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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,’
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flux-symposium-tickets-34504288255?aff=efbneb

There may be limited tickets available on the day, please contact room7curating@gmail.com 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 room7curating@gmail.com

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Culture, Costume and Dress Conference

10 -12th May 2017

Delighted to announce that flockOmania will be part of Culture, Costume and Dress. We will be showing work in the Cabinets of Costume exhibition and performing a live improvised intervention as part of the opening and private view of Cabinets of Costume at the Parkside Gallery on Wednesday 10th May between 5:30 – 7:30pm

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About CCD 2017

Dress in all its manifestations, whether clothing, jewellery or other accessories, is a fundamental aspect of culture, and one that culture references. This multi-disciplinary, international conference will explore the nature of dress as it relates to, responds to, and influences culture.

Clothing reflects the customs and concerns of society, and often reveals its underlying motivation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of fashion, which almost unknowingly expresses the zeitgeist of its time. The perspective of history allows us to discern more clearly the power of dress to shape lives and influence society. Politically, clothing has been used to control certain groups; socially, clothing has provided status to individuals; and psychologically, dress both defines us and contributes to our sense of self.

This significance has been effectively exploited by the arts, particularly the visual arts, where costume is often used to convey particular themes, as for example, the costume adopted in royal portraits. In literature too, dress can provide insights into character and personality; and in the theatre, costume creates a persona for the audience and the actor who inhabits it.

Through presentations, posters, panel discussions and performance, the conference will consider the many aspects of costume and dress, exploring their inter-connections and reflecting on their significance. It will include an exhibition of costume and other artefacts that articulate the conference themes.

For more information please visit ccd2017.org/

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FLUX

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ROOM7 PRESENTS THEIR FIRST EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH GRAND UNION AND CENTRALA ART GALLERIES, OPENING FRIDAY 2 JUNE

  • 4 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS
  • AN EXHIBITION OF NEW ARTWORKS REPRESENTING ARTISTS FROM THE WEST MIDLANDS
  • ONE-OFF PERFORMANCE WITH MUSIC AND DANCERS WILL TAKE PLACE ON OPENING NIGHT, 2 JUNE

Newly formed collective of curators ROOM7 presents ‘FLUX’, an exhibition of contemporary art in collaboration with Grand Union and Centrala Art Galleries. The collective is made up of 7 curators from different backgrounds brought together by their studies at the University of Birmingham.

The exhibition is formed by the work of four carefully selected artists based in the West Midlands; Mark Houghton, James Lomax, Anna Parker and Zoe Robertson.

All of the artists have made new artwork for the show, responding to the gallery space and its architecture.

Mark Houghton is exhibiting new artworks of monumental size, as well as existing works which combine sculpture and painting in reaction to the space of the gallery.

Artist James Lomax has created ‘site-reactive’ sculptures which extend from floor to ceiling, in reaction to the architecture and the history of the gallery space.

‘Intervention Architecture’ has created an installation space that can be entered by visitors. It will be blacked-out, and they invite the viewer to experience and explore various domestic objects through touch.

Jeweller Zoe Robertson has created a piece of work that can be touched, worn and interacted with. For the opening night she has invited two dance artists, Natalie Garrett Brown and Polly Hudson, and Sellotape Cinema (Stephen Snell and Steven Chamberlain) to deliver an improvised, site-specific and collaborative performance with the artworks.

The exhibition will launch on Digbeth First Friday, a micro art festival in Digbeth, on Friday 2 June at 6pm.

Opening night performance by Zoe Robertson: 2 June 2016

Friday 2 June to 10 June 2017

FREE ENTRY

Centrala Art Gallery: Art Loft

Unit 4 Minerva Works

158 Fazeley Street

B5 5RT Birmingham

 

 About ROOM7

ROOM7 is a curatorial collective; 7 curators from different backgrounds brought together by their studies at the University of Birmingham. With a focus on multidisciplinary practices, they work to explore the limits of the gallery space, and the boundaries between different art disciplines. They promote and support artists in the production of new work, as they develop their practice. www.room7curating.wixsite.com

For more information please visit

www.centrala-space.org.uk

www.grand-union.org.uk

www.digbethfirstfriday.com

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2020 Visions

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2020 Visions: Celebrating twenty years of the ACJ

Celebrating twenty years of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ), 20:20 Visions shows the best of contemporary jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years.

