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Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

  1. Steinhaufen by Karl Fritsch, 2004
  2. Speed by Blanche Tilden, 2000. Photograph by Marcus Scholz
  3. Felieke van der Leest - Yellow Kelly, 2008. Photography Eddo Hartmann
  4. Karl Fritsch - Screw Ring, 2010
  5. Mega by Camilla Prash, 2009. Photograph by Dorte Krogh
  6. Kiko Gianocca - Who Am I?, 2008-11. Photography Jeremy Dillon

05 December 2012 – 03 March 2013

Bringing together almost 200 objects from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design.

Curated by jewellery designer and maker Dr. Susan Cohn, the exhibition offers a survey of contemporary jewellery presented through a number of themes: Worn Out - celebrating the experience of wearing jewellery, Linking Links - looking at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery and A Fine Line - offering insights into the origins of contemporary jewellery today, highlighting key instigators of the contemporary jewellery movement.

The exhibition features prominent UK and international jewellers including Wendy Ramshaw, renowned for her complex geometric designs, Hans Stofer's intricate wire form jewellery, Gijs Bakker’s conceptual adornments and delicate abstract pieces by Dorothea Pruhl.

Media Partner

Crafts Council
One Stop Arts
Time Out
Design Week

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