An exhibition of jewellery by four contemporary artists from Ireland and China will open at the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 2 February.
Entitled ‘Bounded + Unlimited: Contemporary Jewellery', the showcase is the first Irish-Chinese jewellery exchange of its kind. The work featured has been developed especially for the exhibition and the title refers to their personal and national cultural influences and the freedom they have to communicate and find mutual understanding through the traditions of the craft.
The Irish goldsmiths exhibiting are Eimear Conyard who is the manager of DCCOI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course and Christopher Heltzel of the brand Rudolf Heltzel. Chinese artists, Hu Jun, professor of Jewellery Design at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and Binyu Chen, a lecturer at the School of Art at Beijing City University, will exhibit their designs.
Here are the talks and demonstrations coinciding with the exhibition, which runs until 18 April:
MEET THE MAKERS: Saturday 3 February
12-2pm Talks & demonstrations by Binyu Chen, Eimear Conyard and Hu Jun (free)
3-5pm Lecture by Rudolf Heltzel: The Arduous Road to the Creation of a Jewel (free)
FAMILY DAYS: Saturday 10 February, 10 March and 14 April, 11am + 12.30pm (free)
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GETTING ENGAGED? LET’S TALK DIAMONDS: Saturday 10 February, 3pm
An afternoon with Christopher Heltzel talking cut, clarity, colour and carat (free)
LATE DATE: Thursday 22 February, 6.30pm
Medieval adornment from Kilkenny, exploring the Rothe House Collection with Marie Wilgaard Kelly from the DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course and Rothe House curator Olivia Bergan (free)
WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS: 10 March, 3pm €15
Explore themed window adornments with Maeve Lynch from Rudolf Heltzel
LATE DATE: Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm
Film screening: documentary about the jewels of Elizabeth Taylor in Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction (free)
SILVER JEWELLERY: Thursday 5th April, 10am-1pm €35
Teens are guided in designing and creating their own bespoke silver jewellery
RING MAKING: Saturday 7th April, 10am-1pm €40
Sit at the bench to design, forge, decorate and finish your very own silver ring
SCHOOLS PROGRAMME: February – April
Tailored tours for primary, secondary & third level
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