Eleanor Symms
Eleanor is interested in the physical world of materials and objects, as well as in the world of ideas. Her current work in jewellery design responds to 'found' and non-precious materials, combining these with precious metals and gem stones and challenging notions of preciousness and disposability.


Selected Collaborative Projects and Exhibitions
Salvage, with abstract painter, Alan Chapman, Coburg House Gallery, Edinburgh, 2017
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

Selected Group Exhibitions
Chroma, Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016
&Collective Gallery, Bridge of Alan, 2016
Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015
Craft Scotland, Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014 and 2015
Chromatic, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013
Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal, 2013
Translations, McNaughtan’s Gallery, Edinburgh, 2012
Scottish-Polish Kolektyw, Arts Complex, Edinburgh, 2012
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
The Art of the Book, Fruitmarket Gallery at Edinburgh Book Festival, 2002
Scottish Smalls, Glasgow Print Studio, 2000, touring 2000-2

Selected Open Exhibitions
Beyond the Blue, Gil Wing Gallery, London, 2017
Paradis Perdu, Alliages Gallery, Lille, France, 2016
Black Cube Collective Annual, Edinburgh, 2015
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
Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2013


Eleanor graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with Distinction in 2012. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally, including the International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, 2013, International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal in 2012 and she was the winner of the Fashion and Textiles Award in Inspired By… 2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The Inches Carr Award for Jewellery and Silversmithing, 2016. She was elected as a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland in 2013. Her 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.

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Found-ring, reclaimed plastics, sterling silver, 2014 (image Eleanor Symms)
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Found Grey Necklace, reclaimed plastic, brass, white topaz, 2014 (image Eleanor Symms)
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'Meet Your Maker' with Eleanor Symms at Craft Scotland Summer Show, 2014 (image Craft Scotland)