About Art Jewellery Network

Established in 2013 the Art Jewellery Network (AJN) is a group of contemporary makers based in Belfast. Through fortnightly meetings and online discussions we are setting the foundations of what we hope become a stimulating environment for jewellery artist to connect in. We want to draw isolated makers into a passionate group which drives creative thinking, shares knowledge and provides support within Ireland. Our aim is to build a stronger profile of jewellers based in Ireland within the European art scene as well as sustainable connections with individual makers and relevant networks/organisations.

Belfast School of Art – End of Year Show 2018

Congratulations to all the graduates from this year’s BA Hons Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing! The degree show is always a lovely opportunity to get an insight into new, emerging talent. If you missed it this year, remember that the University Shop, ‘Unique’ is open all year, showcasing work by current and past graduates.

There was to be a strong sense of the individual maker’s identity in this year’s show, with some lovely contrasting approaches in materials and technique. This came across strongly in Eglė Banytė’s constructivist jewellery and the hammered steel in Kirsty Reilly’s ‘Fragility of Connections’ series. For a brief overview of the work click on the images below.

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Jewellery Talks – August Craft Month 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Art Jewellery Network Jewellery Talks. This was is a lovely opportunity to meet and network with jewellers based in Ireland as well as get an insight into the practice of emerging and established makers. As part of the event everyone brought a piece of their favourite contemporary jewellery for the ‘Schmucktisch’. This provided a lovely chance to discover and discuss techniques, materials and inspiration.

Presentations by; Claire Skelton, Rachel McKnight, Niamh Hannaford and Melyssa Shannon.

NCAD Metals and Jewellery Graduate Show 2017

NCAD, Metals and Jewellery Graduate Show 2017

We had a great day in Dublin this month visiting the NCAD graduate show. One of the new graduates, Emma Larkin, kindly gave us an insight into the work on display. We missed the NCAD degree show last year and it is a pity to see that this year, similarly to Belfast the number of graduates is much smaller. However there were some very interesting pieces, such as Caoimhe McGuckin’s shoe brooch with lovely details (front & back) and Jessica Whittle’s Connectivity range which included individually made display cases for each piece. See the images below for more details.

Graduates this year include: Caoimhe McGuckin, Emma Larkin, Hannah Lawlor, Jessica Whittle, Sinead Christie and Sophie Scullion.

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Belfast School of Art – End of Year Show 2017

Jewellery & Silversmithing – Degree Show, June 2017

Another year! – Another diverse group of emerging makers!

If you missed the degree shows last week check out the images below. Eight new graduates to introduce from this years Jewellery and Silversmithing department:

Claire SmythDemi Coyle – Liz CarrascoOrlagh MilliganRachel Trimble

Rebecca DuddyRebecca FoleyShannon Shields

As well as the graduates above we have included two makers from the Artist in Residence Scheme at Belfast College of Art.

The Artist in Residence Scheme at Belfast College of Art offers an opportunity to a number of its top graduates to stay on for one year in a supported environment, which helps to develop their professional practice. Two of this year’s graduates featured below you may recognise from our previous blog posts. Claire Skelton (Jewellery & Silversmithing graduate 2016) and Melyssa Shannon (Ceramics Graduate 2016).

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Belfast School of Art – End of Year Show 2016

Ulster University – Belfast School of Art – End of Year Show 2016

Congratulations to the graduates from the Ulster University in Belfast! If you missed this year’s graduate show check out the images below to see the new emerging talent. The show looked great in the new spaces, a lovely diverse range this year by Silversmithing and Jewellery from product jewellery to conceptual/video work.

It was particularly interesting to see how Claire Skelton‘s work has developed as she previously took part in our ‘Home’ Exhibition. Claire’s work also includes a video exploring the physical interaction between the wearer and her pieces adding another dimension to her collection. It was brilliant to discover jewellery spread through to the ceramics department this year, see Melyssa Shannon‘s wearable sculptures below.

Graduates: BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts Jewellery & Silversmithing: Claire Skelton, Alena McKeown, Michelle Redmond, Laura Gillespie, Lauren Millar, Michaella Donnelly, Sarah Fleming, Gemma McCutcheon, Sarah Heron.

 MFA Multi-disciplinary Design: Jolene Doherty.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts Ceramics: Melyssa Shannon.

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Material Alchemy Seminar

Material Alchemy

On Friday 11th March 2016, we headed off in earnest from the Ulster University to Kilkenny for the exhibition Not Too Precious, hosted by National Craft Gallery Ireland. Upon arrival we were greeted by the beautifully curated exhibition.  Once we gathered ourselves and took a few selfies with Zoe Robertson’s Necklace, we headed to the talks.