To mark the anniversary, ACJ has invited twenty of its most prominent and innovative members to exhibit work from 1997 alongside a new piece. The exhibition also features a number of works from members selected by a panel of advisors. ACJ currently has 500 members so this exhibition promises much in terms of range of materials, new technologies, techniques and methods of construction.

The Selection Panel: Kath Libbert, John Moore, Peter Taylor & Rebecca van Rooijen.

Tour dates:

  • NCCD 14 January – 12 March
  • Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University 20 March – 24 April
  • The Goldsmiths’ Centre 17 May – 29 June
  • Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University 11 Sept – 23 Oct
  • Crafts Study Centre, UCA Farnham 31 Oct – 9 December

The Goldsmiths’ Company have generously sponsored this exhibition tour and ACJ’s Conference in July

Invited Jewellers:

Jane Adam,  Holly Belsher,  Stephen Bottomley,  Caroline Broadhead,  Norman Cherry   Susan Cross,  Jack Cunningham,  Joel Degen,  Maria Hanson,  Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon, Dorothy Hogg,  Terry Hunt,   Daphne Krinos,  Jacqueline Mina,  Adam Paxon,  David Poston    Ann Marie Shillito,  Jessica Turrell,  Frances Julie Whitelaw,  Christop Zellweger.

Selected members:

Dauvit Alexander,  Kate Bajic,  Hendrike Barz-Meltzer, Jessica Briggs,  Toby Cotterill,  Karen Dell’Armi,  Amanda Denison,  Gail Ferriman,  Gill Forsbrook,  Irmgard Frauscher,  Anne Havel (USA),  Joanne Haywood,  Susi Hines,  Courtney Hyland,  Christine Johnson,  Stephanie Johnson,  Emily Kidson, Loveness Lee,  Katy Luxton,  Fritz Maierhofer (Austria),  Lieta Marziali,  Jo McAllister,  Annamaria Mikulik (Slovakia),  Jane Moore,  Jo Pudelko,  Zoe Robertson,  Louise Seijen ten Hoorn,  Elizabeth Shaw (Australia),  Rebecca Skeels,  Anne Walker,  Anastasia Young.

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InDialogue

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flockOmania was invited to present a performance intervention titled “Conversations on Wearing: A trio of object, movement and words” ‘a mobile intervention’ (with Zoe Robertson, Natalie Garrett Brown, Amy Voris and Christian Kipp) at InDialogue a two day biennial International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice. The symposium took place on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December and was hosted by Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Dance4.

InDialogue programme

Keynote: Professor Grant Kester (University of California)

Chair: Professor Steve Swindells (University of Huddersfield)

Curators: Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones

Guest Speakers: Dom Breadmore, Elena Cologni , Luigi Galimberti, Saskia Holmkvist, Boseda Olawoye,  Helen Varley Jamieson, Rachelle Viader Knowles and Katherine Wimpenny.

Performers: Sally Doughty, Rachel Krische and Lisa Kendall, Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, Michael Pinchbeck and work in progress by Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan 2016 InDialogue resident artists.

Presenters: Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney, Linda Duvall, Tom Estes, Sarah Green, John Hammersley,  Frank Heather,  Caroline Horton and Jacqueline Taylor, Daniel Hunt, Petra Johnson, Garrett Lynch, matthews and allen,  Francesco Mazzarella and Gavin Rogers,  Ella McCartney, Sam Metz and Abigail Parsons, Tychonas Michailidis, Jake Moore and Jade Williams, Sally Morfill and Ana Čavić, Katarina Rankovic, Zoe Robertson, Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris, Suzanne Palzer, Zoë Petersen, Gaby Saldanha, Dan Scott, Joanna Sperryn-Jones, Steven Baldwin and Craig Newsome, Dani Tagen, Arlene Tucker and Anastasia Artemeva, and Gemma-Rose Turnbull

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Friday Dec 2nd ticket £20

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InDialogue Performance Evening

In partnership with Dance4, InDialogue has invited artists who are making creative and challenging live works in the UK and internationally to present their work.

The performance evening will celebrate what it means to be in dialogue, considering diverse approaches to practice.

Artists include Sally Doughty, Rachel Krische and Lisa Kendall, Caroline Horton and Jacqueline Taylor, Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, Michael Pinchbeck and work in progress by the 2016 InDialogue resident artists.

