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The Silver Thread : Silver Filigree and the Traditional Arts of Kosovo Elizabeth Gowing Thursday 28 June 2018

From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. Its most intricate tanglings are in the country’s cultural capital, Prizren, where a seventh generation of filigree artisans use ‘filum’ and ‘granum’, zigzags, ‘mouse-tooth’ designs and other twists and turns to magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material. The results – in boxes, buttons, jewellery, religious ornamentation and the talismans of superstitition – are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions.

image : Siver Filigree Jewelry, Kosovo

Lecturer Elizabeth Gowing studied at Magdalen College Oxford before training as a teacher. She moved to Kosovo in 2006 and there worked with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina and co-founded ‘The Ideas Partnership’, a charity working on education and cultural heritage projects. She speaks fluent Albanian and has translated two books. She is also the author of four books about Kosovo, most recently, The Silver Thread, A Journey Through Balkan Craftsmanship. She has appeared on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service 

Agenda for the Twenty-Second Annual General Meeting of The Arts Society Arden

to be held at The Core Theatre, Touchwood, Solihull on Thursday 28th June 2018 commencing at 10.30 am

  1. Welcome

  2. To note apologies for absence

  3. To receive and, if thought fit, to adopt the Minutes of the AGM held on Thursday 29th June 2017

  4. To receive the Chairman’s Report for the year ended 31st March 2018

  5. To receive and, if thought fit, to adopt the Annual Accounts of the Society for the year ended 31st March 2018

  6. To thank the Honorary Examiner of Accounts for 2017/2018

  7. To elect the Honorary Examiner of Accounts for 2018/2019

  8. To elect members of the Committee for 2018/2019

  9. To elect Officers of the Society for 2018/2019

Please Note:

  • Voting by proxy is not permitted

  • Only members paid-up for the current year are entitled to attend and to


  • Guests of Members present for the lecture which follows, are welcome

    to attend the Annual General Meeting but must not take any part