Is it Useful ?

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‘Is It Useful?’ | 26th April- 1st September 2018.

I am delighted to be invited to exhibit my RE:Animate series in ‘Is it Useful?’ on show at Unit Twelve Gallery from 26th April 2018.

This exhibition has been co curated by Charlie Birtles and will showcase a collection of beautifully handcrafted, intellectually conceptual objects. This exhibition playfully reconsiders the objects of our day to day domestic life; each object feels familiar, yet provides a challenge to interpret. Artists confirmed for this exhibition are: Victoria Scholes, Tara Squibb, Anne Gibbs, Richard McVetis, Zoe Robertson, Elaine Bolt and Annemarie O’Sullivan – ‘Making ground’ collaboration, Rosie Deegan, Bethany Stafford, Ellie Birkhead, Katy Gilliam Hull, Kate Haywoodand Fran Buxton

For more information visit Unit Twelve Gallery


Unit Twelve Gallery


Unit Twelve is a contemporary craft workshop and exhibition space in a stunning rural location in Staffordshire. It hosts a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, with complementary art workshops run by Jennifer Collier, Iain Perry and exhibiting artists.

Unit Twelve Gallery, Tixall Heath Farm, Stafford, ST18 0XX

In the Loupe 2

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In the Loupe 2  | Monday 26th February – Friday 9th March 2018

In the Loupe 2 brings together a vibrant collection of jewellery, objects and artefacts by the artists, educators, researchers and practitioners that shape the field of jewellery through their work at the School. The eclectic mix of work on show celebrates the multi-faceted nature of the School of Jewellery’s research hub and showcases the diverse interests and expertise of this ambitious and talented team. Within this rich mix of themes and approaches, these artists and makers are united by a curiosity to explore both within and beyond their ‘native’ discipline of jewellery. It’s this experimental approach which builds knowledge within a particular specialism and this broad range of individual directions and personal voices which underpins and enriches the educational experience at the School of Jewellery.

Images of Zoe’s Box

What’s in the box?

For this exhibition, the team were challenged to respond to the question – ‘What’s in the box?’ – with each exhibitor communicating an element of their practice within the boundaries of an identical white box. It is envisaged that work contained within these boxes will span the breadth of the jewellery discipline and showcase a variety of conceptual ideas, material alchemy and new technologies from commercial to contemporary, from handcrafted to digital technologies, and work in progress to thinking beyond boundaries. The contents of the boxes will be revealed on the opening night!

Professor Stephen Bottomley, Head of School Comments

“The breadth and diversity at the School of Jewellery has grown to encompass over the past 125+ years is simply dazzling. Add to this breadth of specialism a range of levels of study and an exceptional team of staff and you have a powerful creative network to encourage innovation and creativity. This exhibition is an intriguing snapshot of works across a section of this special community. Step up, open the box and peek inside!”

Exhibitors include:
Dauvit Alexander, Keith Adcock, Stephen Bottomley, Beaulagh Brooks, Frank Cooper, Paul Evans, Sian Hindle, Andrew Howard, Bridie Lander, Anna Lorenz, Drew Markou, Toni Mayner, Sarah O’Hana, Jo Pond, Claire Price, Zoe Robertson, Rebecca Steiner, Katy Tromans , Kate Thorley, Abbie Williams and Paul Yeomans.

Visit the Vittoria Street Gallery

Exhibition opens on Monday 26th February – Friday 9th March 2018

Opening party and the big reveal will take place on Tuesday 27th February  6 – 8pm followed by an opportunity to talk with the artists.

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Delighted to announce I have been invited to exhibited at KORU6. I will be representing the UK as one of 12 invited jewellery artists. In which I was able to invite two other artists from the UK whose work I find interesting and engaging to join me. They are Rachael Colley and Tim Carson (Timothy Information Limited).

