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Brooching Verona

In concurrence with the annual Art-Verona Fair, more than twenty brooches by Italian and international artists made of unconventional and unusual materials in addition to metals, will be displayed in shop windows in the old town center of Verona from October 8, 2013 to October 20, 2013. These artifacts can be considered art works thanks to their significant emotional and intellectual contents. The focus of the event will be the concurrent exhibition “Enchanted Dialogues: Brooches in Tribute of Verona”, held at the deconsecrated church of San Pietro in Archivolto, next to the Cathedral of Verona. Overall “Brooching Verona” is a rare opportunity for citizens and tourists to approach the world, little-known yet deserving more attention, of ” contemporary jewels.” In addition to that, it contributes to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere in the historical streets of Verona. It is organized by associazione Nuro in collaboration with Verona’s Cathedral under both Verona Town Council’s and Province’s Patronage.


Luis Acosta (Nl/Ar) Alicia Jane Boswell (Usa) Lilia Breyter (Ar) Paula Bruno (Ar) Isabelle Busnel (Uk) Ana Helena Chifflet Guiponi (Uy) Cinzia Costantini/Stefania Gerbo (It) Nunzia De Feo (It) Clara Del Papa (It) Maria Aida Fernandez Rubio (Uy) Alessandra Gates (It/Usa) Joanne Haywood (Uk) Susana Hernandez Morin (Uy) Rita Martinez (Cr/It),  Zoe Robertson (Uk) Kaoru Rogers (Aus) Vicky Saragouda (Uk) Julie Usel (Uk) Elena Varela (Uz) Ornella Zaccaria (It) Melania Zucchi (It).

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ENCHANTED DIALOGUES:Brooches in tribute of Verona

The exhibition “Enchanted Dialogues:Brooches in Tribute of Verona” will be held in the deconsecrated church of San Pietro in Achivolto next to Verona’s Cathedral , from October 8 -20 2013 Curated by Nunzia De Feo and organized by associazione Nurò under the patronage of Verona’s Town Council and Verona’s Province with Cantina Castelnuovo del Garda’s and Agriform’s contribution, it has been set-up thanks to the foresight and generosity of Verona’s Cathedral. Given the pressing economic stagnation, Monsignor Antonio Finardi, Verona’s Cathedral Parish Priest, aware that having a job is inseparable from a human being’s dignity, asserts: “It is important to encourage and be close to those who are actively involved in experimenting and exploring new possibilities and solutions”.

As the title suggests, the show invites visitors to engage with the artifacts displayed in intimate and spontaneous conversations inside of which old memories, disjointed emotions and forgotten anecdotes can emerge.

Three are the thematic areas that constitute the main focus of the event:

  • Architecture of Verona: monuments and dynamism
  • Verona in the past: customs and cultural traditions
  • Paths: growing in “Hope”

Participants – Invited to deal with the ambitious project are some leading figures in the international contemporary jewelry world next to young talents from different countries outside of Europe, too.

Luis Acosta (Ar/Nl) Vicky Ambery-Smith (Uk) Luigi Barato (It) Leah Becker (Usa) Alica Jane Boswell (Usa) Lilia Breyter (Ar) Paula Breyter (Ar) Paula Bruno (Ar) Isabelle Busnell (Uk) Mariano Contin (It) Cinzia Costantini/Stefania Gerbo (It) Patricia Cruz (It) Nunzia De Feo (It) Corrado De Meo (It) Pieralba De Rosa (It) Luisa De Santi (It) Clara Del Papa (It) Suzanne Esser (Nl) Anna Galtarossa (It) Lucia Gigena (Uy) Suzanne Golden (Usa) Marianna Hadass (Uk) Joanne Haywood (Uk) Roberta Hibberd (Uk) Agnieszka Kiersztan (It) Rita Martinez (Cr/It) Mikiko Minewaki (Jp) Maria Rosa Mongelli (Ar) Viktoria Munzker (At) Martha Pachon (It) Mabel Pena (Ar) Paola Perez (Bo) Patrizia Polese (It) Zoe Robertson (Uk) Niki Stylianou (Gr) Davinia Torija (Es) Julie Usel (Uk) Stella Valencia (Cr) Davide Zambon (It) Melania Zucchi (It).

Associazione Nurò, established in Verona in January 2013, aims to be a driving force to promote knowledge of contemporary jewelry and reinvigorate its credibility inside the general public. Through the organization of exhibitions, workshops and conferences encourages a deepening of matters that engage in the world of ethics, law, fashion and wellness. In its mission hopes collaborations with public and private institutions

For more information about this exhibition please visit Enchanted Dialogues



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Diamond Jubilee
The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is proud to be presenting a touring exhibition of jewellery specially designed and made on the theme of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Thirty two makers have created pieces especially for the event, resulting in a wide variety of individual interpretations in precious and non-precious materials. All the participating designers have embraced the theme of Jubilee celebration with style, irreverence, humour and panache. Crushed gemstones, sweets and jellies, ribbon, graphite powder, flocked and sublimated materials, rub shoulders with diamonds, silver and 18ct gold, in a glorious celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years reign.

