Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art

The BAMS Presidentís Medal and Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art is awarded to individuals and organisations who are considered to have made a significant contribution to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal.

The BAMS Presidentís Medal was commissioned by the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) as part of its twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations in 2007and first presented in 2009. The medal is the work of Danuta Solowiej (pictured right).

The Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art was first presented in 2011 in partnership with the BAMS Presidentís Medal.

The 2016 winner is David Reid

David Reid is an artist, founder and educator who has supported the British Art Medal Society for a number of years. He pioneered small-scale bronze casting which enabled artists around the world to set up their own home foundries.

David communicates his enthusiasm for medals through running bronze-casting courses and when his course came to the UK, a number of British Art Medal Society members attended. The courses give artists enough knowledge and experience to then set up their own casting facilities and also allow enthusiasts to get a glimpse of the alchemy of foundry craft.

In 1984, David set up the Red Bronze Studio and he also had some input into the setting up of the Bronze Age Foundry in London in 1989, which has gone on to become one of the leading art foundries in Britain and provides expert services to artists wishing to cast their original sculptures in bronze and aluminium. He also ran the foundry at the Central Saint Martinís School of Art, a world leading centre for art and design and part of the University of the Arts London.

Davidís longstanding commitment to art medals, the innovations he has made in bronze casting and his generous support to the British Art Medal Society has meant that it can fulfil its objectives of developing and supporting the art of the medal in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

Pictured: David broze casting in his back garden


British Art Medal Society
c/o Department of Coins and Medals
British Museum