NCAD Metals and Jewellery Graduate Show 2015

We had a great day trip down to Dublin yesterday to see the NCAD graduate show. Below are some snapshots of the work, really stunning and diverse ranges. Congratulations to all the students!

We were particularly interested in seeing Jaki Coffey‘s MFA ‘Lust at Sea’ collection. We had the pleasure of exhibiting her amazing, curate your own skip (‘Lust in Found’) graduate work last year as part of our ‘Chain Reaction Exhibition‘ so her iconic yellow designs immediately caught our attention.

Click on the images for a better view.

 NCAD metals & Jewellery Graduate show runs from 13th to 21st June, 2015 then you can catch them at New Designers 2015 in London! (Stand JC18, Part 1).

Belfast School of Art – End of Year Show 2015

The last ever Orpheus Jewellery & Silversmithing Graduates.

Sadly, despite the #SaveTheOrpheus Campaign the lovely 1932 building by Samuel Stevenson will be demolished soon. This made for quite a nostalgic visit to the degree show this year. It is truly a pity that yet another historic building will be destroyed in Belfast despite much public objection. We wish this years graduates all the best in their new adventures and best of luck to the current jewellery department with their big move.

Below is a little insight into Jewellery and Silversmithing graduates. A very varied range of materials and influences were represented with a mixture of object based work, conceptual jewellery as well as wearable pieces.


Nora Fok

Nora FokExhibition – Talk – Workshop

Project Linlon is on show in R-Space Gallery, Lisburn from 21st March to 18th April 2015.

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an artist talk and workshop by Nora Fok as part of her exhibition at R-Space Gallery. It was lovely to get a chance to chat to Nora about her work, I haven’t met many artists who are as generous in sharing their knowledge. A lot of her techniques have taken years of research to bring together and this passion really comes across when you see her research collections. Carefully collected in handmade boxes these collections consist of beautiful natural/found and recycled materials. Seed heads carefully dissected and preserved show the visual link to the forms found in her work.

Through the talk we were given some background about Nora. Growing up in Hong Kong she left school early to work in a factory and attended evening classes to finish her secondary education. She initially studied and worked as graphic designer in Hong Kong before moving to England. In 1978 she went on to take a three year course in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics at Brighton Polytechnic. During her studies she specialised in lost wax casting and described how she found manipulating wax much easier than metal. Here she was introduced to unusual materials and free thinking opening up a way to contemporary jewellery. I love the dedication and patience Nora clearly has for her work. This is especially evident in her ‘Cloud Nylon’ neckpiece which took two years to complete. Nora mentioned that she would knit until her finger bled resulting in being forced to take a break to give them time to heal. She also described how nerve wrecking the dying process was which was done after the piece was completed, if this went wrong it would take three days to knit just one inch.

The exhibition showcases the results of her ‘Linlon’ project. The Linlon project was a collaboration between Nora, the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and McConville’s Mill & Museum Dromore, County Down. Nora developed “linlon”, a linen and nylon mixed mono filament thread. As part of her research she grew her own flax from local seed and studied the various processing techniques before combining it with nylon. Using ‘linlon’ in combination with flax seeds, Galway linen, stems, beads, pearls and other synthetic polymers she created a number of bangles, earrings, and neckpieces. Images 1-4 below show some of these pieces currently in the exhibition.

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New project: ‘Home’


An art jewellery exchange exhibition between Convoi Exceptionnel (Finland) and Art Jewellery Network (Ireland).

We have been working together with the amazing Convoi Eceptionnel  to create an international exchange exhibition project for art jewellers based in Ireland and Finland. 12 jewellery artists from each country will be selected to exhibit their work in the two countries.

Applications are invited from artists who have studied in, living in, working in or originally from Finland or Ireland. The work of selected artists will be exhibited in Finland during August and during Ireland in October.

For more information click here.

Sticky Situation, Neckpiece by Robyn Galway.

Sticky Situation, Neckpiece by Robyn Galway.

Surgery Gallery Opening

Surgery Gallery Opening

The Surgery Gallery is a new venture by AJN co-founder/jeweller, Robyn Galway. Previously a doctor’s surgery in Belfast these space have been converted to a gallery and studio spaces.

This month we had a little Christmas get together and a last chance to see the Chain Reaction work on display. Thank you to all the lovely jewellers who took part in this project!

Art Jewellery Celebration!

Thank you to all the lovely people who sent us their art-jewellery-selfies! It was amazing to get such a diverse response from all over the world.

To see all the images visit our Facebook page.

To celebrate our 1st Birthday we asked people to send us their contemporary/art jewellery selfie! #BirthdayBling #ContemporaryJewellery#ArtJewellery #ArtJewelfie





Chain Reaction Exhibition at Space CRAFT.

Chain Reaction opened at the Space CRAFT Gallery on the 2nd of October and continues to 1st of November 2014. This exhibition brings together a number of art jewellers from or based in Ireland, it showcases a diverse range of beautiful, alternative jewellery.

The AJN Team; Lotus, Shannon & Robyn.

The AJN Team; Lotus, Shannon & Robyn.

The participants were invited to create a one metre chain which joins up to make a large installation in the form of a necklace. Each chain can be worn individually or multiple chains can be worn together. Alongside this is a selection of each jeweller’s own work to give an insight into their practice.

It has been really exciting to bring together 14 art jewellers who all have very different approaches to their work. The images below provide an overview of the opening night and exhibition. To find out more about our participants individually check out our earlier introduction blog post here.

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Workshop Information

As part of our ‘Chain Reaction Exhibition’ we will be providing two jewellery workshops open to the public, if you would like to take part please read the information below.

European Heritage Open Days at St George’s Church Belfast.

Workshop description: Take part in our public collaboration of making a 200 link necklace to celebrate the bicentenary of St.Georges Church during the European Open Heritage Days. The chain represents the extensive journey of the Church and the start of ours. Create your own Experimental jewellery chain to take away.
Jewellery workshop at St George’s Church.
This workshop is open and free to everyone over the age of 10.
Date: Saturday 13th September 2014
Venue: St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast
Time: Workshop lasts 2 hours, 1st session 11am to 1pm 2nd session 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Booking is essential to reserve a space please email
Or telephone 07518944235

Culture Night Belfast
Come along to Tattoos for Lost Souls where we will be hosting an interactive workshop for all to join in. We will provided non-traditional materials based on the Culture Night theme of Regrowth to make your own piece of jewellery. We will photograph the piece on the person to document everyone’s fantastic creations, then everyone gets to take it home to wear and enjoy it.
Come along and step into our world to experience this fantastic new adventure.
AJN will be exhibiting a selection of the works as a window display at Tattoos for Lost Souls with an interactive workshop. The full exhibition is displayed in St. Georgre’s Church.
Date: Friday 19th September 2014
Venue: Tattoos For Lost Souls, North Street
Time: 17:30 to 20:30


Introducing the Chain Reaction Participants


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In the next couple of months we will be showcasing work by the artists below as part of our Chain Reaction Exhibition. We are really excited about bringing together the beautiful, diverse range of jewellery by these makers. Below is … Continue reading

Double Flipside Exhibition at R-Space Gallery.

I made a short trip down to Lisburn for the opening of ‘Double Flipside’, an exhibition of work by Dr Sarah McAleer & Eddie J Doherty.

I would recommend this exhibition for all kinds of jewellery lovers, it offers a unique insight into the planning, making and the alternative side to these two goldsmiths.

About the makers: known independently for their successful contemporary jewellery pieces and high-end commission work constructed in precious materials.

The exhibition runs to the 28th August 2014 below is further information on talks and the workshop. Gallery opening times; Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm

The first piece that drew my attention in the exhibition is shown in image one. This necklace by Dr Sarah McAleer was originally designed during her PHD in the Royal College but never finished, until now. Her thesis entitled; Children and Jewellery in Europe: Traditions and Contemporaneity’, focused on children’s jewellery. The glass eye set into the silver heart cage was especially made for her by a children’s hospital in London and related to the concept of the evil eye protection charm. The chain consists of 3D printed skulls combining cutting edge technology with traditional goldsmithing techniques. This piece also manages to capture the feel of the overall exhibition for me, by combining very pretty elegant shapes and colours with rather detailed creepy skulls.

Image three show one of Eddie J Doherty’s sculptural hair pieces. Two rather lethal looking spikes rest in an elegant silver form. The two spikes can be pulled out of their setting to fasten the hair piece in place. The main element in Eddie’s work which often fascinates me is his approach to designing and making fittings and clasps. Rather than using traditional designs he often creates his own from scratch, somehow making something very complicated look elegant and minimal.

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The Linen Rooms, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4XE, Tel: 028 9266 3179

Talk and Workshop

Dr Sarah McAleer and Eddie J Doherty artist goldsmiths with be talking about their practice and the current exhibition of their “Darkside” work on display at R-Space at The Linen Rooms Lisburn which is open to all and free from 11am -12pm.

They will also be running a masterclass workshop from 1am-4pm in the afternoon at a small charge of £10 per person, materials supplied, booking essential as places are limited.

To Book Your Place e-mail
or Call 028 9266 3179