About KORU6

KORU6 is an international contemporary jewellery triennial organized now for the sixth time. The main purpose of the event is to widely present international contemporary jewellery and bring together artists, lecturers, researchers and people with interest in contemporary jewellery to take part in the exhibition, seminar and workshops! The event will take place in Imatra, Finland, August 2018.  The web page for the event is

The exhibition will be open at Imatra Art Museum from 20th of August to 15th of September 2018. This time 12 talented jewellery artist were invited to take part of the exhibition. Each of them was asked to invite two interesting artist from their own country to join in the exhibition. In total there will be works of 39 artists from 12 countries.

KORU6 exhibition, Imatra Art Museum, from 20th of August to 15th of September 2018. Opening ceremony in the evening of 17th of August 2018.


KORU6 workshops, 14th-16th of August 2018.

KORU6 seminar, 17th-18th of August 2018.

The artists participating KORU6 are:

  • Jussi Järvinen, Mari Keto and Hanna Ryynänen, Eija Mustonen, Minna Karhu and Maria Nuutinen (from Finland)
  • Tobias Alm, Anna Norrgrann and Jelizaveta Suska (Sweden)
  • Julia Maria Künnap, Maarja Niinemägi and Rainer Kaasik-Aaslav (Estonia)
  • Ineke Heerkens, Jeannette Jansen and Christopher Thompson-Royds (Netherlands)
  • Jasmin Matzakow, Vivi Touloumidi and Nadine Kuffner (Germany)
  • Dana Hakim, Vered Kaminski and Naama Bergman (Israel)
  • Zoe Robertson, Rachael Colley and Tim Carson (Timothy Information Limited) (United Kingdom)
  • Liesbet Bussche, Octave Vandeweghe and Eline Willemarck (Belgium)
  • Edu Tarin, Marc Monzó and Estela Saez Vilanova (Spain)
  • Carla Castiajo, Cristina Filipe and Manuel Vilhena (Portugal)
  • Lauren Kalman, Seth Papac and Mallory Weston (USA)
  • Aurelie Guillaume, Marie Ève Castonguay and Amir Sheikhvand (Canada)




  • Imatra Art Museum, Finland 20.8.- 15.9.2018, opening on  Friday 17th of August
  • Tiivistämö, Helsinki Finland 11.-27.10.2018, opening on Wednesday 10th of October
  • Artcenter Laikku, Tampere, Finland, November 2018


WORKSHOPS 14.-16.8.2018:

Right now the registration for the three inspiring workshops is open through our web page at, where you can also find more detailed information about the  content of the workshops. Workshops are taking place at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, Finland. The participation fee is 350 € (includes lunch + evening activities).


KORU6 workshops :

LAUREN KALMAN (US) The Body Political: Wearable Objects as Social Tools

JULIA MARIA KÜNNAP (EE) The Point of No Return

EIJA MUSTONEN (FI) Transformation


SEMINAR 17.-18.8.2015:

The seminar program contains artist lectures and expert lectures in related fields. The loose frame around these two days is about current themes in the contemporary jewellery world and more importantly, about what will be relevant in the contemporary jewellery field in the future. Seminar is taking place at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, Finland.   (changes and updates in content are possible)

FRIDAY 17.8.2018

10:00 registration   & 10:30 welcoming words

10:40 Artist talk, Julia Maria Künnap (EE), artist

11:30 Heli Kauhanen (FI), Arts Promotion Center Finland

12:00 lunch & jewellery lottery

13:15 Exploring Hair as a Material, Carla Castiajo (PT), artist, PhD

14:00 coffee & jewellery lottery

14:30 Mittens and other stories, Eija Mustonen (FI), silversmith

15:15 final words   & 17:00 KORU6 exhibition opening Imatra Art Museum


SATURDAY 18.8.2018

10:00 registration  & 10:30 welcoming words

10:40 But if the Crime is Beautiful, Lauren Kalman, (US), Artist and Associate Professor at Wayne State University

11:30 Artist talk, Maria Nuutinen (FI), jewellery artist MFA

11:45 lunch

13:00 Current Obsession (NL), jewellery phenomenon

13:45 Can neuroscience help understand art?, Minna Huotilainen (FI), neuroscientist, professor of educational sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

