At AJN we have been working with the wonderful convoi exceptionnel in Finland on an exchange project entitled, ‘Home’.
What makes you feel at home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does your nationality fit into your concept of home? Every answer is different: the exhibition presents 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 will be exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Finland 4th to 30th August and in Belfast, Ireland 1st to 31st of October 2015.
R Space is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts activity based in The Linen Rooms in the heart of the City of Lisburn, Northern Ireland. R Space exhibits the work of artists and makers who explore Materials, Messages and Methods of production of work that has meaning in its quality. It is important that their work considers What they use, Why they use it and How they present its outcome.
The Jewellery Exchange 2014 is an event curated by contemporary jeweller, Olga Raben. Through the wonders of Facebook she organised a worldwide exchange between 370 contemporary jewellers. All applicants were paired up with another maker randomly. With some goodwill and a love for jewellery we all made a piece for our partner.
To find out more about the project and all the participants click here.
I was paired up with the very talented Ciara Bowles, her work is playful colourful, bold and daring. Inspired by the strong style in her work I wanted to create something playful and fun with a little bit of character and from this ‘Björn’ was created.
Below is an image of the stunning earrings I received from Ciara, see her full range here.
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 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…
We received lots of visitors and positive feedback from our exhibition as part of European Heritage Open Days this weekend. NEXT UP is Belfast Culture Night on 19th September were will be giving another workshop and the exhibition will be open 5:30 to 9pm at St George’s Church, Hight Street, Belfast.
We are very excited preparing for our Chain Reaction Exhibition. Below is a sneak peak of our participants, to find out more about the maker just click on their image. This exhibition will part of European Heritage Open Days,Culture night Belfast and on show in the Space CRAFT gallery during October. For further information check out our AJN Projects page.
I was delighted to be accepted to exhibit in ACJ’s ‘ICONS’ exhibition. I chose to make a piece for David Attenborough, an iconic figure in many ways he has provided me with endless inspiration and influenced my work as well as personal philosophy.
I designed something that would be practical when stuck in the jungle because I cannot imagine Sir Attenborough wearing jewellery just for the sake of it. The piece is a silver holder for a water filter (Available from camping shops they enable you to drink water safely in the wild). It is shaped as an insect so it does not look out of place in any documentary he may be filming.
Dates: 17 May to 27 July
Venue: National Centre for Craft & Design
ICONS – jewellery for the famous and infamous, pieces reflecting cultural & design icons.
Find out more about the exhibition and the Association of Contemporary Jewellery here.
This is the third annual Members’ exhibition, following the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and 2013 STAIN-LESS exhibitions.
SERIES: II” from 29th November – 31st December 2013.
I have a range of work on display in Bangor with Dr Sarah McAleer as part of her winter exhibition.
‘SERIES: II’ explores interpretations of the word ‘series’ and focuses on the succession of objects and ideas. It conveys how a jeweller can produce variations on a theme whereby a form/idea develops from the first piece to the last, or is included in different jewellery types. All jewellery is hand-made by local jewellers.
A Culture of Making: Evolution and Growth
In celebration of the August Craft Month ’13 theme, Tyrone Design Guild has brought together both established and emerging artists and designer/makers from Co. Tyrone to demonstrate how the county’s rich heritage of artisans and traditional craftspeople have evolved into contemporary artists for the 21st century.
This exhibition, aims to challenge perceptions about current rural Irish art, craft and design, how traditional practices merge with the contemporary, and how the contemporary sits perfectly in a county steeped in tradition.
It brings together a selection of artists / designer-makers who showcase Co. Tyrone as a particularly vibrant cultural context for contemporary craft practice, including: Andrea Hayes, Carol Kinloch, Catherine Scott, Emma Kelly, Fionnuala O’Neill, Frances Sweeney, Kathleen Ward, Helen McFarland, John McIntyre, Leona Devine, Lotus de Wit, Niamh McAuley, Rachel Leary, Rosemary Ferguson, Shauna McCann, Teresa Poyntz, and Tom Agnew.
Venue: Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 1BL
Dates: Exhibition Preview – Thurs, 8th Aug, 6pm. The exhibition continues from the 9th to the 31st of August. Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 10am to 5.30pm