Jane Adam Solo
Jane Adam Solo / Saturday 21st September 2019 - Saturday 26th October 2019
Jane Adam’s solo retrospective exhibition will open at the the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in September 2019, and will then tour to Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales and on a venue in London in 2020. It will include a selection of archive pieces of Jane’s jewellery over the last thirty five years, alongside new work in precious metals and in dyed anodised aluminium.
Jane Adam’s jewellery practice has been hugely influential on contemporary jewellery in the UK and internationally. From Jane’s pioneering research, throughout her thirty year career, into the decorative and formal qualities of aluminium as a new jewellery material and how, in recent years, she has used that experience to transition to working in precious metals and stones.
To accompany the exhibition, a new publication about Jane and her work will be available to purchase with essay by Dr. Elizabeth Goring.
My work explores sensuality, both in the nature of the forms themselves and in how they feel when worn. The relationship between the wearer and the jewellery they choose to wear is at the heart of my thinking. When it becomes part of the wearer’s experience and expression of themselves, my jewellery is transformed and completed.
Central to the exhibition, therefore, will be a series of six photographs by the leading photographer Robert Taylor, showing collectors (male and female) wearing their jewellery – pieces that they have chosen to purchase and to wear. His intention is to show what it is that the owners love about the jewellery and how it works with them; and to say what is about them as people that makes them special. Thus the series will explore the synergy between them – portraits of the work as much as of the wearers.
Jane will deliver our Annual Gardner-Medwin Lecture on Thursday 17th October, from 2 – 4pm.
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Jane Adam was born in London. After a short career in retail management at Heals and Liberty’s, she studied for a degree in Wood, Metal and Ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic and an MA in Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art.
Soon after she graduated in 1985, she set up her studio in central London. Since then, she has concentrated full time on making jewellery, managing to combine artistic integrity, ongoing experimentation and technical innovation with a grounded sense of commercial reality, to design and create jewellery that appeals to women (and men) of all ages. This is exhibited and sold in leading galleries and exhibitions internationally.
Her work is also included in many major museum and public collections, including those of the V&A Museum, Crafts Council, Goldsmiths’ Company, National Museums of Scotland, MIMA in Middlesbrough, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA.