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29 October 2019, Goldsmiths' Centre

Mark Fenn and Jack Cunningham tell tales of narrative jewellery

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In Conversation Event with two treasured ACJ members.

The Goldsmiths' Centre, London 29 Oct 2019 · 6:00 - 8:00pm £10 (includes a welcome drink)  ACJ members have a 50% discount, code in your e-bulletin

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Every piece of jewellery tells a story. Narrative jewellery embodies the tale its maker wants to share and creates new dialogues with wearer and viewer alike. Following the publication of Narrative Jewellery: Tales from the Toolbox, by Mark Fenn, with a foreword by Jack Cunningham, join Mark and Jack in-conversation. They will share and discuss their experiences of making, researching, wearing and debating the nature of narrative jewellery. Come and hear their stories.

Mark Fenn is a maker and curator of narrative jewellery. He has been making for over thirty years and holds a degree in silversmithing and jewellery design from the University of the Creative Arts UK. The narrative and personal inform his studio work. Fenn creates commissioned work and small annual collections, and offers wedding ring making days where he tutors couples on how to make each other’s wedding rings, helping them to create their story. His work has been shown widely, including at Christies and Goldsmiths. He lives in rural Wales with his wife and two dogs.

Professor Jack Cunningham PhD would describe himself as a contemporary narrative jeweller. Relationships, place and memory, are factors of particular significance in the dialogue present in his jewellery. Equally important in the process of communicating his ideas are the materials incorporated, which include found objects and ready-mades. As an academic he held the post of Lecturer, then Head of the Silversmithing and Jewellery Department at The Glasgow School of Art (1990 – 2008). In 2008 Cunningham became Head of the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, a post he held between 2008 and 2014. In 2017 he was Visiting Professor at Kolding School of Design, Denmark, and is currently Visiting Professor at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. His work is held in numerous public collections, including; the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Crafts Council Collection, the Royal Scottish Museum - Edinburgh, and the Museum of Decorative Arts - Montreal.


For further information about Mark's book Narrative Jewellery: Tales from the Toolbox, see this ACJ articleNarrative Book cover large