14:30 coffee

15:00 Artist talk, Octave Vandeweghe (BE), something between artist, designer, maker, craftsman, silversmith, goldsmith, blacksmith, stonecutter, professional, amateure, enterpreneur, photographer,     photoshopper, dispatcher, scrap collector, investigator, cultivator, restorator,administrator, wanabe     archeologist and pretentious anthropologist

15:15 Now and then, Sofia Björkman (SE), artist, gallerist, curator, AJF Board member

16:00 final words

Participation fee:  2 days 100 € / 50 € for students, 1 day 50 € / 30 € for students

For workshop participants: 2 day seminar 60 € / 40 € for students

Price includes coffee and bun, lunch is not included.


For more information please visit KORU6

KORU6 event is organized by Finnish Jewellery Art Association. The jewellery art association was founded in Lappeenranta, Finland, in 2005. The association aims to promote contemporary jewellery in Finland and to improve its recognition as an art and design form.





Made in the Middle 2018

Made in the Middle | Rugby Art Gallery | January 20March 7

Made in the Middle opens at its final destination at Rugby Art Gallery on 20th January 2018.  it will be the last opportunity to see RE:Animate as part of this touring show.

Made in the Middle, a recurring touring exhibition originated by Craftspace, is the Midland’s principal selling exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art. Selected by an expert panel through open entry, it promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong regional connection. It is popular with audiences, galleries and collectors. Besides achieving sales, many makers gain from further commissions, exhibiting and participatory workshop opportunities.

More information here.

Without a Jewel

Without a Jewel, radiant pavillon, Melbourne City library, Zoe Robertson, Renee Ugazio, Anneleen Swillen, Paulina Rodete, curated by Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland

Without A Jewel engages in the discussion of Contemporary Jewellery’s materiality.  Contemporary Jewellery is a field of inquiry, not a medium, and although many contemporary jewellers make wearable jewels, some do not. Instead, they work on the edges of the field. They investigate qualities of jewellery: the presumption of wearability and value, its materiality and its context, through a variety of media including performance, installation, film and photography.

Without A Jewel will present four artists currently exploring the edges of jewellery: Renée Ugazio (Australia), Anneleen Swillen (Belgium), Paulina Rodete (Mexico) and Zoe Robertson (UK). Curated by Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland, Without A Jewel offers the chance to discuss boundary-crossing practice at a time of flux in the Contemporary Jewellery field.

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Without A Jewel
Artist/s: Zoe Robertson, Renée Ugazio, Anneleen Swillen & Paulina Rodete
Curators: Victoria Cleland & Judith Torzillo
Four artists who use performance and installation to discuss value, context,adornment, wearability and expectation.
Instagram: @withoutajewel
Melbourne City Library Gallery
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
2 August – 2 September, Mon–Thu 8am–8pm,
Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm
Drinks & discussion:
Thu 31 August, 2–4pm
Download the program here

About the Artists

Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson’s studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance. She creates theatrically sized jewellery, experiments on the edges of the discipline and enjoys working collaboratively. She is co-founder of The Dual Works an artist studio based in Birmingham, UK and her work is exhibited within an international arena The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. As seen in her latest solo exhibition flockOmania this cross-disciplinary approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments, which invite audience interaction and participation.

Dr Renée Ugazio repositions jewellery practice – redefining it as a set of actions and traces freed from their expected sites associated with object production. In doing this jewellery practice is mobilised and reimagined amid the world to explore temporality, experience and material engagement. Her research exposes how the attentive sensibility of a jeweller can surface in the production of artworks. She explores how this has the potential to draw attention to materiality, and our awareness of being in time and place. Dr Ugazio lectures at RMIT University where she received her PhD in 2017. She exhibits widely both nationally and internationally.

Anneleen Swillen (Be, °1992) lives and works in Ghent and Hasselt. She holds a master’s degree in Object and Jewellery design and a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies. Swillen’s research takes presentation as a starting point for content rather than accepting the premise that content must precede presentation. She is currently a PhD student at Hasselt University and PXL-MAD, researching the expressive potential of presentation within contemporary art jewellery practice.

