the ethical making pledge
How the pledge programme is enacting change in the Scottish art colleges
The Ethical Making Pledge is collaborative project between the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and the art colleges in Scotland that have jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level and above. The Pledge represents the Incorporation’s and the art colleges efforts to implement ethical making practices into the curriculum and workshop methods in their jewellery departments. This includes introducing ethical sourcing as a primary concern in the procurement of precious metals.
To help make the pledge meaningful and fit for purpose in each of the seven art colleges in Scotland that have jewellery and silversmithing courses, each college nominated two student ambassadors to spread awareness about ethical making and work with the the Incorporation to achieve the goals of the pledge. The student ambassadors will visit the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh twice a year to work together to increase ethical making practice in the art colleges.
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths also visits the college workshops with their Ethical Making Jewellery Advisor, Shirley Lowe, to give talks and tutorials about how to introduce ethical making practices into their workshop practices on both large and small scale.
Learn more about the Pledge and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths’ wider Ethical Making Programme here.
Pictured are student ambassadors at the Incorporation of Goldsmiths Ethical Making Symposium (clockwise from top left): Nicholas Harrington (City of Glasgow College), Barbara Shearer (City of Glasgow College), Shirley Lowe (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee), Daniela Groza (Edinburgh College of Art modelling some of her work), Georgia Phillips (Edinburgh College of Art) and Isla Cruickshank (Glasgow School of Art). Photography: Colin Hattersley.