Performance evening:
Tickets: £10 (full) £8 (concessions)
Duration: 3 hrs (approx.)
Suitable for 16+

Tickets for performance evening only are available from Dance4.

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Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice

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Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice Symposium and Exhibition hosted by Huddersfield University

Monday 5th  and Tuesday 6th December 2016

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  • Paper – Bodies and Object: process, practice and performance
  • Performance – Conversations on wearing: Practice at play

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‘flockOmania’, an exhibition blurring the lines between jewellery and performance and will be on show at The Cass Bank Gallery, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University

 9-26 January 2017

The Cass, London Metropolitan University presents ‘FlockOmania’, an exhibition created by jewellery artist and Cass alumna Zoe Robertson, on show at the Cass Bank Gallery from 9 to 26 January 2017.

‘FlockOmania’ showcases wearable objects that explore the interrelationship between jewellery and performance, blurring the lines between these two apparently unrelated worlds, and involving sound, film, dance and photography in the process.

Fifteen sculptural jewellery objects meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills, in combination with industrial processes and new technology, will be on display, creating an unusual setting for a performance-based exploration between objects, the body and the space.

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Robertson created ‘FlockOmania’ in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work. The result is theatrically-sized jewellery that emphasises and explores themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. Originally conceived as a solo exhibition in 2015, the exhibition has grown beyond the original concept, evolving into many different forms: an exhibition, installation, mobile performance and into performance lab workshops.

‘FlockOmania’ challenges the traditional display and use of jewellery. The objects break away from static display and are used to create a space referred to by Robertson, Garrett Brown and Voris as ‘a laboratory of making’. In this space dance artists improvise movement and encourage audience participation.

During the exhibition at The Cass, there will be two afternoon dance interventions on 13 and 18 January and a  private view finale on 20 January).

“I’m delighted to be invited to exhibit flockOmania at The Cass, 20 years after my graduation. Reflecting back on my life as a student I realise that the opportunity to development fundamental skills such as design via making, challenging ideas, experimenting and problem-solving have been an essential grounding to help me establish a successful and enjoyable career as a jewellery artist”

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Where

‘FlockOmania’ comes to the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University

The Cass Bank Gallery, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF

Nearest tube: Aldgate East

When

9-26 January 2017, Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm

Performance dates: Fri 13 January 2-5pm and Wed 18 January 2-5pm

Private view finale: Fri 20 Jan 6-8pm

If you would like to come watch the performances you need to book your ticket HERE

About

About Zoe Robertson

After graduating from The Cass in 1997 with a BA in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, Robertson has had a successful career as a jewellery artist. She has exhibited her work internationally and runs a studio ‘The Dual Works’. For the last 10 years she has lectured at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and for the last five has been the course director for Jewellery Design and Related Products

About The Cass

The Cass is the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of six schools within the University. The Cass teaches about 2000 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Architecture, Creative Writing, Design Studio Practice, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Painting, Publishing Photography Photjournalism, Textiles, Theatre and Performance Practice. In 2017 The Cass will launch a new BA Theatre and Film Production Design course, building on the University’s reputation and expertise in both design and performance arts.

The School also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.

Links

Find out more:

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flockOmania catalogues

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Delighted to announce that my flockOmania catalogues are now available to purchase from Chrome Yellow Books. Chrome Yellow Books are specialists in contemporary European art and craft publications. They regularly hold bookstands at colleges and universities by appointment and participate in special events across Europe including Collect, New Designers and AFEDAP

 

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Made in the Middle

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Made in the Middle

Contemporary Craft from the Midlands. A Craftspace touring exhibition 2016-2018

Craftspace present a wealth of talented makers from across the Midlands. On the 2nd December 2016, Craftspace’s contemporary craft exhibition Made in the Middle, opens at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. Made in the Middle is a recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. The eighth in the series, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region. This exhibition is developed in partnership with Herbert and is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.

Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. 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 recent regional connection. 28 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region.

 

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‘Craft is a vital source of revenue and innovation to the UK, ‘Craft generates £3.4 billion for the UK economy…150,000 people are employed in businesses driven by craft skills.’ (Crafts Council 2014). With recent changes to country’s economy we are keen to highlight and explore the value of craft both in economic terms and social contribution. Through the work and careers of the selected makers, the exhibition will explore enterprise – making as a business – through life of the sole trader . We will also build on the development of digital practices since the last exhibition.’ Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager, Craftspace.

