Jewellery in Action. A Masterclass by Manuel Vilhena. Part of the 2nd Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2024

Workshop  /  CriticalThinking  /  22 Jun 2024  -  26 Jun 2024
Published: 19.02.2024

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Jewellery in Action is a 5-day workshop that promotes active agency in society through personal work. To achieve this, we investigate participants' ideas and intentions and reframe them through the language of contemporary jewelry to bring the artist's work into the public sphere in a meaningful and politically active way.
The masterclass presents an opportunity to investigate what we want to express, why, and for what. In the process, it will highlight alliances, values ​​and commitments with the world in general. Participants will participate in discussions, self-reflection exercises, and practical work The hands-on method will refine their aesthetic options and conceptual congruence through experiences and exchange of information with other participants.

Dates and hours: 22 to 26 June,  Saturday 14.00 – 17.00 h, Sunday to Wednesday, 10.00 – 17.00 h.
Language: English with translation into Portuguese
380 €
320 €  (PIN members)
Registration / Application deadline: Registration for Masterclasses depends on the pre-selection of teachers. 
Payment: Registration until May: 50% payment for reservation; registration after May: 100% payment
— Payment of the remainder by June 15th under penalty of loss of place;
Payment must be made after receiving a response email confirming the application for Masterclasses 

About the Teacher:
Manuel Vilhena is a craftsman, teacher, contemporary jeweler, adult educator, chef, and bicycle mechanic - not necessarily in that order, he was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in the late 60s and started making jewelery in his teens, learning from master artisans in Brazil. He completed his training as a classical goldsmith in Portugal in 1989 and worked for many years in Italy in a small family workshop. He studied Contemporary Jewelery in Cologne, Germany, with Prof. Skubic, and at the Royal College of Art, London, with Prof. Watkins, where he completed his master's degree in 1998. Since graduating, he has taught extensively at educational institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, London; Hiko Mizuno College, Tokyo; Silpakorn University, Bangkok; AR.CO., Lisbon, Alpe-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Shenkar College, Tel-Aviv and Alchimia Jewelery School, Florence, where he was a senior lecturer for six years. He was a workshop leader at the Salzburg Summer Academy for two years and a professor at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo for four years, working there for a total of eight years. His work is exhibited all over the world and can be seen in several books on Contemporary Jewelry and in some permanent public collections, including those of the Danner Rotunde, Munich, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the MUDE Design Museum, Lisbon, the Swiss National Museum, among some others. Since 2015, Manuel has dedicated himself mainly to educational projects and in 2019 completed his Master's in Adult Education. He works all over the world, aiming to develop people's autonomy, critical thinking, social praxis and creative potential. He is an entertaining speaker and much of what he says is true.