The latest exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, ‘The Other Mountain’ brings together an eclectic and innovative collection of jewellery created by contemporary jewellers from China and will be on display from 30 April to 9 July 2016.
The Other Mountain is a National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) touring exhibition. It is jointly curated by Mr Kezhen Wang of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China and artist, curator and consultant Norman Cherry.
The Other Mountain explores the recent internationalisation of contemporary Chinese jewellery. China introduced jewellery and object design as university courses around 1988 and within the past 20 years, there has been an increase in academic travel and international study opportunities in the West for Chinese students leading to this phenomenon.
The jewellers are at different stages of their careers within this industry with some freshly graduation, to the earlier graduates with PHDs and now passionate educators in this field. Through teaching the jewellers continue to influence the new generations of students, encouraging the exploration of different cultures, traditions and styles.
The jewellery and objects in The Other Mountain highlight the endeavouring and evolution of ‘art jewellery’ rather than ‘commercial jewellery’. Each piece in the exhibition illustrates an array of styles and materials influence by more Western cultures; the jewellers strive for experimentation and bridging art, craft jewellery and design.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre consists of five gallery spaces showing a range of contemporary art, design and craft, as well as a popular café and shop selling handmade gifts by some of the UK’s leading makers. 20-21 opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. You can contact 20-21 on 01724 297070.
Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing, said:
The Other Mountain is a very unique exhibition that will see you exploring how Chinese jewellery has evolved through the years. As well as how it has become a piece of art – not just jewellery. It is a very interesting exhibition that will have you mesmerised. Go along to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and see the different types of jewellery on display.