17th July – 28th Sept 2008

Antique meets Contemporary

Kelvin J Birk
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About Us

Kelvin Birk

Since 1998 I have been based at Cockpit Arts as a self-employed jeweller, silversmith and designer. I also teach jewellery making on a part-time basis.

Exhibition & Fairs

2008 ‘accord’ Solo Exhibition, Schädler-Keramik, Liechtenstein
Collect Collect at the V & A with Crafts Council, London.

2007 Brilliantly Birmingham/Decadence Royal Birmingham Society of Artists,Birmingham
Origins Origin Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
Goldsmiths Fair Royal Company of Goldsmiths, London.
Creative8 Solo Exhibition. Clerkenwell Green Association, London.

2006 Heirlooms 62 rings ACJ exhibition St. Botolophs Church, London

2004 jewellery unlimited Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
focus – Kelvin Birk Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
New York Gift Fair New York, USA

2003 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show’ Philadelphia, USA
London Art Well The Prince’s Trust, London
New York Gift Fair New York, USA

2002 hardcore concrete exhibition RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, London
Contemporary Decorative Art Sotheby's, London

2001 ‘nomade’ jewellery exhibition Oslo, Norway
‘eins’ jewellery exhibition Jürgen Prüll, Weiden, Germany
‘home sweet home’ Tactus Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
‘dialogue’ jewellery exhibition London Guildhall University, London
‘Men’s Room’ White Gallery, Brighton, Sussex

2000 Chelsea Crafts Fair Chelsea, London
‘Inhorgenta' Jewellery fair
Contemporary Decorative Art Sotheby's, London

1999 Dazzle National Theatre, London
Chelsea Crafts Fair Chelsea, London
‘one year on’ Business Design Centre London
3 Artists show Washington Gallery, Penarth, Wales

1998 MODERNground Olympia fine Art and Antique fair, London
'Midora' Jewellery fair Leipzig, Germany

1997 ‘Passing Out' Jewellery and Silversmithing exhibition, Manchester
'Midora' Jewellery fair Leipzig, Germany
Euro Bijoux Designers Gallery Mahon, Menorca, Spain
Goldsmith Crafts Council Exhibition Goldsmith Hall, London

1996 Goldsmith Crafts Council Exhibition Goldsmith Hall, London
1993 Von der geistigen Natur des Handwerks Gallerie Handwerk Munich/Germany

Awards & Grants

2007 Shortlisted for ACJ jewellery prize at Origin Craft Fair

2006/7 creative8 award and grant for solo exhibition. Clerkenwell Green Association, London

1999 New Exhibitors Prize. Best first time exhibitor at Chelsea Crafts fair 1999
Short listed for the OXO Peugeot Design Prize

1996 The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2nd Prize

1995 Guildhall/Jerwood Foundation Jewellery Prize, 2nd Prize
British Jewellery Association, 3rd Prize
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2nd Prize

1982 Recommendation 'Danner Competition' Munich/Germany

Publications & Features

My work regularly appears in publications such as Harpers & Queen, Tatlers, FHM Magazine, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Sunday Express, Vogue, Arena Magazine, Wallpaper* Magazine, mail on Sunday, Elle decoration, The Times, Art Review, ‘how to spend it’ Financial Times Magazine, Goldschmiede Zeitung.

A large image of a wine pitcher I made was used on large posters at London underground stations promoting the London Guildhall University.

Amongst others my work has also featured on the klimt02, times-online and Schmuck Magazin web sites.

Concrete Design by Sarah Gaventa
New British Design 98 by New Designers in Business.
‘Ceramic’ materials for inspirational design by Chris Lefteri.

‘The Big Breakfast’ on Channel 4
‘Living it Up’ on the Living Channel.


2008 Visiting Lecturer Kunstschule Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

2002 to date Part-time jewellery teacher at Kensington & Chelsea College, London

1999 to date Part-time jewellery teacher at Mary Ward Centre, London

2000 to date One, Two & Three day workshops at Cockpit Arts

1998 to 2005 Part-time jewellery teacher at Lambeth College, London

Aug/Sep 1997 Taught Silversmithing part-time at the 'Noam Hatorah' Jewish Community Centre for Adult Education, London.

1992 to 1993 Teaching Assistant in a school for children with learning difficulties and behavioural problems. Augsburg, Germany

My Studies

1996 to 1997 Master of Art Degree course in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Applied Arts
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, London Guildhall University
July 1997 MA with distinction

1994 to 1996 Postgraduate Course and Extended Studies Programme in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts.
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, London Guildhall University

1989 to 1992 Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Glas und Schmuck in Neugablonz, Germany
Goldsmithing/Jewellery department

July 92 Goldschmiedegesellenbrief

1987 to 1989 Staatl. Fachoberschule, Design Department, Augsburg, Germany (A level)

Artists taking part in Artists taking part in Sentiment & Sex are: Kelvin Birk; Georg Dobler; Adam Paxon.
Sentiment & Sex Antique pieces. Other themes: Memento Mori ; Power & Politics; The Lighter Side.