Introducing Philip Noakes

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Philip Noakes

I was born in London in 1951 and and in 1972 completed the technically demanding, five-year full time, Diploma in the Design and Craftsmanship of Silversmithing at Sir John Cass College of Art, London, (1972), now the London Metropolitan University.

"The Cass” was affiliated with the prestigious Goldsmith’s Company. During my studies I was awarded a number of prizes and sat for the City and Guilds of London Institute examinations (today in an altered form known as the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards) that judged my design and technical skills allowing me the privilege of registering my hallmark at Goldsmith’s Hall.

This award is an independently recognised measure of my technical and design skills. The Goldsmith’s Company has a long and prestigious history and is highly regarded in the gold and silversmithing industry U.K.

After completing my studies I worked in Hatton Garden (London, U.K), the key trade area for the jewellery, silversmithing and precious gem industries in London. I followed this with a role working for the esteemed architect, designer and goldsmith, Louis Osman developing a number of high profile commissions, including church plate, private commissions.

On my arrival in Australia in 1975 I worked as a designer and silversmith with jeweller Eric Car, Fremantle, and subsequently moved to Sydney to work with jeweller Tony White.

In 1981, I established my own jewellery workshop and in 1985 opened a contemporary jewellery gallery and workshop, Studio Noko in Surry Hills, Sydney with partner, Kate O’Sullivan (Katherine Kalaf) and showcased the work of contemporary studio jewellers from Australian studios.

Studio Noko broke new ground by seeking and gaining coverage for contemporary jewellers in prestigious fashion and design magazines as well as promoting contemporary Australian studio jewellery through an exhibition program and a window showcase.

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On my return to Perth, Western Australia I was the lead designer and jeweller for the newly established Kailis Pearls, Fremantle where I researched and developed new collections for the brand. I was able to bring studio jewellery aesthetics, significantly enriching the profile of original jewellery making in what was a commercial, mainstream jewellery context.

In 2012 I established the innovative Contemporary Metal jewellery and silversmithing workshop and studio with jeweller Claire Townsend to create a context for skill learning and the promotion of contemporary jewellery. An ongoing series of classes has ensured that students at all levels have access to skilled technical training in Perth. This has been an important contribution as Institutes of Technology have minimised contact hours and lecturer contact. Throughout my career I have received a number of awards for design and technical skill. I have exhibited consistently since 1975 throughout Australia. I am included in a number of public and private collections including National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

In 2016 Philip was made a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths in London. At present he is working towards a major exhibition of silversmithing to be held at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia in 2019.

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Artist Statement

From the very first copper and brass candlestick I made in high school, I knew I was interested in forming and shaping metal.

I studied for five years at Sir John Cass College in London where I learnt about the history of gold and silversmithing from the Byzantium times to the 20 century. I was particularly drawn to the simplicity, minimalism and refinement of Scandinavian silversmiths and the aesthetic and hand making skills of the Arts and Crafts movement. The work of these craftsmen and women has had a profound influence on my own career and they continue to inspire me to this day.

I have collaborated with many highly regarded goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers thoughout my career working on ceremonial, civic and private commissions. One of these silversmiths was the late Louis Osman who had a unique way of working with metal, which showed the forming and hammering on the surface textures.

I continue to pursue innovation and excellence in my work and I keep the continuity of my craft alive with historical references and contemporary concepts. My latest body of work encompasses the traditional bowl form, combining traditional skills with modern fabrication techniques and sculptural aesthetics.


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Solo Exhibitions

1976Philip Noakes, Collectors Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1978Philip Noakes at Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

1979Philip Noakes at Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

1980Jewellery by Philip Noakes, Bonython Galleries, Adelaide, SA, Australia. 

1982Linda Jackson & Philip Noakes: Jewellery & Opals, Jackson Studio, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

1983Philip Noakes at Bonython Galleries, Adelaide, South Australia.

1990Philip Noakes at The Australian Jewellery Designers Gallery, NOKO, Sydney, NSW. 

2019Philip Noakes’ Sculptural Silver, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

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Selected Group Exhibitions 

1975Eric and Rinske Car Duo exhibition at Collectors Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1976Christmas Exhibition at Collectors Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1977Crafts ’77 at the Undercroft Gallery, University of WA.

