Roberta Bernabei

Published: 15.02.2020

Bernabei’s current research concerns emotionally embedded artifacts and their impact on our ‘self’ and as an aid to wellbeing. Other research interests include the application of Rapid Prototyping to reinvigorate traditional goldsmith techniques. Her latest curatorial project investigates possibilities of widening fruition of jewellery exhibitions through a sensory and digital experience. She is currently curating an exhibition ‘Talking Jewellery’ with curator Maria Cristina Bergesio for the forthcoming international event Florence Jewellery Week in May 2020.


Her work ranges from publications such as the monograph Contemporary Jewellers: Interviews with European Artists to international exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland; Museo Arti Decorative, Turin; and Kunstgeweremuseum, Berlin. Her work has won awards from the EPSRC to the Craft Council. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Jewellery Research (JJR). This journal is a peer-reviewed online and open-access publication that focuses on the design, theory and praxis of jewellery studies. Bernabei instigated JJR in 2015 and it was co-founded together with Prof. Jayne Wallace. She is affiliated with International Jewellery Associations and works as an academic at Loughborough University.

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Award giving  14 Oct 2021 - 14 Oct 2021  Enjoia't Awards 2021 Winners.
Open call  17 Feb 2020 - 30 Jun 2020  Open call for submission of Article and Exhibition Review.
Open call  12 Feb 2020 - 20 May 2020  Open Call JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects 2020.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Like a Rolling Stone.
Exhibition  24 Sep 2016 - 05 Nov 2016  DIALOGHI: Italy - Japan.
Exhibition  03 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015  Dialogues Italy-Japan.
Exhibition  08 May 2015 - 26 Jul 2015  Omaggio a Donatello - Gioielleria Contemporanea.
Exhibition  01 May 2008 - 08 Jun 2008  Contemporary jewellery from Italy.
Exhibition  16 Dec 2005 - 28 Feb 2006  Precious Thoughts 2: jewellery without boundaries.
Exhibition  19 Nov 2005 - 19 Mar 2006  Mapping Impermanence.

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Book:  Like a Rolling Stone. Bottomley, StephenBirmingham City University:  Birmingham,  2018
Book:  Annamaria Zanella: The poetry of material. Arnoldshe Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2018
Book:  Contemporary Jewellers. Interviews with European Artists. Bernabei, RobertaBerg:  London,  2011
Book:  Fabrizio Tridenti: Hard Wear Beauty. Tridenti, FabrizioDarling publications:  Cologne,  2009
Book:  Mapping Impermanence. Bernabei, RobertaLoughborough University School of Art & Design Publications:  Birmingham,  2005