Bounded + Unlimited

Bounded + Unlimited

Contemporary Jewellery

2 February 2018 – 18 April 2018


Bounded + Unlimited
Contemporary Jewellery 2 February 2018 – 18 April 2018

Bounded + Unlimited is an exhibition of exceptional precious jewellery and goldsmithing by four contemporary jewellery artists from Ireland and China. The exhibition explores the parallel working practices of these jewellery artists across design, techniques and materials, from the perspective of differing cultural contexts. The title refers to how the artists are bounded by their respective personal and national cultural experiences, yet unlimited in opportunities for communication and understanding through the traditions of their craft.

The two Irish jewellery artists represented are Eimear Conyard, manager of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery Goldsmithing Course and a practicing contemporary jewellery artist and Christopher Heltzel, of the long established and renowned Rudolf Heltzel. The two jewellery artists representing China are Hu Jun, a professor of Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology and Binyu Chen professor at the School of Art of Beijing City University.

All four jeweller goldsmiths are internationally recognised and have extensive experience within jewellery and goldsmithing education. A series of masterclasses, lectures and educational initiatives will coincide with the exhibition in both Ireland and China.

Bounded + Unlimited concides with the celebrations of the Chinese New Year and will travel to White Peacock Art Gallery in Beijing and ZBird Gallery Shanghai in Summer 2018. The project is the first Ireland-China precious jewellery exchange and was initiated to develop closer links between the countries respective jewellery markets.

Education & Outreach

Exhibition Launch Thurs 1 February, 6.30pm

With special guest Mary V. Mullin, Design Consultant and Chair of Sir Misha Black Awards

Meet the Makers Sat 3 February, 12noon-2pm

Talks & demonstrations by Binyu Chen, Eimear Conyard and Hu Jun 3pm-5pm Lecture by Rudolf Heltzel: The Arduous Road to the Creation of a Jewel

Family Day: Geometric Gems Sat 10 February 11am + 12.30pm

Focus on Heltzel’s geometric designs with Marie Therese Walker - cut, score and glue, to make card sapphires, rubies and emerald gemstones for adornment or decoration. Children will explore geometry in gemstones and design by looking at the facets, angles and shapes in Heltzel's designs. Book now

Getting Engaged? Let's Talk Diamonds Sat 10 February, 3pm

Christopher Heltzel talks cut, clarity, colour and carat. An informative guide to choosing that special engagement ring. From stones to setting styles, metals to sizing, learn everything you need to know before you purchase. Book now

Late Date Thurs 22 February, 6.30pm

Join Marie Wilgaard Kelly of the DCCoI, Olivia Bergan curator at Rothe House and Grace Fegan curator/manager of Medieval Mile Museum, as they discuss treasured adornments from their cultural venues archives. Gain an insight into materials and techniques used, sourcing of collections, and the stories behind the individual pieces presented. EYCH event. Book now

Family Day Sat 10 March, 11am + 12.30pm

Children will learn how to create inventive Seasonal Displays with Maeve Lynch, inspired by the work of Rudolf Heltzel in his Precious Metals solo exhibition at the NDCG.. Book now

Designed Displays Sat 10 March, 3pm

Make a connection with your customers using themed window displays. With over 40 years experience, Maeve Lynch of Rudolf Heltzel guides participants as they develop hands-on skills to create imaginative eye-catching displays for visual merchandising -  €15. Book now

Late Date Thurs 29 March, 6.30pm

Join us at the gallery to watch a feature-length documentary, Elizabeth Taylor - Auction of a Lifetime, that explores the Hollywood legend's extraordinary life story through some of her most precious possessions which feature in landmark auctions in New York and London. Popcorn on arrival! Book now

Silver Jewellery Thurs 5th April, 10am-1pm

Teen workshop with Cassie McCann - designing and creating bespoke silver jewellery. Classes accommodate twelve students who each get their own workbench - €35. Book now

Ring Making Sat 7th April, 10am-1pm + 2pm-5pm

Adult Workshop with Doireann O’Riordan - design, forge and decorate a silver ring - €40. Book now

Family Day Sat 14 April, 11am + 12.30pm

Rings & Things with Sandra Hartweig - children learn how to make their own bespoke jewellery. Book now

Schools Programme Thurs 2 Feb - Wed 18 Apr

Tailored to suit your class group from primary through to third level. Enthusiastic education facilitators will introduce your group to the Bound + Unlimitedl exhibition. Booking Required: Email or call 056 7796 151 for details.