Eleanor Symms

Eleanor Symms
Studio 45,
Coburg House Studios
15 Coburg Street
Edinburgh EH6 6ET
+44(0) 7935359426
Selected exhibitions, awards and collections

Collaborative Projects and Exhibitions
Distance- Craft makers and immersive technology project, Applied Arts Scotland and Soluis Heritage, 2021
Transform, Coburg House Gallery, 2019
The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange, international online exhibition and publication, 2015
Re:See It 3/Art COP Scotland Exhibition, St Margaret's House and Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, 2015
Wee Object!, small scale mixed media works, jointly curated with Fiona Hermse, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh, 2015
Monochrome, curated catwalk: contemporary jewellery design, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, 2014
Unravelling Signatures, Artists’ Altered Books, Impact International Print Conference, Dundee, 2013

Group Exhibitions
glasshouses, Association for Contemporary Jewellery, 2020-1
Connections | Connessioni, Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Goldsmiths' Hall, London and Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow, 2019-20
Perceptions: Jewellery for a Fairer Future, Elements Festival, Edinburgh 2018
Hidden Gems, Coburg House Gallery, Edinburgh, 2017
Chroma, The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016
And Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan, 2016
Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015
Craft Scotland, Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014 , 2015 and 2016
Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal, 2013
6th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2012
SMALL: exhibition of artists’ books, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 2010 and Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, 2011
5th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2010

Open Exhibitions
Current, Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, 2018
Threads, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018
Beyond the Blue, Gill Wing Gallery, London, 2017
Paradis Perdu, Alliages Gallery, Lille, France, 2016
ICONS, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, 2014
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Exhibition, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 2014
Something Old, Something New, International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, 2013
International Artists’ Books Competition and Exhibition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2011
Inspired by..., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010 (winner of Textiles and Fashion Award)
Printmaking Today, Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, Pescara, Italy, 2008
Mini Print Internacional Cadaques (Spain), 2000
Visual Arts Scotland, 1999, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020-21
Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, 1993,1998,1999, 2000, 2003, 2013, 2018

Textiles and Fashion Award, Inspired by… 2010, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Craft Makers' Award, Creative Scotland and East Lothian Council, 2015
Inches Carr Award for Jewellery and Silversmithing, Visual Arts Scotland, 2016
Visual Arts and Craft Maker's Award, Creative Scotland and East Lothian Council, 2017, 2019 and 2021

Professional Member, Visual Arts Scotland (elected 2013) and Council Member, 2016-2019
Professional Member, Applied Arts Scotland and selected for current Crafts Council and Craft Scotland Directories

Eleanor's work is in a number of public collections: National Library of Scotland, Artists' Books and Special Bindings Collection; Printmaking Museum of Douro, Biennial Collection, Portugal; Scottish Borders Council, Fine Art Collection and the Scottish Poetry Library.
Edinburgh-based artist jeweller, Eleanor Symms, makes work which is unique, sustainable and highly wearable.

Eleanor’s work derives from a fascination with different types of materials, especially reclaimed plastics, which she finds and scavenges for use in her work. Often, her starting point will be the shape, colour or texture of something she has found; sea-worn plastics from the beach or scraps of waste sheet materials, which would otherwise be discarded.

Combining non-precious and precious materials, Eleanor aims to make jewellery which is beautiful and intriguing, rather than purely decorative, questioning the nature of ‘preciousness’ and disposability.

Eleanor graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with Distinction in 2012. She is a Professional member of Visual Arts Scotland, a member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery and the Craft Scotland Directory of Makers. She exhibits in the UK and internationally.
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Round Orange and Green Brooch, 2020, image credit Martin Alan Smith Photography
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In the studio, image credit- Martin Alan Smith
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Yellow Multi-strand Necklace, 2020, Martin Alan Smith Photography