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Glasgow School of Art graduate to design iconic Commonwealth Games medals

Jonathan Mathew Boyd

The iconic medals for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be designed by award-winning maker and jeweller Jonathan Mathew Boyd, a graduate of the illustrious Glasgow School and Art, the Organising Committee can today (Friday 06 December) reveal.

Designed especially for each Games, the medals are what every athlete from across the Commonwealth will strive to win and will form a unique piece of Commonwealth Games history.

Boyd, 29, graduated from the GSA with First Class Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery and went to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art. Now a lecturer at the GSA, he is also the winner of many prestigious awards and grants, including the Donald Dewar award for exceptional Scottish talent.

Earlier this month he won the silver prize at 2013 Beijing International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition: Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges with Clyde Built, a collection of oxidised silver jewellery.

Jonathan uses advanced digital technologies in his work as well as using hand crafted skills and traditional metalworking techniques.

Glasgow 2014 has already appointed Scottish fashion designer and celebrity stylist Kerry Nixon as Designer and Stylist for the Glasgow 2014 Medal Bearers. Glasgow-born Kerry will be the creative force behind the designs worn in the medal ceremonies and seen by millions of television viewers around the world.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said:

“I’m delighted to have Jonathan’s incredible creative talent on board and I know he will bring something truly unique to the Games. I am excited to see his final designs and have no doubt that the Glasgow 2014 medals will be something truly special.

“Each and every one of the thousands of athletes who will compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will all have the same aspiration – to perform at their best and become a prestigious medal winner. Medals, whether Gold, Silver or Bronze, are a strong symbol of the Games and a unique piece of sporting history. For many, they will be the ultimate reward for years of dedication to their sport.

“The Glasgow School of Art is a world-class institution yet remains an integral part of the fabric of this great city, steeped in history and a place that has been the starting point for many artists and designers for more than a century.”

Jonathan said:

“I love the city of Glasgow and have lived here for most of my adult life; to be given this important opportunity and to showcase my admiration for the city is both humbling and extremely exciting.

“I have always thought of Glasgow as a unique and special place - one that thinks and does things differently. I hope in my design I can reflect Glasgow's industrial past, capture something of the city that it's become and most importantly capture that uniqueness that Glasgow has.”

Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said:

“It is an honour and a privilege that one of our silversmithing and jewellery lecturers has been commissioned to design the medals for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Jonathan is an incredibly talented maker and jeweller. I know that he will create a fascinating and innovative design for the medals that Glasgow and the Commonwealth will be proud of.”

Full details of the Glasgow 2014 medal ceremonies, including what the medals will look like, will be unveiled next year.

Notes to Editors

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of
athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP, Emirates and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit

3. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.

4. Originally from Aberdeen, Jonathan Mathew Boyd graduated with a BA from Glasgow School of Art and then later with an MA at the Royal College of Art in London before returning to Glasgow to lecture at the GSA while also working as a jewellery designer. Examples of his work can be viewed at

5. The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture. At the heart of a vibrant, creative artistic community, it provides an energetic environment in which new ideas flourish. GSA researchers produce work that influences world culture by generating new knowledge through creativity and conceptual thinking, and the GSA supports economic growth through knowledge exchange and the application of creativity and innovation. In 2012 the GSA opened its first overseas campus, a collaboration with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Among its many celebrated alumni the GSA counts a whole host of Turner Prize winners and nominees, award-winning architects such as Gareth Hoskins, leading international fashion designers including Jonathan Saunders, product designers such as Timorous Beasties, and product design engineering graduates including MESO and 4c Design, the Head of Design at Jaguar Landrover (Ian Callum), senior designers at Amazon/Kindle US (Jonathan Biddle) and Dyson, (Paul Reid), and winner of the 2012 James Dyson Award, (Dan Watson).

6. More than 1,380 iconic Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded at 261 medal ceremonies to be held during the Games.

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