North East Area of NADFAS
Material and Medium: silver
Dimensions: Overall: 54 x 167 x 175mm (2 1/8 x 6 9/16 x 6 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2009.205
This is a design piece entitled ‘Chalice for Fergal Keane’ by Lee Simmons. It was created as part of the ‘Designing for Clients’ bursary competition funded by the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and sponsored by the Sheffield Assay Office. The competition was open to second year students studying Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. This cup was one of two winning entries in 2008.
The ‘Designing for Clients’ competition asks students to design a suitable object for use by a real person, dead or alive. Fergal Keane is a BBC correspondent who has reported on many conflict situations from around the world. He is widely respected for his humane and honest coverage. Inspired by Keane’s description of Africa as ‘the continent of generosity’, Simmons wanted to create a vessel embodying the value of water and community in places where water is scarce. Simmons’ chalice values the preciousness of water, doesn’t waste it, makes it available to share. The text on the vessel is a transcript of Fergal Keane’s ‘Letter to Daniel’ written to his new-born son in February 1996.
The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is a leading Arts based educational charity. The aims of the Association are the promotion of the aesthetic education of the public, the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid for the preservation of our artistic heritage for the benefit of the public. The Designing for Clients awards showcases the talent of the present generation of Sheffield metalwork designers and demonstrates that innovation, creativity and excellence in design are still flourishing in Sheffield metalworking today.