Made in the Middle
Contemporary Craft from the Midlands. A Craftspace touring exhibition 2016-2018
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.
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
image by MARKmagazine.tv Photographer Justin Ridler
I’m delighted that my Subscribe series is on show at Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery and i
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
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
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:
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:
This information is from the Accumulations website
a shrine to women’s work
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
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.
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.
For more information visit a shrineto womens work
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
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.
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
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
I am delighted to announce that RED has been selected for the Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015
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
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
Gao Wei, Hu Jun
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
European Prize for Applied Arts
I’m delighted to announce my “Subscribe” necklace has been selected for the European Prize for Applied Arts.
The European prize for Applied Arts showcases 78 makers from 18 countries at the Grand Hall of the “Anciens Abattoirs” in Mons, Belgium. This exhibition is part of the European Craft Summit. Beyond a simple presentation of pieces of artwork, the Triennial of Applied Arts shows us the fusion of concepts and material through the dialogue that takes place between the thought, the feelings and the hand.
Exhibition from 24th October 2015 until 10th January 2016
Opening Friday 23rd October 2015 at 19.00
PRESS RELEASE below from KLIMT02
European Prize for Applied Arts – Competition and Exhibition
What are applied arts in the 21st century? What is special about these hybrid disciplines, fruit of both art and technology?
Craft is inherent to the applied arts and the concepts are often used interchangeably: craft = applied art. But when you analyse both concepts – craft and applied art – more closely, it becomes clear that the one (craft) can lead to the other (applied art), and that the other (applied art) cannot exist without the one (craft). Put more simply: an applied art cannot exist that does not come from a craft, which is traditionally split up by material and how to work it, but craft and craftsmanship are much more widely usable than in just the applied arts.
So where does the applied arts place themselves?
The European Prize for Applied Arts tries to answer this question.
Beyond a simple presentation of pieces of artwork, the Triennial of Applied Arts shows us the fusion of concepts and material through the dialogue that takes place between the thought, the feelings and the hand. This hand translates thought and tames knowledge in order to understand and translate man’s relationship with the world and with the daily things.
There are no geographical boundaries for craft skills and processes. The action of making, and the outcome of a crafted object, connects cultures, communities, and generations. Handmade objects have a story. They have been touched, manipulated, hammered, thrown, blown, and carved by another human hand. They connect us both to our past, and crucially for this exhibition, they connect us to the present.
But right now, while craft and DIY are so noticeably in the limelight and while social movements can be mobilized via handcrafting, unknown chances could be waiting in the wings. The European Prize for Applied Arts could play a role here, directing instead of following, and stimulating by beating new paths.
The number of applications for the 2012 edition shows that the European Prize for Applied Arts has already come a long way in establishing itself as an important event for contemporary craft (or applied or decorative arts) in Europe.
Open: everyday (except Monday, 24, 25, 31.12.2015 and 01.01.2016) from 10h- 8h
Not Too Precious
11th July – 20th September 2015 at Ruthin Craft Centre – The Centre for Applied Arts
Jewellery by 25 international makers.
Attai Chen, Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary, Eunmi Chun, Warwick Freeman, Emmeline Hastings, Christel van der Laan, Felieke van der Leest, Sari Liimatta, Märta Mattsson, Jasmin Matzakow, Kazumi Nagano, Shinji Nakaba, Lina Peterson, Zoe Robertson, Michihiro Sato, Mariko Sumioka, Emiko Suo, Tore Svensson, Janna Syvänoja, Mirei Takeuchi, Timothy Information Limited, Terhi Tolvanen, Catherine Truman, Flóra Vági, Heather Woof.
Not Too Precious explores inspirational work by 25 international jewellers using materials for their expressive potential rather than for their intrinsic value. Radical artist jewellers of the late 1960s and 70s vigorously 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’. Not Too Precious challenges preconceptions about ‘non-precious’ materials by encouraging us to consider ‘accrued value’: what talented makers bring to their work through their ideas and skill.
The selected artists, who currently work in the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, create innovative, skilfully-made jewellery that is insightful and culturally resonant. Sometimes poignant, sometimes witty, their work communicates at many levels. It is above all honest and – for want of a better term – not too precious.
