Zoe Robertson


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.

ScreenHunter_252 Aug. 02 16.02
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).​


Radiant Pavillion



future makers 3

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.

future makers 2

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.

Futuremakers 4

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

ScreenHunter_248 Jun. 19 19.36

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.

Subscribe Series -  Zoe Robertson - image credit Image courtesy MARKmagazine.tv Photographer Justin Ridler

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

flux image

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 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

grand union - centrala - University of Birmingham logo



Culture, Costume and Dress Conference

10 -12th May 2017

Objects and images from  flockOmania were shown in the Cabinets of Costume exhibition at Parkside Gallery and a live improvised performance intervention titled ‘Conversation on wearing: practice at play’  took place as part of the opening and private view of Cabinets of Costume on Wednesday 10th May between 5:30 – 7:30pm

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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/

ScreenHunter_241 May. 09 19.24


FLUX - Room 7 curating



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


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




grand union - centrala - University of Birmingham logo








2020 Visions


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.



This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Thursday Dec 1st ticket£20

Nottingham Contemporary

Friday Dec 2nd ticket £20

New Art Exchange

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.


Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Monday 5th  and Tuesday 6th December 2016

flockOmania with Zoe Robertson, Natalie Garrett Brown, Amy Voris and Christian Kipp

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


flockOmania 4 created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson

‘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.

flockOmania 2 by Zoe Robertson jewellery artist  image credit Christian Kipp with Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris at Parkside Gallery


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”

flockOmania 2 by Zoe Robertson jewellery artist with Amy Voris at Parkside Gallery


‘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


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 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.


Find out more:



Watch FlockOmania in action