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Jacqueline Mina

Jacqueline Mina OBE
Please make contact via any of the galleries below:

Contemporary Applied Arts
Crafts Council Photostore
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
Ruthin Craft Centre
The Scottish Gallery
My whole way of working is built on an extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of goldsmithing, through which I express a contemporary aesthetic. The skill in the making undoubtedly contributes to the overall effect of the finished piece, in a sensual way, however I intend my craft to remain very much at the service of my art. I am preoccupied with the surfaces of precious metals and with form – juxtaposing the play of light, reflection, lustre with characteristic expressions of angle, curve and line. I am intrigued, too, by the potential for dialogue between inner and outer planes, with random patterns held in tension within strictly delineated edges, and the visual dynamic created by the contrast and harmony of all these factors. Technically I have been trying to extend the possibilities of fusion between gold and platinum, employing platinum gauze, mesh, distressed fragments, tesserae, wire and gold dust to create a variety of surfaces from which I construct my jewellery. I rarely do a drawing of a piece before I make it, preferring to create it directly in the metals so that I can keep my mind open to all kinds of possibilities and avoid fixing any detail right up to the completion of a piece.

Photo Left: 18ct pleated gold & bronzed titanium brooch, 2015
Collect with Bishopsland, Saatchi Galleries, London.
Theory of Colour, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Design: Head Hand Heart, Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, Oxfordshire

Collect, with CAA & Bishopsland at Saatchi Galleries, London
Jacqueline Mina at 75 (solo), Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
50 Secrets, Lyle & Turnbull, Edinburgh

Out of This World, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Premio Internazionale Mario Pinton, Oratorio di San Rocco, Padua, Italy
Modern Masters, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
A Sense of Jewellery, Goldsmiths' Centre, London

Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall London
30 Years in the Making, Lesley Craze, London
Masters of Modern Jewellery 2014, Beetles+ Huxley Gallery, London

Masters of Modern Jewellery, Beetles + Huxley Gallery, London

Solo Show (touring), Ruthin Craft Centre, The Scottish Gallery, Contemporary Applied Arts
Jacqueline Mina Retrospective, 'Dialogues in Gold' Goldsmiths’ Hall, London

Drawing with Objects, Contemporary Applied Arts
Collect, Electrum Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery, London
Contemporary Silver at Bishopsland, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh

Collect, the Scottish Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery, London
Big Ring Thing, Kath Libbert Gallery, Saltaire
Tea with Mina, Cox & Power, London
Contemporary Silver - the Bishopsland fellowship 1979-2009, V&A, London
La Creme - 25th Anniversary Show, Lesley Craze Gallery, London

Diamonds, Contemporary Applied Art, London
Collect, V&A

Collect, V&A Museum

Collect, V&A Museum
The Gold Mark, Thomas Goode, London

Orgold, curated by Jacqueline Mina, The Gallery, Ruthin
L'Or, Bijoux d'Europe, Chateau Grimaldi, Haut-De-Cagnes, France & touring.

Orgold, Flow Gallery, London & The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh,
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

‘Silver Sparks – The Bishopsland Connection’, The Gilbert Collection, London
‘Contemporary Decorative Arts 2003’, Sotheby’s, London
'International Invitational Exhibition', Kanazawa, Japan.

‘European Contemporary Jewellery Triennale’, Chateau de Seneffe, Belgium
‘Jacqueline Mina – Celebrating Sixty’, Lesley Craze Gallery, London, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Design Yard, Dublin.

‘The Ring’, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA

‘The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize’, Crafts Council, London, plus UK tour
‘Treasures of the 20th Century’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Schmuck’, International Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany

’25 Years’, Crafts Council Shop, V&A Museum, London

‘British Gold – Italian Gold’, Studio GR20, Padua, Italy, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Jewellery Moves’, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
’50 Pieces of Gold’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

‘Shining Through’, Crafts Council, London, plus UK tour
‘Modern British Jewellery’, Landesmuseum, Mainz, Germany

‘Jacqueline Mina – New Work in Platinum & Gold’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

‘British Goldsmiths of Today’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Troisieme Triennale du Bijou’, Musee des Art Decoratifs, Paris, France etc etc
Jacqueline Mina was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1942. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1965 she was a visiting lecturer there for twenty-two years, until 1994. Continually fascinated by precious metals Jacqueline has, over the years, become well-known for extending the possibilities of fusion between gold and platinum and for using traditional goldsmithing techniques in unorthodox ways.

She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Trustee of Bishopsland Educational Trust, and was a founding member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. Occasionally holding solo shows – for example, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1985, Lesley Craze Gallery, 2002, and the Scottish Gallery in 2002 and 2017. Jacqueline is frequently invited to participate in international exhibitions such as Schmuck 2000 in Munich, Collect 2004 - 2008 at the V&A in London and Collect 2009 at the new Saatchi Gallery in London. In 2004 Jacqueline curated “orgold” an exhibition of contemporary jewellery which toured the UK.
In 2011 Goldsmiths' Company held a major retrospective of her work .

The recipient of many prizes and commissions, her greatest accolade was to be judged the winner of the Jerwood Prize for Applied Art 2000. Major public collections hold important examples of her art, amongst which are the V&A Museum, the Crafts Council and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; Cleveland Collection of Contemporary Jewellery at MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, New York.
Image 1
Two 18ct gold rings; left ring set with vintage catseye sapphire cabouchon (PP33) and right ring set with opalescent glass cabouchon (PP36) 2004
Image 2
18ct gold collar with platinum beaten wire fusion inlay and striptwist wire (PP41) 2004 . Private Collection
Image 3
Titanium brooch with textured precious metals 52 x 56mm (PP115) 2009