Lectures at Destination Bijou Cagnes. 1st Jewellery Week of Cagnes-sur-Mer

Lectures  /  02 May 2024  -  05 May 2024
Published: 16.04.2024
Noel Guyomarc'h and Stéphane Blackburn.
Noel Guyomarc'h and Stéphane Blackburn

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The town of Cagnes-sur-Mer, strong in its commitment to contemporary jewellery, will celebrate contemporary jewellery during its very first week dedicated to this art.
> The exhibitions in the Castle will stay visible during the lectures
 > Free entrance to the lectures.

Dates/ hours and content
> May 2:
  • 10h30 – 12h: Official Opening.
    Language: Fr & Eng
- Official opening of Destination Bijou Cagnes with the team of the town hall of Cagnes-sur-Mer, the co-founders of the event, the speakers, galleries and invited artists.
- Presentation of the project and the program.
- Q&A.

> May 3:
  • 10h30 – 11h30: Historic Jewellery - Contemporary Jewellery.
    Isabelle Busnel, Juan Riusech, Sebastien Carré.
    Language: Fr & Eng

To understand contemporary jewellery, it is often interesting to replace it in its historical context. The purpose of this conference is to give reading keys to the different periods that have marked the history of jewellery. It is aimed at a novice audience who wishes to discover an artistic form often overlooked but also to an informed audience which will certainly find interesting topics on this practice which they know well. This is also the theme of the ‘‘Drag and Drop #2’’ exhibition that is part of the program at Espace Solidor.

> May 4:
  • 10h – 11h: Artist Talk – Felieke van der Leest.
    Title: Fiddling around with a purpose.
    Language: Eng * 
Felieke van der Leest is trained as a traditional goldsmith and graduated in 1996 from the jewellery department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She discovered that she could employ her beloved childhood pastimes of knitting
and crocheting in an original way: she merged needlework and jewellery, combined art with a sense of humour.
With her keen eye for contemporary subject matter, narrative qualities and playful mind, her work constantly keeps developing in new directions.
  • 11h – 12h: Nichka Marobin - Destination “Les Métissages”
    Title: The life of shapes between fashion and contemporary jewellery
    Language: Fr *
“My vocation is to open doors”.
Nichka Marobin is an Italian art historian specializing in Dutch and Flemish art history. She graduated at the Faculty of Letters of Padova (Italy).
In 2011 she founded “The Morning Bark”, a blogazette on arts and humanities, where she posts about arts with a multidisciplinary path, including fine arts, books, fashion, and contemporary jewellery. In 2014 she started her project called “Les Métissages” developing the concept of migration of forms and ideas by juxtaposing contemporary jewellery and fashion creations to investigate the connections and correspondances between the forms in these two Art disciplines. She is also an independent curator and a contributor of KLIMT02 and Art Jewellery Forum, both worldwide platforms for contemporary jewellery. She is the founder of “The Blue Room – Hub for Brilliant Conversations”, a new curatorial space for arts and artists.

> May 5:
  • 10h – 11h: Gallery / Artist Talk : Platina Gallery / Sofia Björkman.
    Title: The girl who makes silver sensuous.
    Language: Eng *
In the final year of art school in 1998, some friends and I did a performance. One person who saw it was Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe. The next day, we had lunch together, and she supported us in following our own path. Perhaps she was one of them who gave me the courage to start PLATINA, which over the years has evolved into a gallery for contemporary jewellery art. When I was invited to Destination Bijou at Château Grimaldi in Cagnes-sur-Mer, it was obvious to pay tribute to her and show what some Swedish silversmiths and jewellery artists
are working on today. For a few years, Torun moved from Sweden and settled in Biot ( a city close to Cagnes-sur-Mer). I will talk about why I started PLATINA, give some examples of what I have done over the years, and show works from the artists I have chosen for the exhibition «The girl who makes silver sensuous».
Sofia Björkman / PLATINA
  • 11h – 12h: Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h / Stephane Blackburn (école de Joaillerie de Montréal).
    Title: Collaboration.
    Language: Fr *
Noel Guyomarc’h has dedicated himself to contemporary jewellery for nearly 35 years. Stéphane Blackburn has been director of the Montreal jewellery school for 12 years. Since then, they began various collaborations in order to support the community in Montreal. Numerous exhibitions, workshops and lectures have been organized to stimulate the field, to engage and educate a new audience about creative jewellery, whether contemporary, modern, fine jewellery or classic.
* a translator will be available on site to provide direct translations.
Sébastien Carré. Photo by Milo Lee..
Sébastien Carré. Photo by Milo Lee.

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Juan Riusech..
Juan Riusech.

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Isabelle Busnel..
Isabelle Busnel.

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Felieke van der Leest. Photo by Agurtxane Concellon..
Felieke van der Leest. Photo by Agurtxane Concellon.

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Nichka Marobin..
Nichka Marobin.

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Sofia Björkman. Photo by Urban Jörén..
Sofia Björkman. Photo by Urban Jörén.

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