 

The exhibition will continue its tour to major galleries across the Midlands into 2018 raising the profile of regional makers and giving them the opportunity to sell their work to regional and national collectors. Visitors are encouraged to consider commissioning new work from local makers and a range of more affordable work will be available to buy, whether your budget is a few pounds or a thousand pounds.
Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.

 

 

Exhibition dates and events:

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum: 2 December 2016 – 19 February 2017
Launch event: Thursday 1 December, 6.30- 8.30pm
Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University: 6 March – 29 April 2017
The National Centre for Craft & Design: 13 May – 8 July 2017
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum: 10 Feb – 7 April 2018

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP. Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00 Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

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In the loupe

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I’m delighted that my Subscribe series is on show at Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery and in conjunction with Plymouth Art Weekender

Celebrating the director’s Victoria Sewart’s educational routes in contemporary jewellery ‘in the loupe’ brings together a vibrant collection of work created by artists, educators, researchers, and practitioners from The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art and Design.

This eclectic mix of work on show spans the breadth of the jewellery discipline from commercial to contemporary, to handcrafted and digital technologies. These talented jewellers like to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and processes and this exhibition showcases the diversity of this subject area.  They are united by their curiosity for experimentation which builds knowledge and expertise within a particular specialism. It’s this variety of individual directions which underpin the educational experience for students at both institutions which ultimately drives the field forward and feeds the innovation seen in our gallery today.

Each jeweller has an established their own unique voice and the eclectic mix of work on show ranges from hyper decorative excessive ornamentation of intricate details, to bold vibrant and colourful forms. Concepts that transform thoughts and feelings, to jewellery that shocks, jewellery that is interactive and invites playful encounter, to those experimenting with material alchemy, reinventing materials and exploring cutting edge digital technologies. All of which gives you a glimpse at what’s ‘in the loupe’

Exhibitors are Claire Price, Jo Pond, Anna Lorenz, Bridie Lander, Toni Mayner, Sally Collins, Dauvit Alexander, Rachael Colley, Andrew Howard, Sian Hindle, Beaulagh Brooks, Kate Thorley, Zoe Robertson, Maria Whetman, Fern Robinson, Sybella Buttress

 

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In the loupe is on show at

Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery & School,39 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LE

In the loupe then travels to the School of Jewellery in November 2016

Private view Saturday 24th September 6-8pm  On until 23rd October 2016

From Lausanne to Beijing the 9th International Fiber Art Exhibition

 

Rather delighted that this piece from my flockOmania collection has been selected for the 9th international Fiber Art Exhibition. The following information is from the Fiber Art website

ABOUT

From Lausanne to Beijing is the International Fiber Art Exhibition in China that has seen itself developed into a well-known brand from 8 exhibitions over the past 15 years since 2000. It is now the most significant international fiber art event in China. It is proud to be truly inclusive.  With great pleasure, we announce that the 9th Biennale will be held in the great city of Shenzhen, recipient of “Capital of Design Award” by the UN. We welcome all fiber artists and friends, from local and around the world to join us. We look forward to your support and participation.

GOALS

  • Create a spiritual center for fiber art.
  • Advance fiber art in everyday life.
  • Promote international exchange of fiber art.

EXHIBITION Title, Dates & Location

Title: The 9th “From Lausanne to Beijing” International Biennale Exhibition and Exchange (Shenzhen)

Dates: September 10—26, 2016

Location: Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China P.R.

OPENING CEREMONY: 

Time and Date: 3:00pm, September 10, 2016

Location: Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

HOSTS:

Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office

Fiber Art Committee, China Arts & Crafts Association

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ply – precarious assembly

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Precarious Assembly

Delighted to be performing as part of ‘ply’ at Precarious Assembly an evening of performance and installation throughout the Whitworth Gallery 6- 9pm , Thursday 4th August 2016

For more information visit Accumulations

Ply is a a dual works production and collaborative performance with the Dual Works, Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell who will be joined by artist Sian Hindle

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The Cass: Hands on

The Aram Gallery

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I feel rather privileged to be invited to exhibit 2 pieces of work from my current collection flockOmania as an Alumni of Sir John Cass in a forthcoming exhibition titled ‘The Cass: Hands on’ at The Aram Gallery during August 2016

Nicknamed the ‘Aldgate Bauhaus’, The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University) has been part of the creative landscape of east London for over 100 years. As the faculty prepares to leave Aldgate and relocate to the University’s new Islington campus, The Aram Gallery hosts an exhibition celebrating its successes and enduring legacy.