All the pieces were selected by a distinguished judging panel chaired by

Professor Jack Cunningham, which included Corinne Julius, Jacqueline Gestetner, Joanna Hardy, Kath Libbert and Karen Dell’Armi.

Leading jewellery designers taking part include Stephen Bottomley, Kelvin J Birk, Maria Hanson, and Zoe Robertson.

The exhibition opens at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, and then starts its tri-nation tour to Llantrisant, South Wales before showing at the newly opened Goldsmiths’ Centre, London – the first exhibition to be held there after its’ own opening Royal exhibition. This is a testament to the Association’s high profile, and to the Centre’s commitment to showing work in non-traditional as well as traditional materials, and used in non-traditional ways.

ACJ Diamond Jubilee Exhibition at-

  • Birmingham School of Jewellery, March 12 to 30;
  • Llantrisant Gallery, May 1 to 31;
  • Goldsmiths’ Centre, Clerkenwell, London, June 11 to 16;
  • SH Gallery, Edinburgh, July 2 to 28;
  • North Glasgow College, August 27 to 31.

For further information see Diamond Jubilee

Exhibition Catalogue

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery


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European Prize for Applied Arts 2012  

What is Applied Arts? ” When creating bursts into daily life, when jewellery becomes message, when ceramics becomes poem, when design changes life, when the artists have a fresh look at everything of daily life, and create unique pieces through the “intelligence of the hand”, this is what Applied Arts means.

Objects and furniture design, textile design, contemporary ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing, glass, metalwork,… Come and discover the best of European Applied Arts, during summertime, at the Grand Hall of the “Abattoirs Abattoirs” of Mons (Belgium).

Seasoned designers and young talents, whose creations will be on show in the magnificent showcase of the Grand Hall, interact thanks to an exhibition design from entrusted to Evelyne Gilmont, a designer from Brussels teaching at the School of Plastic and Visual Arts of Mons” courtesy of WCC-BF website

From a total of 550 applications from all around Europe, the jury met at the WCC-BF’s gallery in Mons and selected just 86 applications for the exhibition

The following experts selected the work

  • Alice Cantigniau, Culture Service, City Mons
  • Vincent Cartuyvels, Director Artschool ” Le 75″, Brussels
  • Liesbeth Den Besten, art critic, curator, expert in contemporary jewellery
  • Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida, Art historian, Art Director Gallery Collection, Paris
  • Hélène Martiat, Inspector Art Education, Ministry of Education
  • Frank Steyaert, Ceramicist, collector, Director Gallery Steyaert, Gent

Zoe Robertson commented ” I am extremely delighted to be selected for this prestigious exhibition and to be amongst such esteemed company alongside applied artists of the highest calibre is a great honour”

Amongst the exhibits an international jury of experts will award, two prizes which will be announced at the private view:

  • The Master Prize, which carries a money prize of €3,500, conferred on an artist over 35 years of age, author of a key work.
  • The Young Talent Prize, which carries a money prize of €3,000, conferred on a young artist aged 35 at most

The European Prize for Applied arts will take place from 14th July until 9th September, 2012 at Les Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium at the World Crafts Council-Europe. Organised by WCC-BF, in partnership with the City of Mons and WCC-Europe. With the support of the Plastic Arts Department of the Federation Wallonia Brussels and Design Vlaanderen

For further information please visit: World Crafts Council

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of European Prize

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Currently featured as the only UK jewellery artist in a European touring exhibition titled Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle? This will travel to venues in Italy and Germany over the forthcoming year.

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of the exhibition curators Heidemarie Herb and Luigi Mariani

“…The perceptions of Dante Alighieri, who described the seven deadly sins and seven virtues in his Divine Comedy, are the starting point of the competition and exhibition project entitled Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle?

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the great Italian poet of the late Middle Ages, referred to lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride as deadly sins. We wanted to find out what jewelry artists think about vices and lifestyle in our day and age and asked them to illustrate, using their medium, the ideas associated in the past with sin and vice.

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll….. Vices or Lifestyle? competition puts contemporary jewelry in the lime light. All over the world, this highly traditional medium is being used in a largely liberal artistic fashion. Any material is allowed, and an almost unlimited spectrum of ideas can be expressed in these body related creations. What unites the protagonists of modern jewelry is the idea that their medium is neither supposed to serve merely as a fashionable accessory nor as a means of representation. Artistically designed jewelry is above all a carrier of ideas. Which are interpreted in this exhibition of 22 jewelry artists from 11 different countries….”

