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FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of Iron in the City in Shanghai

Exhibition  /  TravellingExhibition  /  31 Oct 2019  -  30 Nov 2019
Published: 18.10.2019
Stephen Bottomley. Badge: Watcher(s), 2018. Enamelled steel re-cycled watch cases with 22K gold image.. Ø 4.2 x 0.6 cm. Photo by: Stephen Bottomley. Stephen Bottomley
Badge: Watcher(s), 2018
Enamelled steel re-cycled watch cases with 22K gold image.
Ø 4.2 x 0.6 cm
Photo by: Stephen Bottomley
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Intro
With heartfelt appreciation to Vittoria Street Gallery, AIVA is delighted to present FERROcity an exhibition of jewellery and objects which celebrates Iron in the City and has been co-curated by Stephen Bottomley, Head of school and Elizabeth Turrell, visiting Professor, at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.

Artist list

Dauvit Alexander, Marianne Anderson, Jivan Astfalck, Stephen Bottomley, Tim Carson, Rachael Colley, Bettina Dittlmann, Christine Graf, Joohee Han, Kirsten Haydon, Jeremy Hobbins, Michael Jank, Bridie Lander, Anna Lorenz, Drew Markou, Toni Mayner, Simone Nolden, Sarah O’Hana, Jo Pond, Jo Pudelko, Rebecca Steiner, Elizabeth Turrell
This exhibition brings together fascinating artistic responses to the theme of iron by twenty-two contemporary makers, including works by academic staff from Birmingham’s eminent School of Jewellery and invited international artists.

Iron is a material that has become synonymous with human life and civilisation and as such has become embedded in both our language and understanding of the world.
 
FERROcity showcases a breadth of approaches to this fascinating but familiar material. Ideas explore the interpretation and influence of Iron as the catalyst, material, and fundamental element of life, culminating in contemporary metalwork and jewellery ranging from steel vessels to recycled iron nail jewellery. Alongside these gemological samples and photography taken on specialist, microscopes have been commissioned from the Gemmology department at the School of Jewellery which captures the transformative effect iron has on the colouration of gemstones.
 
The show opened in Germany at the Museum Reich der Kristalle, Mineralogical State Collection, Munich and ran in tandem with the city’s international jewellery fair ‘Inhorgenta’ in February 2019 and ‘International Jewellery Week’ and ‘Schmuck’ exhibitions in March 2019. Then travelled to the Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom during April 2019. In October 2019 FERROcity makes its way to China, to be exhibited in Beijing at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and in Shanghai at the Academy of International Visual Arts.
 
Anna Lorenz. Object: Stages, 2019. Rusted steel.. 28 cm Ø. Anna Lorenz
Object: Stages, 2019
Rusted steel.
28 cm Ø
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Rachael Colley. Necklace: Tongues + Ovoid Spoon, 2019. Mango stones, hematite (iron oxide) pigmented leather, hematite cabochon, iron, bamboo, stainless steel.
.  . 26 x 32 x 3.5 cm. Rachael Colley
Necklace: Tongues + Ovoid Spoon, 2019
Mango stones, hematite (iron oxide) pigmented leather, hematite cabochon, iron, bamboo, stainless steel.
 
26 x 32 x 3.5 cm
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Drew Markou. Object: Tower 2, 2019. Mild steel, jesmonite, nylon cord.. 5 x 5 x 4 cm. Drew Markou
Object: Tower 2, 2019
Mild steel, jesmonite, nylon cord.
5 x 5 x 4 cm
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Sarah O'Hana. Brooch: Obra VI, 2019. Silver, reclaimed wood with steel nail, polymer mineral, stainless steel.. 7 x 3.5 x 8 cm. Sarah O'Hana
Brooch: Obra VI, 2019
Silver, reclaimed wood with steel nail, polymer mineral, stainless steel.
7 x 3.5 x 8 cm
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Kirsten Haydon. Brooch: Iron scapes, 2019. Mild steel, enamel, stainless steel, Kariotahi iron sand.. 5.5 x 5.5 x 7 cm. From series: Iron scapes. Kirsten Haydon
Brooch: Iron scapes, 2019
Mild steel, enamel, stainless steel, Kariotahi iron sand.
5.5 x 5.5 x 7 cm
From series: Iron scapes
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Timothy Information Limited. Badge: The technicolor flies will eat us all, 2019. Mild steel, stainless steel, magnets, brass, powder coat.. Timothy Information Limited
Badge: The technicolor flies will eat us all, 2019
Mild steel, stainless steel, magnets, brass, powder coat.
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Elizabeth Turrell. Brooch: Widget, 2019. Found steel with vitreous enamel and iron spangles.. 9 cm Ø. Elizabeth Turrell
Brooch: Widget, 2019
Found steel with vitreous enamel and iron spangles.
9 cm Ø
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Dauvit Alexander. Ring: Sig Nuts, 2019. Corroded pre-cut iron nuts, white metal and rough stones.. Dauvit Alexander
Ring: Sig Nuts, 2019
Corroded pre-cut iron nuts, white metal and rough stones.
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