As part of the gallery’s ongoing interest in process, The Cass: Hands On will show new and experimental design at the roots, using this versatile school and its history as the focus.

Work by a range of students, alumni and staff will represent the wide variety of courses on offer, including jewellery, silversmithing, furniture upholstery, and musical-instrument making. Alongside finished products, the exhibition will also reflect the Cass’s dedication to making within its teaching philosophy. A display of hand tools and a wall of experimental ceramic studies will give a taste of the school’s workshop atmosphere.

The exhibition also anticipates the future of the Cass, with its latest generation of graduating designers included in the mix.

 

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When + Where

4th August  – 3rd September 2016

The Aram Gallery

110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG, UK

+44 (0207 557 7526)

For more information please visit The Aram Gallery

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About – The Aram Gallery

The Aram Gallery is an independently curated space that encourages and promotes understanding of contemporary design.

The gallery was established in 2002 by founding curator Daniel Charny and Director Zeev Aram. Since then it has built up a strong presence and achieves increasing international attention. Until 2015, the gallery was curated by Héloïse Parke.The main objective of the gallery is to provide a space where people can discover new ideas and be inspired.  “The doors are open and we welcome everybody who is interested in design to come and have a look.” Zeev Aram, Gallery Director.

 The Aram Gallery is one of the leading contemporary design galleries in London, and sits on the third floor of Aram Store in Covent Garden.

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a shrine to women’s work

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I’m delighted to announce i have been invited to create a new piece of work for ‘a shrine to women’s work’ as part of the Accumulations research and development project showing at the Awol studio 1 – 13th August 2016

The information below is from the Accumulations website

Accumulations is a research and development project led by four North West based artists: Dani Abulhawa, Hannah Buckley, Sarah Spies and Amy Voris. Our overall aims are as follows:

  1. to develop a deeper understanding of female activists, artists and theorists who have influenced our creative practices
  2. To explore the lives and experiences of ordinary women and their contribution to the cultural landscape of Manchester
  3. To explore the personal significance of each of our own grandmothers, mothers and sisters to our lives
  4. To find methods of incorporating these findings and experiences into each of our creative practices

In order to explore these aims, we have identified four broad themes that relate directly to each of our respective artistic practices – these are, ‘gendered spaces’, ‘women’s work’, ‘archival practices’ and ‘intergenerational exchange’. We have been working to set up links with several community organisations that connect with these four themes, including the The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Pankhurst Centre, The Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir and The Working Class Movement Library.

Over the course of a year we plan to engage in activities that will allow us to explore the above aims and themes, this will include the following main activities:

  • Independent and group research using museum, library and gallery collections
  • Engaging with women’s groups in the city
  • The creation of four events (in each community organisation)
  • An evaluation day inviting everyone involved in the project

This information is from the Accumulations website

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Amy Voris writes;

My part in the Accumulations project revolves around the subject of women’s work.

There are several strands to my research:

1 Contemplating the everyday working / playing lives of my own and others’ great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mother

2 Contextualizing my own creative work / play in light of the work of my artistic / vocational great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers

3 Researching into the history of women’s work in general and in Manchester in particular

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The subject of women’s work arose out of my lifelong awareness of how my life (and work) contrasts and is in conversation with the lives (and work) of my deceased grandmothers: Violet ‘Sini Wuokku’ [Kahila] Prah, Kathleen Charlotte ‘Kay’ [Clodfelter] Voris, Great Aunty Maxine ‘Max’ [Clodfelter] Callender and adopted grandma Elizabeth ‘May’ [Morley] Poulton.

As well as working as mothers and housekeepers, both of my familial grandmothers worked as secretaries. They administered the working lives of men while also taking care of children and housework. Although I think they enjoyed some aspects of their working lives, they both harbored dreams of having an alternative life as a single, ‘career woman’ and looked on the privileges of my life (with access to education, vocational choice and travel) with encouragement and with a certain amount of envy. They both were excellent typists and wrote letters and then emails to me late into their lives.

