary metalwork collection held by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections. The exhibition will also be complemented by a comprehensive full colour catalogue.

Image: The Kirkhill Tea Service by George Cooper c.1730

SILVER - THE ABERDEEN STORY EVENTS

Saturday 12 January 2-3pm
AN INTRODUCTION TO ABERDEEN SILVER
Colin Fraser, Head of Silver, Lyon and Turnbull explores the story of silver in Aberdeen from pre-1600 to the present day. He will present the new research and finds that form the basis of this exhibition, as well as discussing key pieces lent to us from individuals and institutions both locally and internationally. £5 (£4 Accord Card and Friends). Please book on 01224 523700.

Wednesday 16 January 12.30-1pm
SILVER - THE ABERDEEN STORY
Christine Rew, Art Gallery and Museums Manager. Admission free. No booking required.

Saturday 26 January 2-4pm
SILVER IDENTIFICATION DAY
Do you have pieces of silver at home that you would like to find out more about? Bring them along to show the experts from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Lyon and Turnbull. We would be particularly interested in any pieces you think have links to Aberdeen. £3 per object identified. No booking required.Please note we will not be giving valuations of any objects, and any opinions or advice given are not legally binding.

Saturday 9 February 2-3pm
FREEDOM CASKETS - WHY, FOR WHOM AND HOW?
Gordon Burnett, MA (RCA), Maker and Researcher. Join Gordon Burnett, who will reveal his inspiration and the making process of creating five Freedom Caskets given by Aberdeen City Council to recipients including Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev.
£5 (£4 Accord Card and Friends) Please book on 01224 523700.

Saturdays - 12, 19 & 26 January and 2 & 9 February or Fridays - 18 & 25 January and 1, 8 & 15 February, 10.30am-12.30pm each day
JEWELLERY MAKING 
Ruthrieston Community Centre
Take inspiration from Aberdeen Art Gallery's exhibition, SILVER The Aberdeen Story, to design, hand-make and finish your own piece of jewellery. An opportunity for beginners to try out something new and for more experienced jewellers to share their knowledge while creating a new piece. Suitable for adults. No prior experience necessary. All materials provided £60 (£50 Accord Card) Please book on 01224 523700