The competition jurors included: Barbara Schmidt and Giovanni Corvaja,

Curators of the exhibition: Heidemarie Herb and Luigi Mariani


The exhibition opens on

  •  Werkschau Simone Winkler – 28/09 – 12/10 2012
  • Galleria 42 Contemporaneo – 03/11 – 29/11 2012
  • Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus – 04/07 -18/08 2013

For further information visit Klimt02  and   Facebook

Photo thanks to “Angelo Verga Studio”



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An exhibition in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation from 13th January to 3rd March 2012

Electrum Gallery is are pleased to announce an exhibition in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), in which our makers from both galleries will show one-off pieces inspired by the theme of the heart. Ten percent of the profits will go towards the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, which funds groundbreaking research into repairing the heart muscle after a heart attack.

Over twenty of our artists from each gallery responded to the invitation to take part in the Target the Heart show to support a cause which could give hope to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. At this time of the year around Valentine’s Day, where we all are especially concerned with matters of the heart, they have interpreted its iconic shape as well as the associated symbolism.

Mikala Djorup’s focus lies on the heart as a muscle, the hardworking machine that keeps us alive, pumping the blood around our bodies. She has simplified the complex shape of a real heart, and made a brooch to put where one sees fit; for example on one’s sleeve.

For Lina Peterson the invitation to take part in this exhibition coincidentally came at a time when some of her pieces were beginning to look quite organ-like. Her brooches and necklaces take their starting point from anatomical drawings of hearts, looking at the construction of a human heart and how it has been, and is today, represented through drawing.

Zwetelina Alexieva took inspiration from the heart not only being the motor of life, but also the source of emotions. Mending a heart implies an existent imperfection or that something is missing. Therefore she decided to make two hearts, which are in opposition, but also complement one another. They look fragile and hostile at the same time, incomplete and imperfect, an illustration of the diversity and vulnerability of human beings.

Zoe Robertson’s piece is a double magnetic brooch, which can be worn by the heart. You can choose which piece to wear then at the end of the day you put it back together – i.e. mending broken hearts.

Katherine Richmond’s work explores the fragile relationship between people and objects. She uses books as a symbol of permanence and longevity to create wearable objects with a fragility that questions traditional notions. Her work embraces the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

Michael Berger will show a kinetic ring with a red enamel heart right at its centre, visualising Gretchen’s words from Goethe’s Faust: My peace is gone, my heart is heavy, I will find it never and never more.

Target the Heart also features individual works by Joel Degen, Nora Fok, Katerina Ioannidis, Mette Jensen, Jytte Kløve, Susan May, Tom and Jutta Munsteiner, Anna Wales and Mark Woods.

In addition, Jo McAllister is curating a collaborative specially made necklace based on the Surrealist parlour game Exquisite Corpse. The participants will create work from a variety of media including linen, silk, steel, staples and glue along with other surprise elements which will then be joined by Jo to form the necklace.

The parlour game Exquisite Corpse originally started with the artists Tanguy, Duchamp and Miro and others who began playing with collage, and drawing – one person would begin by drawing a head, cut the drawing up – the other would draw the body and so forth and the cut up pieces would be collaged to form the Exquisite Corpse. Taking this notion as the brief the jeweller Jo McAllister is passing this idea into a necklace and has asked six contemporary jewellers to each respond to this idea: Petra Bishai, Grant Braithwaite, Lizzie Farey, Jennifer Kidd, Wendy-Sarah Pacey and Simone ten Hompel.

The necklace will be auctioned in aid of the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal at their grand Tunnel of Love charity event at Proud Camden on 29th May 2012.

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of Electrum Gallery


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Twelve Glass Cabinets: The Red Dot

The Red Dot Series was created in response to an invitation to design and make work for an exhibition titled Twelve Glass Cabinets. This was held at Bank St Arts, Sheffield, UK, during December 2008. This exhibition paid homage to and critiqued the use of the cheap and cheerful Ikea glass cabinet which seems to have become the display medium of choice in craft galleries.

Twelve jewellers were each allocated a cabinet and each offered their own unique take on the exhibiting, display and selling of jewellery. Zoe created an ever-changing interactive showcase where the public could remove and try on one of a series of 40 different flocked magnetic brooches. On removal of the brooch a red dot was revealed indicating the work had been sold.

Jewellers included: Jivan Astfalck, Elizabeth Callinicos, Lin Cheung, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Joanne Haywood, Julia Keyte, Anna Lorenz, Laura Potter, Zoe Robertson, Felicity Rowley, Abigail Stradling, Syan van Niftrik

For more info please visit Twelve Glass Cabinets