Paulina Rodete is a designer of contemporary jewellery and an artist who lives and works in Mexico and is currently undertaking research for her Masters of Visual Art in Germany. Rodete is interested in the search for new meanings in objects through diverse everyday practices in various disciplines including happenings, performances, video, dance and installation. Her practice concentrates on the transformation of petrified matter & objects and ‘the extension of space in the relationship between body and jewellery’. Her sculptures and contemporary jewellery pieces have been exhibited in México, United States and Germany.

Victoria Cleland is an emerging contemporary jeweller and curator from Sydney, Australia. She completed Honours (First Class) in Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts and participated in the 2015 JMGA conference, EdgesBordersGaps. Victoria’s jewellery practice investigates notions of value and image. She completed an internship with gallery Studio 20/17 which involved critical writing, exhibition preparation and installation. Following her internship she exhibited LUXIE, her first solo project. Victoria co-curated Young Collectors with fellow Honours candidate, Judith Torzillo, presenting collections of contemporary jewellery owned by Australians in their twenties and exploring connections between them.

Judith Torzillo is an emerging curator and artist raised in Sydney and currently based in The Netherlands. She is interested in opening conversations, engaging in the activation of unlikely spaces and supporting new connections in the field of contemporary jewellery. Her artistic practice focuses on the epic and allegorical potential of matter in the everyday. Torzillo graduated with Honours (Class I) in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney in 2015. Her curatorial work includes Valuable Remains (Archive_ Space, Sydney) and Young Collectors (SCA Foyer Gallery, Sydney).​


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Sat 17 Jun – Sun 3 Sep | Opening times as per building | Free admission | Arena Gallery

Futuremakers is an exhibition and participatory programme over the summer of 2017. Three makers-in-residence will occupy the Arena Gallery for six weeks working with school groups, public programmes to play, make, build a number of pavilions in Cannon Hill Park.

Exhibition opens Saturday 17th June

Residency Programme:
– Zoe Robertson/The Dual Works, 10-21 July
– Simon & Tom Bloor, 24 July-4 August
– Birmingham Co.LAB, 7-18 August
– The Big Review, the project’s closing event, will be on Wednesday 30th August. Hosted and coordinated by Emily Warner.

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Futuremakers is a summer-long programme which aims to inspire the designers and makers of the future through acts of playing, making and building.

The project brings together three makers-in residence, Simon & Tom Bloor, Zoe Robertson and Birmingham Co.LAB, with the wider public to design and build a number of ‘pavilions’. The makers will inspire and help support the creation and construction of pavilions using the architecture of mac and the landscape of Cannon Hill Park as an inspiration point.

Resident makers will work in purpose-built open studios in the gallery to work collaboratively with the public and local groups. Participants will be invited to explore materials, play and have fun, while helping to create a new structure, supported by our experienced makers.

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An exhibition of historical and contemporary examples of designing through play accompanies the residency programme with works from established architects and artists including: Riccardo Dalisi, Renata Bandeira, Studio Weave, We Made That, Huw Wahl, Action Mobile Space, Kate Darby Architects, TakTal Test Unit, Little Architect, Catalytic Action, Kosuge1-16 and many more.

There are lots of opportunities to take part in Futuremakers. If you are interested in coming along to play and create with our makers, please come visit the gallery space and see how it transforms over the summer. The makers will be on site between 10th July to 18th August.

Curated and organised by Co.LAB in collaboration with Trevor Pitt. Support from Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University. With additional support by Hawkins/Brown Architects.

for more information visit Co.LAB and MAC


The World is Your Dressing Up Box

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The World is Your Dressing Up Box  at The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD)

22 Jul – 8 Oct 2017

This summer the National Centre for Craft & Design celebrates the flamboyance of fashion, costume design and accessories with a new exhibition, The World is Your Dressing Up Box  (22 Jul – 8 Oct 2017).

