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What Colour is Metal? Exhibition Meet the Makers Talks Series 2

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What Colour Is Metal? Exhibition, presented by the National Design & Craft Gallery is launching October 14 at Dublin Castle

We invite you to join us for a series of Meet the Maker online talks, delivered in partnership by National College of Art & Design and the National Design & Craft Gallery.

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Meet the Makers: Session One Thursday 21 October, 6pm With Adi Toch & Edmond Byrne + Ruth Laird

Adi Toch was born in Israel, and is based in London. She graduated with an MA in Art, Design & Visual Culture from The School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, where she is a Senior Lecturer in 3D, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Her work is exhibited internationally, and has won awards including a Gold Award from The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council UK, and the European Prize for Applied Arts. In 2017 she was shortlisted for The Loewe Craft Prize and won a Wallpaper* Design Award. Her work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum; Crafts Council UK; Goldsmiths’ Company; National Museums Scotland; National Museum Wales; and The Jewish Museum, New York.

Edmond Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is based in Surrey, England. He holds a BDes in Craft and a Higher Diploma in Art & Design Education from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin; an MA from the Royal College of Art in London; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art & Design Education from the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. Edmond has taught in Ireland and the UK and is Senior Lecturer in Design Crafts at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has exhibited internationally, and has received awards including the RDS Irish Bursary in 2018; Dan Klein Memorial Bursary, Contemporary Glass Society and the Pilchuck Partnership Scholarship. He has work in the collections of the V&A, Ulster Museum and The National Collection, Ireland. He is represented by Flow Gallery, The Scottish Gallery and The New Craftsmen.

Ruth Laird is based in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from Silversmithing and Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art in 2011. She was Artist in Residence 2012-13 at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Ruth has exhibited across the UK including Architectural Echoes at Studio Vault, North Yorkshire; In the Spotlight at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds; Outpost at New Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire; Inception at &Gallery, Edinburgh and Chromatic at Sara Preisler Gallery, Birmingham. She has also exhibited at a range of international events such as SIERAAD Amsterdam and JOYA Barcelona.

Meet the Makers: Session Two Thursday November 4th, 6pm With Nicola Heidemann + Cara Murphy

Nicola Heidemann was born in Munich, and is now based in Passau, Germany. Her jewellery and metalwork education has been self-directed, through research and technology experimentation. She combines her studio practice with a career as a lighting designer and technician. Nicola won the VDW Jewellery Selection, Special Prizes of OMYBLUE Gallery and BINI Gallery during Venice Design Week 2017, and was nominated for the Danner Prize, Munich and the Friedrich Becker Prize Düsseldorf, both also 2017. She was artist in residence in Rykjavik, Iceland in 2017. She showed in SOFA Chicago 2016 with Charon Kransen Arts; in LOOT, Museum of Art and Design, NY; and MIRABILIA, Galerie Par Mazlo, Paris, both 2019.

Cara Murphy is based in County Down, Northern Ireland, and is an associate lecturer in Ulster University. She trained at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Cara is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a selected member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths and is part of the Design & Craft Council Ireland’s PORTFOLIO Critical Selection. She works mainly to commission. Public collections include: Aberdeen Art Gallery; Arts Council of Ireland; Arts Council of Northern Ireland; National Museum of Ireland; The Silver Trust Collection at 10 Downing Street; Ulster Museum Belfast; The Pearson Silver Collection; and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland. She is represented by Adrian Sassoon Gallery.

Meet the Makers: Session Three Thursday 18th November, 6pm With Jane Adam + Jose Marin

Jane Adam was born in London, England. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic and received an MA in Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art. She has taught and lectured internationally and was Research Fellow at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham from 1997 to 2001. She was a founder of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, and co-vice chair of the Crafts Council. More recently, she was a trustee of Cockpit Arts where she had her workshop until 2015. Her work is in collections including Victoria & Albert Museum; Crafts Council UK; the Goldsmiths’ Company; Royal Museum of Scotland; MIMA; the Cooper Hewitt Museum; and the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.

José Marin was born in Valenica, Spain, the son of a goldsmith. He entered the School of the Guild of Jewellers of Valencia at age 13, studying jewellery making for five years, followed by four years of training in engraving and setting. He subsequently worked with leading goldsmiths in Valencia, setting up his own workshop in 2006. He graduated as Superior Artistic Jewellery Design Technician from the Valencia School of Art and Design and since 2014 he has taught at the school. José has been a finalist for the national craft awards and has received numerous awards for his work, including Valencia International Jewellery Awards and selection for the Bejing International Biennial of Jewellery Art. He has work in collections including The Koch Collection at the Swiss National Museum and private collections internationally. He is represented by Mobilia Gallery.

About What Colour Is Metal Exhibition, presented by the National Design & Craft Gallery. Curated by Sara Roberts and Coílin O’Dubhghaill.

This exhibition is a consideration of the relationship between metal and colour in contemporary silversmithing and jewellery, with a mapping of relationships and practice in key centres internationally. It examines approaches ranging from colour achieved using the inherent properties of metal to react with other chemicals or heat (or a combination); the reveal of colour as a property of the metal itself; infusing the surface of aluminium with pure colour or image; the use of enamel glazes with varying degrees of transparency and opacity - but always with a fundamentally strong relationship with the surface qualities of the metal.

Through seminal works by key international practitioners, it places artist practice in a broader context, tracing international information exchanges. It considers routes to support learning patination at all levels: from schools to professional studios; from undergraduates to specialists in conservation. what colour is metal? makes vivid the connections between innovative studio practice and historic techniques, and furthermore looks to the future and profiles potential adaptations for industry. It examines notions of value, and the changes in assay regulations which have allowed a freer approach to combining precious and base metals within a single work. The possibilities for achieving colour modulations and sometimes startling colour were seemingly endless. The democratisation of the information occurred at a time when notions of precious were being re-examined, and led to a surge in the application of colour; on jewellery and vessels, but more widely in architectural practice, in mid-scale applications such as furniture and interior surfaces. It has been described by Martina Margetts as “a paradigm of the transformation of the aesthetics and creative possibilities in the last quarter of the twentieth century.”

About National College of Art & Design The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland, offering the widest range of art and design degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The College's campus is situated in Thomas Street, in the historic Liberties area of Dublin. In 1998 the College opened its new wing, the School of Design for Industry, and now houses all of its activities on the Thomas Street campus or nearby.

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