I am awe struck by the privileges of my life in comparison with my grandmothers’ lives – most particularly in relation to the work I am able to choose to do. As I move toward middle age, I feel my grandmothers’ presence intensify in my life. I have imaginary conversations with them, sometimes asking for advice, sometimes listening to their tough and awkward questions and sometimes just sharing a moment of appreciation for something beautiful or difficult. In my body I am holding a tension between past and present. I believe that this tension is a major resource for the dances that I make.

creative outcomes

As part of this research and development phase of Accumulations, I am going to have conversations with friends and collaborators about their own working lives with particular attention to the working lives of their familial and vocational mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. These folks will then be invited to make a contribution to a shrine to women’s work. The idea is that this contribution (somehow) takes its inspiration from this lineage of women’s work while also (somehow) being engaged one’s own current work or creative interests. I imagine each person’s contribution will be quite different in terms of its content and mode of presentation. In late July 2016, this shrine will be assembled at a studio space in Hope Mill – itself a site where women laboured in the textile industry in the 19th Century. The shrine will be open to the public between 1 – 13 August.

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This exhibition is on

1 – 13 August 2016 at Studio 307

AWOL studios creative space and gallery

Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7JA

Visit AWOL for more information

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Music Tech Fest MTFBerlin flockOmania Zoe Robertson

#MTFBerlin – Funkhaus 27-30 May 2016

flockOmania has been invited to perform at the incredible international Music Tech Fest in Berlin at the end of May. See the announcement HERE

“This year’s festival theme is Transhumanism and Music as Extension of the Human Body. It’s about pushing at the boundaries of what technology can do to transcend all supposed limitations and take human creative intelligence to new planes.”

“In the last week of May 2016, the legendary Funkhaus turns into a giant creative laboratory – a labyrinth of rooms and corridors filled with curious experiments that fuse musical performance and cutting edge technologies. Artists you know well (as well as some you should – and will very soon) team up with the scientists, makers, hackers, designers, creative developers and genius inventors to create strange machines, amazing mixtures, incredible experiences and transhuman wonders. With experiments in mindreading controllers, interactive performances, microbiology synthesisers, bionic extensions and junkyard robotics – the laboratory of #MTFBerlin is a place to explore, discover, and get involved”

‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’

“Between the 23rd and the 27th of May 2016, Zoe will join a group of specially invited artists, makers, designers and inventors to explore interactive performance and ‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’ in a secret chamber of the legendary Funkhaus. Results of this collaboration will be accessible by hackers on Friday 27th and audiences on Saturday 28th of May, during #MTFBerlin”

“Music Tech Fest is a platform that not only brings together artists and developers, but also some of the greatest academic minds working at the intersection of music and technology from across a wide range of disciplines. The MTF ‘Afterparty’ is an academic symposium that takes place on the Monday following the festival weekend – the fourth day of a three-day festival. The purpose of the symposium is to reflect on the ideas that come out of the festival, to share cutting edge research across disciplines, to further the study of music technologies and to initiate collaborative research projects”

For more information and to book tickets visit

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My next solo exhibition flockOmania2 will be on show at the Parkside Gallery, part of the Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University from Monday 22nd February to Friday 1st April 2016.

flockOmania2 is a solo exhibition and installation showcasing wearable sculpture which explores the relationship between Jewellery, Dance and Performance. It was created by Zoe Robertson in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work.

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The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. In so doing this collection of work responds to kinaesthetic sensations in which the tactility, sensuality and physicality of the objects is important. The objects have been meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial processes and new technology.

The installation challenges the traditional conventions of jewellery display whereby the work hangs freely in the space rather than being contained by a glass cabinet. This creates an immersive environment which encourages performativity, audience interaction and response. Whereby the space is seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists improvise movement and the audience is invited to interact, to touch, to play, to wear, and to explore.

During the exhibition a series of durational dance interventions will take place leading to a collaborative improvised performance bringing together sound, light, photography and film artists. Working across art forms these artists will create an atmospheric, dynamic environment within which the dancers will explore the ever- changing relationships between object, body and space.