The exhibition will transform the gallery into a giant emporium of wonder and opulence, presenting well known pieces made for celebrities and the work of leaders in the world of fashion and costume design. Alongside them are trailblazing graduates, milliners, footwear designers and jewellers. Displayed together, this collection presents the ultimate ‘must-have’ pieces for everyone’s dressing up box. The chance to model favourite items highlights technique and materials and brings craftsmanship, quality and originality to life.

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My Subscribe Series on show at The World is Your Dressing up Box

Show highlights include the headpiece worn by Lady Gaga designed by Shilpa Chavan AKA ‘Little Shilpa’, in collaboration with Disney. One of only a handful of milliners in India, London College of Fashion graduate and previous intern to Philip Treacy, the artist has a distinct style influenced by travel and multiculturalism.

Staying with Lady Gaga, we also present some of her shoe designers, Kobi Levi and Kermit Tesoro. Levi’s ‘Double Boot’ was used in the ‘Born this Way’ music video whilst Tesoro is also known for his headline grabbing heel-less shoes and towering wedge boots for French-born designer, Florian Jayet, an intern for the late Alexander McQueen.

We take our hats off to London based Bundle MacLaren who shot to fame in 2011 after designing a dozen hats for the Royal Wedding and are lucky to have examples from world renowned milliner, Stephen Jones. For anyone with a sweet tooth, Shoe Bakery will definitely tempt your sweet side, bringing style and whimsy to the world of women’s shoes with unique cupcake, ice cream and cinnamon bun designs.

No show of this nature would be complete without iconic design examples – the towering Union Jack boots worn by Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell and the continuing impact of innovators like Björk, presented through the work of fashion designer and collaborator with the musician, Marlou Breuls.

We continue our ongoing relationship with artist Grace Du Prez and welcome Vogue featured  H E I D I L E E – also using 3D Printing technology. Made in the Middle jeweller, Dauvit Alexander, will show more iron ore and steel pieces inspired by when men more freely wore elaborate and beautiful jewellery.

Primarily about letting the imagination fly, celebrating individualism and self-expression the show also considers environmental and ethical questions and the issues of authenticity and style.

For more information please visit National Centre for Craft & Design

 The World is Your Dressing Up Box - The National Centre for Craft and Design

FLUX – The Symposium

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FLUX – The Symposium
Centrala Gallery
10th June 2017 5pm-9pm
In response to the challenges that artists, curators, and galleries face today, Room7 are excited to present an evening of talks and discussions on the contemporary arts of the West Midlands. During the symposium we will examine wider topics such as the relevance of contemporary art in society,

and a consideration of the status of contemporary art and artists post ‘Brexit.’
The programme includes talks by Director of New Art West Midlands Craig Ashley and Kim McAleese, Programme Director at Grand Union, a practice workshop where the audience are encouraged to respond to the artworks on display, and a roundtable conversation with the four artists featured in the show, FLUX, James Lomax, Zoe Robertson, Intervention Architecture, and Mark Houghton.

Tea, coffee and a glass of wine is included in the entrance fee, light refreshments will also be available

Tickets £5/, £3 concessions.

Tickets must be pre-booked as numbers are limited.

Tickets can be ordered via ‘Eventbrite,’

There may be limited tickets available on the day, please contact with any enquiries.

Room7 Symposium Programme:

5:00pm – Welcome
5:15pm – Drawing workshop in Gallery
5:50pm – Coffee Break
6:00pm – ‘The Contemporary Art Scene Post Brexit’ – a conversation with Cheryl Jones (Grand Union) and Craig Ashley (New Art West Midlands)
6:45pm – Break
7:15pm – Exhibition Tour, led by curators and artists
7:30pm – Artist in Conversation: An open-panel with Intervention Architecture, James Lomax, Mark Houghton, and Zoe Robertson.
8:00pm – Drinks
9:00pm – Close

Location: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT.
Organiser: Room7,
Enquiries: Contact Room7 at

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