1981Opalinda catwalk parade at Jameson Street Night Club, Sydney, NSW.

1982-84 Australian Jewellery, touring in Europe. 
Goldsmiths Hall, London, England,
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England, 
City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland,
Antwerp Diamond Museum, Antwerp, Belgium,
Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany,
Deutsches Goldschmeidehaus, Hanau, Germany,
Galerie am Graben, Vienna, Austria,
Kunste Industrie Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark,
Galerie d' Art Municipale, Luxemburg,
National Gallery of Art, Athens, Greece,
Dorrotya Utca Gallery, Budapest, Hungary,
Palazzo Barberini, Rome, Italy,
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal,
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong,
National Museum and Art Gallery, Singapore.

1983Design & Tradition, Crafts Council Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

1986Function, Studio Noko, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 
Big Bold and Beautiful Rings, Makers Mark, Melbourne, Australia. 
Australian Happening at Nieman Marcus, Dallas, USA.

1988Stuart Devlin Award, Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.

1990Objects of Desire, Noko: The Australian Jewellery Designers Gallery, NSW. 

1992Design Visions, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.

1997Pure Creation, Perth Mint, Western Australia.

1997Pure Vision Jewellery Design Award at South Sea Consortium Pearl Design Award, at Shinju Matsuri, Broome, Western Australia.
Artistic Australia in Tokyo and Nagoya in Japan for Artisans of the Sea

1998Pure Creation ‘98 at Broome, Sun Pictures, Broome, Western Australia,
Maker’s Mark Gallery, Sydney, NSW and Melbourne,
The Goldsmith, Hobart, Tasmania, 
Myer’s Sydney and other Myer venues around Australia.

1999International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Awards, Hong Kong and touring internationally.

2015-17 A Year In the Making, touring Geraldton, Katanning, Albany, Wanneroo, Busselton, Kalgoorlie, Carnarvon, Mandurah, Port Hedland and Bunbury in Western Australia.

2017Ring Master at Bilk, Design Canberra Festival, Australian Capital Territory.

2018To have and to hold, the Daalder collection of international jewellery, Art Gallery of South Australia.

2018-19 Masters: Art of the Precious Metal Object, National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria.


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1970Third prize – Designer Silversmiths Under 21, The Goldsmiths’, Silversmiths’ & Jewellers’ Art Council, London, UK.

1971 Third prize – Silversmiths [Apprentices], The Goldsmiths’, Silversmiths’ & Jewellers’ Art Council, London, UK.

1971Awarded joint Third Prize in the “Topham Trophy 72” competition – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.

1972Second prize – Designers and Silversmiths, The Goldsmiths’, Silversmiths’ & Jewellers’ Art Council, London, UK.

1989Diploma of Honour, Diamonds Facets 1989, Sydney, Australia. 

1996“South Sea Consortium Pearl Design Award”, Shinju Matsuri, Broome, Australia, for Artisans of the Sea. 

1997“Pure Visione”, section at Pure Creation ’97, South Sea Consortium Pearl (Jewellery) Design Awards, for Artisans of the Sea.

1998“Pure Creation” section and “Pure Elegance Gold Award” at Pure Creation ’98, South Sea Pearl (Jewellery) Design Awards. 

1998“South Sea Consortium Pearl Design Award” at the JAA Australian Jewellery Design Awards, for Artisans of the Sea.

1999“Silver Award” International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Awards, Hong Kong, for Artisans of the Sea.


Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth, Australia)

National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, Australia)

Powerhouse House Museum, (Sydney, New South Wales)

Private collections (Australia, U.K and U.S.A)


Chalice and Paten, Parish of Hutton, All Saints with St Peter’s church, Essex, UK, 1972.

Flying Fifteen Sailing Trophy, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Western Australia, c.1976.

Altar Cross, King’s School Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1981.

Votive bowls, for the school chapel, Saint Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Perth, WA, 2014.

20 small silver bowls for St Mary’s Old Girls Association 2014

Chancellor’s Farewell Gift, University of Western Australia, 2017.

Corporate gift for TPE (WA) Pty. Ltd. Trading as Production Edge, 2017.

Numerous private commissions.