The Goldsmiths’ Centre presents Pamela Rawnsley exhibition

Pamela Rawnsley, Vessel Sequence Out of the North, 2011, Silver, oxide, gold

The Goldsmiths’ Centre has announced it will be hosting a Pamela Rawnsley exhibition from March 15-May 4 2016.

The exhibit will present a retrospective of the career of the late leading artist, silversmith and jeweller Pamela Rawnsley (1952-2014).

Originally held at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales last year, this solo exhibition visits London for the first time and reflects the full scope of Rawnsley’s creativity and technical skill. Running for seven weeks, the show includes silver vessels, distinctive jewellery, and Rawnsley’s signature prints and drawings.

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Landscape was central to Rawnsley’s life and oeuvre. In 1996 she moved to the Brecon Beacons in Mid Wales where mountain walks in all weathers inspired the meanings, forms and delicate surfaces of her exceptional pieces. Exploration was also key to her three-decade-long practice.

Following her death caused by an inoperable brain tumour, the Arts Council of Wales noted: “It stole up on her in a matter of months and robbed Wales of one of its finest makers of recent times.”

The exhibition has been curated by Rawnsley’s husband, Matthew Tomalin, an artist-metalworker (originally a jeweller); noted ceramic artist Catrin Howell; and independent curator Gregory Parsons.

Parsons explains: “Pamela’s work and her legacy certainly deserve a showcase in the capital and I am so grateful to the Goldsmiths’ Centre for agreeing to being the host. The exhibition and venue are a fitting tribute to the skill, hard work and dedication that Pamela brought to the world of jewellery and silversmithing.”

Rawnsleys’s work is internationally acclaimed and can be found in many public and private collections including National Museum Wales, The Goldsmiths’ Company, V&A Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and National Museum Ulster.

On April 7 from 1pm – 2pm, Tomalin and Parsons will be giving a short talk about Rawnsley, her expansive practice and the curatorial process of putting together a landmark retrospective exhibition.

 

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