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Jane Adam

Jane Adam is renowned for her innovative jewellery in anodised aluminium, going beyond traditional notions of "preciousness". Each piece is unique and the artist's ability to transform an apparently dull metal into a blend of rich colours and patterns evidences how far her research has gone.

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February 2010 1982 - 1985 MA(RCA) Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
1978 - 1981 BA(Hons) Three-dimensional Design, Manchester Polytechnic
1977 - 1978 Foundation course, Kingston Polytechnic
2009 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts
2006 Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2004 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 Noroeste, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2001 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 Arai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1999 - 2002 Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales & British tour*
1999 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1997 Aberdeen Art Gallery
Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts
1994 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 Oxford Gallery, Oxford
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1990 Stafford Art Gallery
1987 Facets, Dartmouth
(*denotes catalogue)
2009 ‘Art Carat’, Mayer Goldschmiede, Munich
2009 Two person show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (2009)
2008 ‘Contemporary Jewellery UK-Japan’ Gallery Shop Si, Kobe, Japan
‘In the Window’, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
SOFA (with Patina Gallery), Chicago, USA
‘Origin’, Somerset House, London*
‘Goldsmiths’ Fair’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London*
‘8 Contemporary British Jewellers in 2008’, Kobe Fashion Museum, Kobe, Japan
‘Surfaces’, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Collect (with Cockpit Arts)
2007 SOFA Chicago USA (with Patina Gallery
From Minimal to Bling’, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, USA
Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Annual Jewellery Show, Freehand, LA, USA
2006 ‘Origin’, Somerset House, London*
‘Loot!’, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
‘Collect’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (with Bluecoat Gallery)*
2005 ‘Contemporary British Jewellery’, Gallery Bielak, Krakow & Legnica Gallery of Art
‘Celebrating 30 Years’, Crafts Council Shop at V&A, London*
2004 ‘Jewellery Unlimited’, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery*
2003 ‘What is Craft?’, The Hub, Sleaford, Lincs*
2002 ‘Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery’, Chateau de Seneffe, Belgium*
Flow Gallery, London (two person show)
2001 ‘Jewellery by the Top Ten’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2000 - 2005 ‘Aluminum by Design’, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, & international tour*
2000 - 2001 ‘Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery’, Crafts Council, London & tour*
1999 ‘1950-2000: 50 years of Studio Jewelry’, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, USA
‘Nature Formed/Transformed’, Freehand, Los Angeles, USA*
‘Making Connections’, Sammas Galleri, Talliin, Estonia*
(*denotes catalogue)
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
British Council
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Cleveland Craft Centre
Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York
Craft Study Centre, Farnham
Crafts Council, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Hiko Mizuno College, Tokyo
Hove Museum and Art Galleryv Liverpool Museum
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Helsinki
North-West Arts, Manchester
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Shipley Art Gallery & Museum, Gateshead
Stafford Art Gallery, Stafford
Ulster Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum (Dept. of Jewellery)
Victoria & Albert Museum (Dept. of Prints & Drawings)
Homes & Antiques (2009)
Metalsmith Exhibition in Print (2009)
‘Non-precious Jewellery’, Kathie Murphy (2009)
‘The Face of Craft’, Craft and Design Magazine (2008)
‘Crafts and Design’ magazine (February 2008)
‘500 Pendants and Lockets’, Lark Books, USA (2008)
‘500 Necklaces’, Marjorie Schick, Lark Books, USA (2006)
‘Interior World’ magazine, Taiwan (2005)
‘500 Bracelets’, Charon Kransen,, Lark Books, USA (2005)
‘Love Actually’ – jewellery worn by Emma Thompson (2003)
‘Rich Alchemy: Jane Adam’, Ornament, USA (2003)
Film on art and empire, British Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum (2001-11)
Various appearances on TV and radio: ‘Debut’, BBC2; ‘Handmade’, BBC1; ‘How Do You Manage’, BBC2; Kaleidoscope, Radio 4; ‘Woman’s Hour,’ Radio 4;‘Good Morning’, ITV (1985-97)
Society of Jewellery Historians, London 2009
External examiner, Glasgow School of Art (2004-07)
Guest speaker, forum and conference, HKJMA, Hong Kong (2006)
Visiting artist, Tainan National College of the Arts, Taiwan (2004)
Discussion group chair, ‘Eye of the Beholder’, ACJ conference, Manchester (2003)
Guest speaker, ‘Aluminum by Design’ international symposium, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (2000)
Co-organiser, ‘A Sense of Wonder’, ACJ international conference, Birmingham (2000)
Guest presenter, SNAG conference, Boston, USA (2000)
Lecture, Contemporary Jewellery Study Day, Victoria & Albert Museum (1998)
Guest speaker, conference, Newcastle (1997)
Visiting lecturer, Postgraduate Diploma in Silversmithing & Jewellery, Oporto, Portugal (1996–97)
British Council visitor, touring India with exhibition ‘All That Glisters’ (1992)
2009 - present Co-deputy Chair, Crafts Council
2002 - present Trustee, Crafts Council
2003 - 2006 Chair, Development Award, Crafts Council
2000 - 2002 Chairman, Association for Contemporary Jewellery
1997 - 2001 Research Fellow, School of Jewellery, Birmingham
1997 - 2000 Vice chairman and founding member, Association for Contemporary Jewellery
1972 - 1977 Retail management, Heal’s, Guildford & London, and Liberty’s, London
2009 ‘Crafted’ project, Walpole Group / Arts and Business
2007 ‘Future in the Making’ project, Holts Academy
2000 Shortlisted for Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts (Jewellery)
1997 - 2001 Research awards, University of Central England
1991 Visual Production Award, Greater London Arts
1985 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
RCA Major Travelling Scholarship
RCA Allen Lane Penguin Book Prize