5th July - 1st September 2002

An Exhibition of Calalan Jewellery
Part of an Exchange Project showing British work at
Hipotesi Gallery in Barcelona 13th June - 15th August '02

Findings, April 2002 review of 'Distinto-Distinct'

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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's
quarterly newsletter
April 2002

Barcelona Exchange
'Distinto - Distinct', an exchange exhibition of contemporary Catalan and British Jewellery between Kath Libbert Jewellery at Salts Mill and Hipotesi Gallery, Barcelona.
We trailed this initiative in an earlier Findings, and here Kath Libbert tells us all about its progress. KLJ, based at Salts Mill near Bradford since 1996, has initiated an exciting exchange project with the renowned jewellery gallery Hipotesi in Barcelona. It is a 'selected favourites' show chosen by the two gallery owners, Kath and Maria Lluisa Samaranch, with each other's taste in mind - a very enjoyable collaboration both face to face (Kath has been out twice to Hipotesi) and through sending each other images each thinks will excite the other. The title was chosen to emphasize a key objective which is to present visitors with work which is particularly Distinto - Distinct. The final selection of six British and six Spanish (mainly Catalan) jewellers was made together with Maria Lluisa during Kath's visit to Hipotesi last November, and consists of the following: Spanish - Carmen Amador, Grego Garcia, Xavier Ines, Montse Marin, Silvia Piva and Milena Trujillo; British - Jessica Briggs, Christina Hirst, Jo McAlister, Kathryn Marchbank, Dot Sim, Sarah Stafford. The British work will be on show at Hipotesi from 13 June to 15 August and the Catalan work will be at KLJ from 4 July to 31 August. A colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition, focusing in particular on the processes each maker has gone through in the production of their pieces.
Another aspect of the project will be making the most of the learning possibilities within the cultural exchange. All six British jewellers will go out to Barcelona to attend the preview event for their work at Hipotesi and then participate in a day of joint presentations in the jewellery department at the Scuola Massana, the prestigious art college in Barcelona. Visits to other jewellery galleries will also take place. The Crafts Council has kindly given financial support to the production of the catalogue and to the costs of the British jewellers' visits to Barcelona. It has always been envisaged that the Catalan makers would attend the preview at Salts Mill and make presentations and workshops there, and Kath is currently trying to raise further funding for this, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Craft Centre via Yorkshire Arts, to enable this part of the project to take place, as there is so much interest here from local jewellers and from regular gallery customers.
Finally, for those of you unable to hop on a cheap flight to Barcelona, there will be an opportunity to see selected highlights of the British show at KLJ at Salts Mill during October 2002.

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk