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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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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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.

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