Holding Stories

Exhibition  /  17 Apr 2018  -  10 May 2018
Published: 24.04.2018

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Modern art medals are small metal reliefs with two sides and an edge, which taken all together tell a story. They can be celebratory, commemorate an event or call our attention to a certain issue. Works of art in their own right, they cover subjects from the very personal to world politics.
The British Art Medal Society enables students to engage with the ancient art of bronze casting. Using newly acquired skills, the students are able to create a work of art of permanence, creating a medal that can express their thoughts about their personal life or their views of the wider world.  This year’s annual exhibition includes over 100 selected medals from 14 UK colleges with special invited institution the National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, marks the 25th year of the competition.
The Jewellery and Silversmithing Department and its students at UCA Rochester are delighted to have been invited to host this exhibition. We and the British Art Medal Society share common goals in encouraging students to work in metal. The inclusive nature of the competition attracted us to the collaboration. Much more than a ‘competition’, it is a project that brings students to medal-making and acquaints them with it’s world of makers and collectors. The British Art Medal Society commissions medals for sale to its member collectors, and modern medals can be found in museums around the world, in the UK particularly at the British Museum and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 
Each year a range of prizes are awarded for excellence by a selected jury.  The Student Medal Project Brief does not specify a particular subject, though there are some specific prizes awarded, for instance, for political or social topics, or lettering.  The jury looks for work that engages with all aspects of the modern medal.

The exhibition includes more than 100 judged medals by students and staff from 10 UK institutions.

Related to the exhibition an all-day art medal symposium that is open to all students and staff will take place at UCA Rochester on Friday the 27th April from 10.30 h - 17.30 h.
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Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 17:00 h.
Jane Bulivant. Medal: Journey of a Deer, 2018. Bronze.. 9 x 9 x 1 cm. Jane Bulivant
Medal: Journey of a Deer, 2018
9 x 9 x 1 cm
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Gonçalo Arede Pereira Camboa. Medal: (R)evolution, 2018. Bronze.. 4.7 x 4.7 x 1 cm. Gonçalo Arede Pereira Camboa
Medal: (R)evolution, 2018
4.7 x 4.7 x 1 cm
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Vidir Myrmann. Medal: Different View, 2018. Bronze.. 4.8 x 4.6 x 1 cm. Vidir Myrmann
Medal: Different View, 2018
4.8 x 4.6 x 1 cm
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Jordan Pettite-Furze. Medal: Shades of grey, 2018. Bronze.. 8 x 6.5 x 0.7 cm. Jordan Pettite-Furze
Medal: Shades of grey, 2018
8 x 6.5 x 0.7 cm
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Natasha Ratcliffe. Medal: Today, 2018. Bronze. 6 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm. Natasha Ratcliffe
Medal: Today, 2018
6 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm
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Zinan Zhou. Medal: Planted Maze, 2018. Bronze.. 6.1 x 6 x 0.6 cm. Zinan Zhou
Medal: Planted Maze, 2018
6.1 x 6 x 0.6 cm
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