Silver: Light and Shade

Tells a new story about the properties of silver, conveying its visual impact and its infinite potential for creative, design-led objects.

Silver can be turned black or white, it goes red under heat; it can be combined with base and other metals, enamel or precious stones. Showcasing the work of skilled contemporary makers including Hiroshi Suzuki, Malcolm Appleby, Rod Kelly and Adi Toch alongside some of the finest and rarest pieces in silver to have survived from the last 500 years, the exhibition considers what inspires commissions and how different artists approach them to create exquisite and unusual objects.

Don't miss

John Flaxman's Shield of Achilles, a huge silver-gilt piece first seen at George IV's coronation banquet in 1821, will be displayed lying flat, allowing visitors to follow the intricate stories on its sculptural surface, decorated with scenes from Homer's Iliad.


Venue details

The Holburne Museum Great Pulteney Street, Bath Somerset BA2 4DB 01225 388588 www.holburne.org

Entry details

£4.25 with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.50)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan