Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Wessex Group

Contemporary Jewellery in Farnham

Recent visiting activities by some members of ACJ Wessex to a highly recommended venue:

Transplantations: a sense of place and culture is the current exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham. Twelve jewellers from Britain and Australia show work that is the result of their investigations into personal experiences and histories, and reveal a diverse and fascinating collection. As objects some of them would remain obscure and puzzling without the accompanying explanatory texts whereas others speak clearly through techniques and materials of the careful research undertaken by each artist. The collection provides a diverse and thought provoking assembly of how manifestation through a physical object can deliver an eloquent comment on a fragment of experience or one of wider historical significance. Materials used are diverse ranging from disposable plastics, threads, precious and ordinary metals, and have been worked with skill by the artists making this a recommended and unusual exhibition.

Professor Norman Cherry’s evening  talk gave much valuable background to his curatorial work in selecting the twelve jewellers and into some the details of managing a show that has an extensive touring programme.

In addition we were able to visit the Making Connections exhibition in the Tanner Gallery. Drawn from the collections held at the Crafts Study Centre, the selection demonstrates the connections between crafts and makers stretching across many years of lively and productive interactions. Contemporary as well as historic objects  are included, along with relevant documents, and give an insight into the dynamic role that the Crafts Study Centre has in collecting and showing craft.

Crafts Study Centre, School of Crafts and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS.   Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Transplantations: a sense of place and culture shows until 2 March

Making Connections shows until 27 July