Silver Schools

Exhibition  /  30 Apr 2013  -  30 Jun 2013
Published: 09.05.2013
Legnica Cultural Centre
Petra Benešova. Bracelet: On the table, 2011. Print, lamination, paper. Petra Benešova
Bracelet: On the table, 2011
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An annual presentation of the leading European art schools, showing works of their professors, graduates and students. This year: Insitute of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia and Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School.
SILVER SCHOOLS cycle is an annual presentation of the leading European art schools, showing works of their professors, graduates and students. This year shows Insitute of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia (Pilsen, Czech Republic) and Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School (Florence, Italy).

Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School (Florence, Italy)
Alchimia is a school of contemporary jewellery in Florence, Italy, based in Oltrarno, Florence's historic artisan district.

The philosophy of Alchimia, a name chosen for its symbolism and suggestions: the ancient discipline between science and thought, the ancestor of chemistry, from which to draw in order to transform the “worthless” into the “highest quality” through the creative impulse, the manual skill, imagination and enthusiasm.

In courses offered from beginning to advanced levels, students develop strong technical skills guided by a capacity to elaborate artistic concepts and their own creative language. Alchimia’s teaching method, focused on the students and their individual nature, has produced results of a very high quality, with peaks of excellence made evident by many international prized acknowledgements.

The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified for European Bachelor of Fine Arts & European Master of Fine Arts by EABHES the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools.

Mystery, curiosity, try-try-try, risk, trust, transformation, strange…
- Do you think a plastic cup is a piece of jewellery?
- Probably not.
- Every material has it’s hidden value. You just have to look for it.
- You could: jump on it for 30 minutes, shoot it from a distance of 25 meters, bake it in an oven for 3 days, try to plant it and wait for it to grow or you could just make it explode.
Maybe, if you are lucky and patient enough that plastic cup could actually turn into something precious and unexpected, which will lead you to your piece of jewellery.

List of artists:
Andrea Melissa Arias - Venezuela, Daria Borovkova - Russia, Amani Bou Dargham - Lebanon, Francesco Coda - Italy, Gabriela Cohn - Spain, Elena Gil - Costa Rica, Ana María González - Colombia, Sana Khalil - Lebanon, Orsolya Losonczy - Hungary, Carla Movia - Italy, Kyla Murrihy - Australia, Federica Sala - Italy, María Ignacia Walker G. - Chile


Insitute of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia
(Pilsen, Czech Republic)

The programme of Metal and Jewellery Design (established 2004) was one of the first courses available in the Institute of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia. The main impulse to create the Institute was the lack of art schools in the north-west, west and south parts of Chech Republic, as well as the growing public demand for arts in the region. In the academic year 2005/06 the Institute received accreditation to offer MA courses.
The Metal and Jewellery Design faculty's aims are to remain the strong leader of the Czech educational establishments specialising in art and design and to create the best enviroment for the department's growth. Their priority lies in raising the quality of teaching and in the development of programmes and disciplines. The course graduates go on to become acknowledged Czech artists of international renown. The head of the studio is professor Vratislav Karel Novák, who runs the course with the assistant Petr Vogel (MA) and the technician Miroslava Veselá.

The teaching focuses not only on the psychology of colours and shapes, but first of all, on the plastic structure of matter and space, contemplation of nature, logical connections between man and his eviroment and emotional states and reflections. The lecturers support students in their attempts to use different media and different forms of artistic expression. The important element of the education is the high level of craftsmanship and knowledge of materials, as well as the ability to see them in historical context. Students are encouraged to find new relations between past and present. During their studies, they meet many distinguished personalities who help them find their own ideological and artistic direction. When taking part in debates and presenting their works, they express their feelings and opinions and learn to accept the critical feedback from others and gain self-knowledge. The workshops and open air classes in Nečtiny and Český ráj proved to be very helpful in the process. The Metal and Jewellery Design students participate successfully in many Czech and international competitions, for example: The National Design Students Award 2012, Project Talent in Zlín, Circles on Water competition in Bratislava, Legnica International Jewellery Competition - RITUAL (2012) and REVOLT (2013).

List of artists:
Tata Akhatova, Petra Benešova, Lenka Červinková, Silvia Dolníková, Martina Dulcová, Tereza Dušková, Veronika Gocová, Martin Grosman, Eva Hegedűsová, Antonín Juračka, Adam Kasalý, Charlotte Kejzlarová, Jaroslava Klimentová, Zuzana Kopčova, Kamil Kurka, Eliška Lhotská, Karolina Maříková, Veronika Menčíková, Markéta Moravcová, Iveta Mulačová, Vratislav Karel Novák, Kateřina Pelikánová, Jiří Podaný, Hana Polívková, Kateřina Reichowá, Marika Sejkorová, Tereza Severýnová (Píznová), Anita Šťastová, Marcela Steffanová, Markéta Šumová, Miroslava Veselá, Petr Vogel-2016-2016
Kamil Kurka. Necklace: Deterioration, 2011. Plaster, rust wire. Kamil Kurka
Necklace: Deterioration, 2011
Plaster, rust wire
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Veronika Menčíková. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Brass, leather, metal. Veronika Menčíková
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Brass, leather, metal
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Marcela Steffanová. Necklace: Puzzles of Textilana. Silver plated rivets, foil, silkscreen. Marcela Steffanová
Necklace: Puzzles of Textilana
Silver plated rivets, foil, silkscreen
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Elena Gil. Bracelet: Closure. Shibuichi. Elena Gil
Bracelet: Closure
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Francesco Coda. Brooch: Sardinaguitar. Cans, gold, iron, brass, plastic. Francesco Coda
Brooch: Sardinaguitar
Cans, gold, iron, brass, plastic
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Gabriela Cohn. Necklace: The lunatic is in my head. 24 kt gold, tights, resin. Gabriela Cohn
Necklace: The lunatic is in my head
24 kt gold, tights, resin
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Kyla Murrihy. Necklace: Inside - Outside. Thermoplastic adhesive, sugar sprinkles, cotton, latex, sterling silver. Kyla Murrihy
Necklace: Inside - Outside
Thermoplastic adhesive, sugar sprinkles, cotton, latex, sterling silver
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