Dundee will play host to the second Scottish Jewellery Week, which will run at the end of May alongside the inaugural Dundee Design Festival.
Dundee-based Vanilla Ink, the studio that supports jewellers during the transition from being a student to running a business, launched the first-ever Scottish Jewellery Week in 2014.
Now the event is back for another year to showcase the work of local jewellers through an exhibition in the city’s historic West Ward Works.
“Scottish Jewellery Week was set up in 2014 to showcase and champion the wealth and talent of Scottish Jewellery and Silversmiths, to mark a date in the Scottish diaries for makers, buyers, collectors and spectators to enjoy. Every two years we want to demonstrate how incredible Scottish design and jewellery making is and celebrate it during our festival,” says Scottish Jewellery Week organiser, Kate Pickering.
Scottish Jewellery Week will host an exhibition from May 25-28 of 15 jewellers and silversmiths’, which will show a reflection on the relationship makers have with their hands. Exhibited will be the casts from the real life hands of these 15 jewellers. These will form the display of the jewellery and silversmiths work that are based in Scotland.
Visitors will also be able to experience the workings of a jeweller through the event’s live jeweller feature. On May 27 and 28 an invited jeweller will take up residence in West Ward, equipped with their own mini studio, and will set to work on designing, creating and finishing a piece which will be auctioned off at the end of the festival.
Festival goers will also be able to enjoy the event out with West Ward Works and trek a jewellery trail of the city, unearthing jewellery in the most unsuspecting of places around Dundee. If all the trail clues are gathered and questions are answered correctly participants can get the chance to create their own jewellery by winning a workshop with CARVE on June 12 at Brew Dog Dundee.
Scottish Jewellery Week’s free events run from May 25-28 at West Ward Works, Guthrie Street, Dundee.