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 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.

Click on the individual images for more detail.

 

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 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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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’

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

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