School of Jewellery
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- Stephen Bottomley
On November 4, 1889, the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths Association (now the British Jewellers Association) held an historical meeting attended by representatives from the principal jewellery and silverware manufacturing companies. The purpose was to discuss setting up an exclusive school for the jewellery making industry. The Association achieved its objective and a new school opened in the factory building at 84 Vittoria Street, which it still occupies, on September 18, 1890.
Our internationally renowned School of Jewellery is the largest in Europe, with unrivalled facilities and expertise to develop your career in this exciting specialist sector.
Located on two sites, Vittoria Street and Carver Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, the School was founded in 1890. The Vittoria Street building’s historical facade conceals a contemporary award-winning environment that included multiple workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space. The Carver Street building is home to the Birmingham Assay Office and also houses our Gemmology students and business jewellery suites of courses.
We cover all aspects of jewellery, silversmithing, horology, gemmology and business management working with a wide variety of materials including precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, plastics, textiles, wood and other experimental materials. Our students also benefit from an enviable range of cutting-edge equipment and technology is used in today’s industry including electroforming, CAD/CAM 3D printing and cutting, to name but a few.
Graduating students have a wide spectrum of employability, including; self-employment as designer/makers setting up their own studios or employment for larger companies, including the Assay Office, Tiffany’s, Tag Heuer, Cartier, De Beers.
On November 4, 1889, the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths Association (now the British Jewellers Association) held an historical meeting attended by representatives from the principal jewellery and silverware manufacturing companies. A new school opened on September 18, 1890 in the factory building at 84 Vittoria Street, which it still occupies today.
In 1995, an extensive building and refurbishment programme was completed, creating the largest teaching institution for the specialisation in Europe. Another major aspect of the School – the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre – opened in 1997.
We celebrated our 125 anniversary in 2015 and are an important part of the Faculty of Art, Desig and Media.
In 2016 we opened our Gemmology Department on the site of the Birmingham Assay Office, followed by a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later that year.
Our Vittoria Street gallery holds exciting exhibitions and events to showcase the successes of our students and alumni, so watch this space...
Exhibition 06 May 2020 - 12 May 2020 A Celebration of International Women's Day / VIRTUAL EXHIBITION.
Exhibition 13 Feb 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 Voyagers.
Exhibition 31 Oct 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of Iron in the City in Shanghai.
Exhibition 18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of Iron in the City in Beijing.
Exhibition 14 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 Space. Craft by Stephen Bottomley.
Exhibition 03 Sep 2019 - 09 Sep 2019 Birmingham City School of Jewellery. MA Degree Show 2019.
Open call 31 Jul 2019 - 09 Sep 2019 Open Call for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at School of Jewellery.
Exhibition 29 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 FLUX. An exhibition by Birmingham School of Jewellery Artist in Residence.
Open call 17 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019 Open Call for a Position at School of Jewellery for Artist in Residence 2019-2020.
Open call 16 Apr 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 Open Call for 2019 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Open call 10 Apr 2019 - 01 Sep 2019 Open Call to join the International Jewellery College Association, a platform for cooperation and communication of Jewellery education worldwide.
Exhibition 05 Apr 2019 - 09 Apr 2019 Beautiful Darkness.
Exhibition 01 Apr 2019 - 18 Apr 2019 FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of iron in the city in Birmingham.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 Oscillations. MA Graduates Show. School of Jewellery Birmingham City University in Munich.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 Animal/Vegetable/Mineral by Jillian Moore.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 Adagio Uno A special edition by Letizia Maggio, Raquel Bessudo and Alice Brazzit.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 Qualia by Toni Mayner.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 Numinous by Drew Markou and Bridie Lander.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 Echoes of an Echo.
Exhibition 21 Feb 2019 - 17 Mar 2019 FERROcity. A contemporary exhibition of iron in the city.
Exhibition 04 Feb 2019 - 01 Mar 2019 A Waste Land by Dan Russell and Dauvit Alexander.
Exhibition 04 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018 Birmingham City School of Jewellery. MA Degree Show 2018.
Open call 02 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018 Position at School of Jewellery for Artist in Residence 2018.
Meeting 26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018 Melting Point 2018.
Exhibition 19 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 Subterranea.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018 Like a Rolling Stone.
Exhibition 26 Feb 2018 - 12 Mar 2018 In the Loupe2.
Exhibition 08 Jan 2018 - 16 Feb 2018 Rationed by Jo Pond.
Meeting 29 Nov 2017 - 29 Nov 2017 Rethinking Domestic Design.
Exhibition 27 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017 Ambiguous Implements Exhibition.
Meeting 15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017 Canadian Craft Biennial Symposium 2017.
Exhibition 02 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 Birmingham City School of Jewellery. MA Degree Show 2017.
Open call 03 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 Position for a Lecturer in Gemmology at the School of Jeweller.
Open call 03 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 Position for a Programme Leader, Luxury Jewellery Management at the School of Jewellery.
Open call 01 Jun 2017 - 19 Jun 2017 Position for a Lecturer for BA and HND at the School of Jewellery.
Open call 01 Jun 2017 - 19 Jun 2017 Position for a Lecturer for MA and Postgraduate Diploma at the School of Jewellery.
Open call 04 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 Position for a School of Jewellery Artist in Residence Opportunity.
Meeting 17 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 Beyond Jewellery. Performing the Body.
Exhibition 22 Feb 2016 - 01 Apr 2016 flockOmania2.
Open call 11 Dec 2015 - 04 Jan 2016 Position for a Senior Lecturer in Jewellery / Course Leader.
Open call 01 Dec 2015 - 08 Jan 2016 Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body - Call for Papers.
Exhibition 09 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015 Junk: rubbish to gold.
Fundraising 16 Jun 2015 - 15 Jul 2015 JUNK - Rubbish to Gold: kickstarter campaign.
Exhibition 10 Jun 2013 - 15 Jun 2013 Graduate Show: Tinker, Treasure, Jewellery Pleasure.
Exhibition 10 Sep 2012 - 26 Sep 2012 MA Show Jewellery, Silversmithing and related Product: Cast From Different Moulds.
Exhibition 12 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012 Diamond Jubilee Exhibition 2012.
Exhibition 13 Sep 2010 - 22 Sep 2010 Making Treasure.
Exhibition 08 Sep 2009 - 24 Sep 2009 Life's a Bench.
Exhibition 13 Mar 2009 - 16 Mar 2009 48 weeks...later.
Workshop 14 Jul 2008 - 18 Jul 2008 New Starts: From Start to a new Start.
Exhibition 29 Feb 2008 - 02 Mar 2008 JAMES: Jewellery and metal Enquiry show.
School of Jewellery
- +44 (0)121 441 5940
- Stephen Bottomley
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