A Sense of Jewellery




Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

Free Event



A Sense of Jewellery brings together outstanding examples of modern jewellery by forty artists and designers made in Britain over the past forty years, the exhibition sets out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrates the quality of design thinking and material innovation in this period.

Opening at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London, as part of the London Design Festival, the exhibition sets out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrates the quality of design thinking and material innovation which has emerged from independent studios in this period.

Jewels are one of the most intimate and oldest forms of human expression, seen in the extraordinary objects held in museums and personal collections worldwide. This free exhibition will unite pieces from the V&A, the Crafts Council, private patrons, artist collections and The Goldsmiths’ Company’s own collection to demonstrate how artists and designers continue to be drawn to this field of activity, inspired by its human and material histories.

This unique combination of British works has been put together by invited guest curators: Amanda Game, a leading UK independent curator and producer in the field of jewellery and silversmithing and Liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, influential designer and former Head of the School of Jewellery in Edinburgh. Major works by established artists such as Wendy Ramshaw CBE and Gerda Flockinger CBE will be shown alongside works by emerging makers from across the UK, such as Andrew Lamb and Zoe Arnold.

During the London Design Festival, the exhibition will expand to feature contemporary female artists and designers exploring themes of globalisation, identity and nanotechnology through jewellery design. Migrating Birds, led by jewellery designer Rita Patel, looks at women’s experiences of migrating to Birmingham, whilst enamel artist Elizabeth Turrell studies peoples’ group identity through making and wearing of commemorative badges. Through What’s in My Stuff?, Maria Hanson collaborates with material scientists from Sheffield Hallam University to identify chemical components in mobile phones and to discover emotional connections between people and high technology devices through making of contemporary jewellery objects.

Another highlight is a series of special events and I AM HERE on screen curated by the Crafts Council drawing on their film and image archive. I AM HERE on screen presents an exclusive insight into jewellery practice, and process, and takes a peek into the studio of makers and what inspires them. A daily programme will present a rich selection of Crafts Council commissioned films, art films, and rarely seen material from the Crafts Council archive.

Over the past forty years, the UK has fostered a high level of creative practice, with international connections, through a unique combination of vibrant art colleges, focused patronage and active museum collecting and exhibitions. The Goldsmith Company, one of the London’s oldest Livery Companies, has supported jewellery making in Britain of which the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, is a new chapter. These are the contexts for A Sense of Jewellery.

See www.goldsmiths-centre.org for further information on talks and events tying in with A Sense of Jewellery and the London Design Festival (19 – 27 September 2015) and for the Craft Council visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk.

The Goldsmiths' Centre is a visionary development for the jewellery and silversmithing industries and their allied trades, the local community and the general public - a unique space in which to learn, work and relax.

It offers fully-equipped training workshops and design studios, managed workspace, conference and exhibition space and a café that is open to the public. The Goldsmiths' Centre's mission is to support creativity, craftsmanship and community with an emphasis upon the craft of the goldsmith or 'worker in precious metal'.

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