An accompanying showcase exhibition in the Retail Gallery highlights work by more recent graduates and makers coming to jewellery from other fields.
Information from Ruthin Craft Centre for more details please visit Ruthin Craft Centre
Or watch the film HERE
Or for more images click HERE
Portfolio Summer Art School 2015
27 July – 25 August 2015 You can pick and choose between 4 blocks; each 2-day block is £12.50 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £40.
The Summer Art School is back and this year we have a ‘pick and mix’ of workshops for young people aged 14 – 18 who have a particular interest in the visual arts and would like to develop their artistic practice further.
Throughout the summer holidays Ruthin Craft Centre will be hosting 8 workshops with 4 different artists – Elly Strigner, Zoe Robertson, Anne Gibbs and Buddug Humphreys.
During these sessions the artists will share their expertise, introduce new techniques and discuss your work and ideas supporting the development of your own personal portfolio towards your Art and Design studies
11.00am – 4.00pm3 & 4 August
Study Afternoon: Not Too Precious 20 September 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Join us for a special afternoon event to mark the final day of this major jewellery exhibition. Exhibiting makers will give insights into their practice, revealing the thinking and processes behind their work in ‘non-precious’ materials. Topics raised will be explored in a panel and audience discussion at the end of the afternoon.
Guest Speakers on the day will be:
Elizabeth Goring (Not too precious Curator)
Dr Elizabeth Goring has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Birmingham and London, where her research focused on ancient gold work. She has had a longstanding interest in the social, cultural and political significance of jewellery of all periods. She worked at the National Museums of Scotland for many years, where she held several curatorial and management posts including Curator of Modern Jewellery and Deputy Project Director: Museum of Scotland Project. Although her specialist expertise lies within jewellery and metalwork, she has a wide-ranging knowledge of, and interest in, other areas of craft.
Gregory Parsons (Not too precious Curator)
Gregory Parsons graduated from the Royal College of Art with An MA in Constructed Textiles. He has lectured widely including at Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins and University of Brighton. He has worked for the Crafts Council; as both interior and fashion fabric designer in Switzerland and India; as senior Product Developer/Design in soft accessories at Burberry; and most recently product development consultant for the British luxury brand Halcyon Days, and as freelance exhibition curator and retail consultant.
Zoe Robertson (Jeweller)
Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson is a practice-based researcher at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. Her current studio practice explores the notion of Jewellery and Performance, in which the relationship between the object, the body and space is explored. Her work is exhibited within the international arena and recent accolades include being awarded an Honorable Mention at the Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2012(Italy), as well as being selected for the European Prize for Applied Arts (Belgium) and the ITAMI International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition (Japan).
Timothy Carson | Timothy Information Limited (Jeweller)
Timothy Information Limited aka Tim Carson is co-founder of Timothy Information Limited. He has been making jewellery for 25 years in a Portakabin in Catford, London, and then a shed in Penge, London. He has shown work to bemused and polite audiences all over the world. Timothy Information Limited has been academic for 20 years. Presently, he lectures on the BA Jewellery programme at Middlesex University. Timothy Information Limited claims to be a Punk and also claims that the jewellery he makes is Punk. Other people don’t think he is a Punk or that his jewellery is Punk. So what is Punk jewellery and what materials do Punks use in their work?
Felieke van der Leest (Jeweller)
The work of Dutch jewellery and object artist Felieke van der Leest expresses the very special affection that she has for animals. She combines techniques used in textile work, such as crochet, with precious metals and plastic toy animals.
Within the international art jewellery scene she has developed her own special language with which she narrates intelligent and witty stories about and with her animal protagonists; her pieces inevitably conjure a smile upon the faces of those who view them. Characteristic for Van der Leest is the joy in her work, which is ever present. Van der Leest also describes her work: ‘Whenever I work with colour, I feel like a painter; whenever I work with metal, I feel like an architect, and whenever I work with toys, I feel like a child.’ However, serious themes in her work are also expressed, including environmental protection and human approaches to animals.
Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon (jeweller)
Janet is a jewellery artist based at Platform Arts Studios Middlesbrough. Throughout her career she has exhibited widely in UK and international galleries and fairs and she is represented by Contemporary Applied Arts London. She is completing a two year Residency at Teesside University and mima with a focus upon promoting the new Gallery at mima to display their International Jewellery Collection. Janet has known the collection from when it started in the early 1980’s and with her colleague Gemma Draper is working on a Teesside University funded research project to investigate and record its early years.
flockOmania is a solo exhibition created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson currently on show at the Lanchester Gallery, part of Coventry University from Monday 19th January 2015 and closes on Thursday 19th February 2015.
The exhibition features wearable objects which explore the notion of Jewellery and Performance and has been generated in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris.
The dance artist’s background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance has provided the catalyst for this body of work. Whereby the design process has been led by a sustained dialogue and observations of this practice. In so doing this collection of work responds to kinaesthetic sensations in which the tactility, sensuality and physicality of the objects is important.
The resulting wearable objects have been meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial processes and new technology and are theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body.
Jewellery Artist Zoe Robertson, who is a course director at Birmingham City University, said:
“We’re excited to be launching flockOmania and look forward to welcoming visitors into a dynamic environment where jewellery meets performance and the visual landscape is constantly shifting to offer something new”
Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, principal lecturer in dance at Coventry University, said:
“The Lanchester Gallery’s city centre location is an excellent venue for this exhibition which seeks to be interactive and open to those interested in both the visual arts and performance. This project demonstrates the potential of collaboration between universities in the region working across a range of exciting and complementary artistic disciplines.”
Overall the exhibition will challenge the traditional display of jewellery whereby the work will hang freely in the space and not be typically displayed behind glass. The space will be seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists will improvise movement and the audience will be invited to interact with the work on show.
The exhibition will close with 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. The finale closing event will take place on Thursday 19th February 2015 from 6 – 8pm and will be followed by an Artists’ discussion
To discover the design journey from initial concept to realisation and for more information please visit www.flockomania.com
Photo Credits: Christian Kipp
PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of Coventry University
Coventry University: Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7688 7831
Neil MacDonald, Chair of Galvanize says: “Being exhibited at COLLECT is an achievement in itself for our artists. They are being given a place on a prestigious international stage from which to showcase their talent, to sell their work and present Sheffield to the world.”
Galvanize Sheffield: Is a partnership of organisations celebrating contemporary metal design and innovation, showcasing Sheffield’s thriving metal trades and traditions. Sheffield is synonymous with steel production and the metal trades. Famed for its production of steel, heavy engineering that shaped the world and fine cutlery, it is a city of endeavour, creativity and craftsmanship. Metal skills thrive here today through a community of silversmiths and designers who create beautiful and innovative contemporary designs in metal and through the manufacturing of metal products in the city. Galvanize is a celebration of the past, present and future of all things metal. It is an affirmation that investing in skills and innovation will ensure that beautiful objects, practical tools and powerful products continue to be made in Sheffield and appreciated around the world.
Funding partners: Arts Council England, The 100 Club, Sheffield International Forgemasters, AESSEAL, Macalloy, Made in Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield
Assay Office, The J G Graves Trust, The Lord Mayor’s Office, Sheffield City Council. With special thanks to Outokumpu Stainless Ltd and Ancon Building Products for advice, support and materials.
COLLECT: The leading international art fair for contemporary objects, returns to the Saatchi Gallery in 2014 with an impressive roster of 37 international galleries, alongside seven Project Space artists.This showcase of excellence will feature contemporary objects for sale from over 400 artists, ranging from ceramics and glassware to jewellery and woodwork, cementing COLLECT 2014 as the place to view and collect museum-quality contemporary craft. The fair appeals to established and new collectors alike and acts as a perfect springboard to start cross-collecting. COLLECT was launched by the Crafts Council in London in 2004 and has since established itself as the leading international art fair for museum-quality contemporary craft, attracting both private and institutional collectors – the V&A, the British Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Mint Museum, USA, and the National Museum of Decorative Arts, Norway, to name a few – looking to buy exemplary work from leading artists from around the world. Prices start at £500, rising into the thousands.
For more information please visit Collect
Captions for the last first two photographs above;
Zoe Robertson showing with Galvanise Sheffield at COLLECT14 – Photograph by Sophie Mutevelian
PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of Galvanise Sheffield