Jewellery Artist Zoe Robertson, who is a course director at Birmingham City University, said:

“We’re excited to be launching flockOmania2 the Parkside edition at this up and coming venue for contemporary art and design. This project demonstrates the potential of collaboration between universities in the region working across a range of exciting and complementary artistic disciplines. It seeks to be interactive, challenge perceptions of jewellery and will be of interested to both the visual arts and performance”

Live improvised interventions with the dance artists will take place in the gallery between 2pm and 5pm on the following Wednesdays; 24th February, 2nd March, and 9th March.

The finale will take place on Thursday 17th March 2016 from 6 – 8pm

Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body

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A symposium to coincide with the exhibition has been arranged for Thursday March 17th 2016 Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body’ with a Keynote from internationally acclaimed Di Mainstone. The Beyond Jewellery symposium will be held at Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building.

It has been organised in conjunction with the School of Jewellery (Faculty of Arts Design and Media, Birmingham City University) and the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE, Coventry University). Convened by Zoe Roberson and Sian Hindle (School of Jewellery) and Dr Natalie Garrett Brown (C-DaRE).

To discover the design journey from initial concept to realisation and for more information please visit www.flockomania.com

Visit the PARKSIDE GALLERY and HERE

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Not too Precious in Ireland

Zoe Robertson Not Too Precious National Craft Gallery of Ireland

I’m delighted to announce Not Too Precious will be touring to the National Craft Gallery Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland from 22 January 2016 – 30 March 2016. www.nationalcraftgallery.ie/exhibitions

For more info about Not Too Precious visit HERE

As part of the exhibition  i will be speaking the Contemporary Jewellery Seminar and will led a 1 day masterclass – details below.

Not Too Precious: Contemporary Jewellery Seminar

Fri 11 March | 10.30am – 4.30pm

Not Too Precious brings together work by exceptional jewellery makers, who each select their materials for their expressive potential rather than for their intrinsic value. Since the late 1960s and 70s radical artist jewellers rejected the idea that jewellery should be considered ‘precious’ simply because of the materials of which it was made. Today, the use of a huge variety of materials in jewellery is far more accepted, but economic pressures are putting that freedom of artistic expression at potential risk as people revert to traditionally ‘valuable’ materials for ‘safety’. The exhibition challenges preconceptions about ‘nonprecious’ materials, encouraging us to consider ‘accrued value’: what talented makers bring to their work through their ideas and skill.

This seminar is a forum to explore the practices of some of the artist-makers presenting work in Not Too Precious, identifying the thinking behind their work and opening up discussion around themes raised in the exhibition. The seminar will consider fresh approaches to jewellery; materials used for expressive potential; imaginative approaches to interaction and wearing; innovation, lateral thinking in design process and the role or perspective of the prospective owner / wearer.

International guest speakers include: Felieke van der Leest (Holland / Norway) and Zoe Robertson (UK). Please check back here for further details over the coming weeks.

More info visit HERE

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Not Too Precious: Jewellery Masterclasses

MASTERCLASSES with Felieke van der Leest / Zoe Robertson

Sat 12 March | 10.30am – 4.30pm | €25

National Craft Gallery is delighted to welcome two innovative international jewellery designers, Felieke van der Leest (Holland/Norway) and Zoe Robertson (UK), who will each led a 1 day masterclass arising from their own practices, exploring use of non precious materials in jewellery design, development and making. Both Zoe and Felieke are well recognized and exhibit internationally and will be presenting lectures at the Contemporary Jewellery Seminar at the Parade Tower on March 11th.

For more information visit HERE

 

 

Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015

Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015 (2)

I am delighted to announce that RED has been selected for the Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015

 

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The exhibition is part of the events planned for 2015 Beijing Design Week. Themed by “Jewelry – Boundless”, this event is designed to showcase how different cultures exchange, integrate, even collide, so as to promote the development of diversified jewelry creation and provide a platform for various artistic design concepts to interact.

For more information please visit futuredesign.cn/

To find out more about RED

Organizer:
Host: Executive Committee of Beijing Design Week,Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Organizer: School of art & design,Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Co-organizer: China International Design Industry Union, Beijing Design Society, “Design” magazine

Contact:
Gao Wei, Hu Jun
E-mail: jewelryart@futuredesign.cn
Address: The Organization Committee of 2015 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial,Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, No.2, East Yinghua Road, North End of Heping St., Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029