Scottish Jewellery Week, a biennial festival responding to and celebrating the Scottish Goldsmiths’ industry is open for applications for it’s second festival.
Founded in 2014, Scottish Jewellery Week took place in Dundee across 10 days, bringing Scottish jewellery and silversmiths’ to the forefront, it brought in over 1000 visitors to the city with it’s exhibitions, catwalk, pop-up shop and an industry symposium.
As part of Dundee’s first Design Festival, Scottish Jewellery Week is to return to Dundee in the beautiful West Ward from 25th-28th May 2016 and bring an exhibition of 15 jewellers and silversmiths’, a live jeweller and a jewellery trail around the city. Organisers are now asking for Scotland based or Scotland trained jewellers and silversmiths’ of the highest quality to take part in Scottish Jewellery Week.
The exhibition will be a reflection on the relationship makers have with their hands. Each jeweller selected to take part will have their hands cast in plaster that will act as displays for one or two showpiece(s) that best describes the work and what they do. This will be exhibited within West Ward as part of Dundee’s Design Festival. The work will be exhibited only with links to the jeweller/silversmiths’ website/email address.
One jeweller will be asked to set a temporary studio (workbench and chair will be provided by Scottish Jewellery Week) in West Ward and be asked to create work that is either inspired by the building, Dundee or the festival. The jeweller will communicate to the public/visitors their ethos, their design process and their making process. The finished piece will then be auctioned off at the festival’s closing event or post Design Festival. The duration of this event is yet to be confirmed. A jeweller will be invited to take part in the event but please state in the application if you would like to be considered.
Showcasing the work of Dundee based jewellers only, the trail will take you on a tour of the city guiding you to unsuspecting venues where items of jewellery and silverware will be exhibited (not sold) in unusual spaces. Taking the opportunity to grab the attention of members of the public, highlighting the wealth of talent in Dundee and the surrounding areas. Each jeweller will have an acrylic box to display their work (100x100x100mm) with a clear description and signpost to where they can find the jewellers work (website, studio, etc).
Local jeweller, Joanne MacFadyen who exhibted her work at Scottish Jewellery Week in 2014 said: “As a jewellery professional creating work in Scotland, I found Scottish Jewellery Week to be an inspiring and dynamic event that was strongly rooted within the industry, highlighting the quality of the sector.
It was really relatable to me as a maker and greatly benefited my practice as well as boosted my confidence in the potential of the industry in Scotland”
For the full programme and application pack see www.scottishjewelleryweek.co.uk
Applications close at 5pm 12.04.16