Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations
The Glasgow School of Art

Event Type:

Off-site event




19 Apr 2021
10:30 - 13:00



Untying This Mess
Jonathan Boyd

Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations

Event info

Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations
Launch Webinar

Led by academics from the GSA's Silversmithing & Jewellery department and conceived in collaboration with leading curator and commentator Corinne Julius, Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations is a project that explores contemporary jewellery as a catalyst for social interaction, working with contemporary jewellers and students to consider new ways to engage audiences with social and environmental themes.

The webinar will be an opportunity to explore the concept that underpins Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations in more depth, through presentations from leading design thinkers and makers.

Speakers in the event will be Journalist and Curator Corinne Julius, Photographer Robert Taylor, GSA Artist in Residence Shawn Zhang, Jonathan Boyd, artist and academic, RCA and Maria Hanson, Jeweller and Academic, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bus Stop Jewellery Conversations is sponsored by Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance, with support from Arts & Business Scotland’s Culture and Business Fund.

Speakers' Biographies:

Jonathan Boyd is an artist, jeweller and academic working in a variety of materials, specialising in conceptual and narrative-led artworks. His research focuses on exploring the relationships of language and object. His practice-led, critically reflective research employs an interdisciplinary approach, utilising digital and analogue working methods placing jewellery at the centre of the dynamic relationship between person and thing. His artworks have received multiple awards and many can be found in public and private collections internationally including the Victoria and Albert Museum (U.K), Goldsmith’s Company Collection (U.K) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA). He is represented by Gallery SO in London and Gallery Marzee in The Netherlands.

Maria Hanson is a Principal Lecturer and Reader in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University. She is the Programme Leader for the MA and MFA Design courses and supervises post-graduate and PhD students in Jewellery and Metalwork alongside undertaking research and practice. Maria is a Designer, Maker, Academic, Writer and Curator. She studied at the RCA in London graduating in 1991 with a Master of Arts in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery. She established her design studio at the South Bank Craft Centre in London and in 1995 relocated to Sheffield where she currently lives and work. She has exhibited and sold her work nationally and internationally and was in the 2000 shortlist for the Jerwood Applied Arts prize for Jewellery.

Corinne Julius is a curator as well as a freelance journalist, critic and broadcaster with a special interest in contemporary craft and design. Corinne is a jewelleryaholic. Corinne writes regularly for a number of publications including the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property, and Crafts and is a reviewer for Country Life and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She studied Interior Design at the Royal College of Art and Sociology and Psychology at the University of Sheffield, before lecturing in Environmental Social Psychology.

Robert Taylor is a portrait photographer with work held in permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A Museum, and several Oxbridge colleges. For the last 15 years he has specialised in portraits of women of outstanding achievement in STEM and academe. He’s a great enthusiast for jewellery wearing for men, and disappointed that there are not more men prepared to wear pieces beyond discreet ‘safe’ items that don’t question their masculinity. He’s also intrigued by the question of whether there’s a distinctly male set of jewellery aesthetics centred on materials, textures and scale.