Having travelled from Birmingham, Zoe Robertson kicked off the day with a presentation on her inspiration, working methods and her newest exhibition, ‘Flockomania’. As a fan of her work it was very exciting to see her process and studio environment. She was followed by Eoin M Lyons giving us an insight into his mind space and recent NCAD graduate Jaki Coffey with her new perspective on the jewellery art scene providing us with a laugh and a view of what’s possible when you literally apply yourself to everything! After the individual talks there was a panel discussion about opportunities available to those on different stages of their career. I feel this was of huge benefit to the students in the room posing the reality of their future lives as artists/jewellers.

Just before lunch we had the pleasure of listening to Sonja Landweer telling us about Ireland in the 60’s with a wonderful anecdote about garlic and her uncensored films being show in the Castle Yard.

After a stroll around the lovely surroundings, we heard from Felieke van der Leest about her childhood inspired work. Julie Connellan discussed the public’s engagement and perception of jewellery art and Carina Shoshtary told us about her beautiful work that’s inspired by her surroundings. The presentations were followed by a second panel discussion, which looked at the journey the work makes after leaving the studio to galleries, collectors and beyond.

This seminar was very inspiring and it was encouraging to see an event of this type happening in Ireland. Hopefully from this stems a jewellery revolution! A huge thank you to the Design &Craft Council Ireland, The National Craft Gallery and all of the speakers who took part.

Robyn Galway

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HOME Exhibition – Introducing the Participants…

We’ve had fantastic feedback from the public about our ‘Home’ Exhibition and it has been a real pleasure to work in partnership with convoi exceptionnel to created this exchange project.

The exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each jeweller has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’, the work was exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Imatra,Finland; 4th to 30th August and in Belfast, Ireland; 1st to 31st October 2015.

The images below give an insight into each of the participants and the pieces they created. Click on each of the images and scroll down for descriptions/details of the makers.

HOME Exhibition opening at Space CRAFT, Belfast.

Some photos of our opening night on Thursday. With special thanks to Rachel Dickson, (Course Director of Contemporary Applied Arts at the Belfast School of Art) for officially opening the exhibition. We will feature some more information on each of the jewellers involved during the month of the exhibition.

This is an art jewellery exchange exhibition between Convoi Exceptionnel (Finland) and Art Jewellery Network (Ireland).
The project explores the theme of ‘Home’. What makes you feel like home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does nationality effect these feelings? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.

This exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each jeweller has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’, the work was exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Finland 4th to 30th August and is now opening in Belfast, Ireland 1st to 31st of October 2015.

Artist Jewellery Talk

A big thank you to all the lovely people who came along to our Jewellery Artist Talk on 20th August at Space CRAFT.

A number of the jewellers who are taking part in our ‘Home’ exhibition came along to our artists talks to present an insight into their personal practice and the inspiration behind their piece for the exhibition.

There was a great turn out for this event with a diverse mixture of people from the general public as well as jewellers. The feedback seemed to convey that it was insightful to hear the jewellers talk about the process and concept behind their work. Presenting conceptual jewellery to the general public is a challenge in every project that we do. We hope that this event helped to provide an engaging insight into our exhibition. There are many interesting debates on the identity of art jewellery which makes this such an fascinating field to work in.

About the ‘Home’ Exchange Exhibition:
The exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each maker has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’. The work is currently on exhibition in Taidebunkkeri, Finland, 4th to 30th August and will be on show in Space CRAFT, Belfast, 1st to 31st October 2015.
With the refugee crisis in Mediterranean constantly in the news, the concept of ‘Home’ is a topical one. Is it something you take for granted? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does nationality affect this? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 points of view through jewellery.

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Getting ready for HOME 2015…

We have been really excited about working with the amazing Convoi Eceptionnel. Check out the details below about the first part of this project which opened in Finland this month.

convoi exceptionnel & Art Jewellery Network proudly present:

Pohdintoja kodista & kansallisuudesta – Thoughts about home & nationality

Exhibition runs: 4/8/15 – 30/8/15

Mikä tekee kodista kodin? Onko koti paikka, mielentila, muisto? Miten kansallisuus vaikuttaa? Jokainen vastaus on erilainen – näyttely esittelee 18 näkökulmaa korutaiteen keinoin.

What makes you feel like home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does the nationality effect? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.

AVAJAISET 4.8.2015 klo 18, Tervetuloa!! / OPENING 4.8.2015 at 18:00, Welcome!!

Taiteilijat / Artists:

Finland
CHRISTINE JALIO
INKA KANGASNIEMI
MINNA KARHU
VIIVI KIISKINEN
MINNA MARKKANEN
ANNI MYLLYNIEMI
ARI PYÖRÄLÄ
JENNI SOKURA
TARJA TUUPANEN

Ireland
EMMA CAHILL
STUART CAIRNS
ROBYN GALWAY
NIAMH HANNAFORD
HELLE HELSNER
SHANNON MCSHANE
CLAIRE SKELTON
HEATHER DORNAN WILSON
LOTUS DE WIT

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