30 April to 9 July 2016
The Other Mountain brings together an eclectic and innovative collection of jewellery created by contemporary makers from China. The exhibition is jointly curated by Mr Kezhen Wang of Nanjing University of the Arts, China and artist, curator and consultant Norman Cherry.
Exhibiting jewellers include: Bifei Cao, Ming Gu, Jun Hu, Xiang Dai, Xin Guo, Xiaowang Huang, Xiao Liu, Honggang Lu, Xianou Ni, Jie Sun, Fei Teng, Kezhen Wang, Man Yang, Chungang Wang, Zhenghong Wang and Fan Zhang.
The Other Mountain explores the recent internationalisation of contemporary Chinese jewellery. China introduced jewellery and object design as University courses circa 1988, and within the past 20 years there has been an increase in academic travel and study opportunities in the West for Chinese students. This has lead to their craft expanding over seas, and those featured in this exhibition have studied at a range of prestigious universities around the world.
The creators on show are at varying stages of their careers within the jewellery industry, with some freshly graduating, others studying for PHDs or passionate educators in the field. These jewellers continue to influence new generations of students, encouraging the exploration of different cultures, traditions and styles.
The objects featured in The Other Mountain highlight the evolution of ‘art jewellery’ rather than ‘commercial jewellery’. Each piece in the exhibition illustrates an array of styles and materials influenced by more Western cultures, with the jewellers bridging art, craft jewellery and design.
The Other Mountain is a National Centre for Craft and Design Touring Exhibition.