Celebrating Medals: Art in the Hand

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Celebrating Medals:  Art in the Hand | Monday 30th October – Friday 17th November | 10am – 4pm

Celebrating Medals: Art in the Hand , unites over 100  contemporary art medals by students from more than a dozen UK art colleges to celebrate the Student Medal Project 2017,now in its 24th year. This includes medals by the renowned Iranian sculptor, jeweller, and designer Parviz Tanavoli, and a number of his former students from Tehran as the invited foreign college and also students of Nicolas Salagnac from France.

A surprising and challenging medium for artists and viewers alike, the modern art medal has its roots in the Renaissance tradition of making medals as hand-sized works of art, rather than as awards.

Each year students from more than a dozen art colleges across the UK – plus one invited academy from a foreign country – submit their finished works to the British Art Medal Society’s Project, which aims to foster the art of bronze casting, to be judged and selected for display.  BAMS seeks to encourage the art of medal making and saw ten students win prizes in this year’s Project.

Philip Attwood, President of BAMS and the British Museum’s Keeper of  Coins and Medals said:  ‘We at the British Art Medal Society are delighted that these medals can be shared with a wider public through this exhibition.  The display of contemporary art medals from Britain and Iran makes for an exciting juxtaposition of new and challenging works.  For Iranian students, medal-making is a relatively new phenomenon, introduced by the acclaimed sculptor Parviz Tanavoli.  Most students in Britain’s art colleges are also new to the medium.  The exhibition reveals the extraordinary wide range of responses by young artists.’

For more information visit www.bams.org.uk/