Diana Porter creates limited edition pin for the Colston Hall

Posted on 30 Apr 14:17

Diana Porter has designed a limited edition custom pin for Bristol Music Trust, in a gesture of thanks to the major donors for the Transformation project.

Creating just 100 pins, the unique design is inspired by historical archive material of the hall, as well as the architect’s visualisations of the new hall. Combining both the heritage and future of the hall, the original pin design reflects the 150 year history and draws inspiration from the historic organ, in particular, the colour.  

The pin features Diana's intricate hand etching. The words 'Unity and joy through live music" flow around the tubes, creating a unique pattern as well as giving meaning.  

"Growing up in Bristol, I have been aware of the Colston Hall as an important concert hall for as long as I can remember. Now, as a local jewellery designer, I’m delighted to be asked to make a special lapel pin to support the renovation project. It’s an iconic venue for music in Bristol with a countrywide reputation and I’m proud to be involved with its restoration and refurbishment.”

Diana was an arts administrator before retraining as a silversmith in 1990. Diana also ran an Arts Council funded Mobile Box Office in the 1970s which promoted local arts organisations around the City. 

"We are delighted that Diana Porter is generously giving her time and talent to supporting our Transformation by creating these unique pieces of jewellery for our major donors. Her work is highly renowned in Bristol and beyond, and the fact she is both a Bristolian and has spent so many years supporting the arts makes the stunning bespoke mementos all the more meaningful. We can’t wait to see the finished articles and present them to our major donors.”

Now a celebrated Bristol artist Diana celebrates 25 years of business as a jewellery designer, with her designs highly coveted in Bristol and beyond. Diana’s background in supporting the arts meant that she was keen to support the Bristol Music Trust in its fundraising.