PINNED Exhibition

Photo: group of three brooches: ‘Made in Northern Ireland Tobacco Tin’, ‘Sweet Tooth Toffee Tin’, ‘Reflections No.1’; Maker: Rosie Elwood; Photo credit: tbc


Craft NI was delighted to host the first group exhibition from the Association for Contemporary Jewellers and Silversmiths NI (ACJNI) from 2 November 2020 to 2 January 2021. Pinned presented the work of 23 local jewellers and silversmiths who have each responded to the exhibition’s theme to produce one-of-a-kind pieces beyond the scope of their usual commission or production work.

The exhibition featured over 50 variations on the idea of a brooch, with versions in both precious and non-precious materials. Traditionally set stones contrast with re-purposed vintage tins and toys, precision geometry meets abstract forms. Gold, silver and gemstones sit alongside found objects in unexpected interpretations that demonstrate technical accomplishment, innovation and creativity.

Perfectly timed ahead of an extraordinary Christmas season 2020, all the works were for sale. With prices starting under £70, the show offered a wonderful opportunity to select a unique piece and support a local business.

In light of ongoing restrictions, all the works in Pinned have been professionally photographed; the exhibition was also filmed by Simon Mills and narrated by Dr Suzanne Lyle from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The exhibition was accompanied by:

Artist Talk from Rachael Colley 3pm Thursday 12 Nov 2020

Exhibition text by Joseph McBrinn


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