Despite this, the contemporary studio jewellery movement for many years rejected the prettification of jewellery and, as a result, the flower form in contemporary jewellery withered.All of this is set to change with ‘Bloomin’ Jewels’, a new selling exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside, which sows the seeds for a regrowth of the floral motif.
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It signified a warrior’s status, wealth, family and even religious beliefs.
The ornaments in this exhibition are part of the Staffordshire Hoard, which is made up of around 4,000 fragments of gold, silver and semiprecious gems that were stripped from swords and seaxes (single-edged knives).
22/10/2016 – 23/04/2017 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL Monday - Friday: -, Saturday, Sunday: - Adult £5, Concessions £4, Under 16s Free closing soon Art medals are a fresh challenging medium for artists, sculptures and medallists.
They are not to be found on the chests of heroes or in athletes’ lockers, but are a contemporary expression of a much older tradition of medals as hand-sized works of art.This exhibition unites eighty contemporary art medals by students taking part in the British Art Medal Society’s 24th Student Medal Project.Each year over one hundred students from art colleges across the UK submit their finished works to be judged and selected for display.The collection, which is housed at Fredensborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Château de Cayx, covers an extensive range both in terms of style, size, form and colour, and numbers more than several thousand objects.Parts of this collection are exhibited here for the first time.23/03/2017 – 20/04/2017 The Goldsmiths’ Centre 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm.