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Jewellery and Objects students celebrate International Women’s Day

Aint I A Woman - Jewellery

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Objects students have the opportunity to explore many different aspects of the world of contemporary jewellery practice. As part of their studies, second year students were asked to work on a live project to create works for International Women’s Day 2019.

As part of the Contextual Specialism module 52 student’s submitted pieces with around 15 students selected for the “Ain’t I A Woman” exhibition in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The exhibition was the centrepiece for the xCHANGE festival opening. The project enabled students to engage with real life issues and to incorporate these in their art practice.

The call-out for contributions came from xCHANGE Festival Director Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas, who was keen on engaging with the month of activities and events to celebrate and raise awareness of women’s lives and achievements. Kate was invited into the School by Lecturers Toni Mayner and Sarah O’Hana to select projects that resonated with her, featuring work that is both enjoyable and makes you stop and think. The artwork reveals a shared concern that young people from around the world have about the inequalities that continue to be faced by women.

Speaking afterwards, current student Hannah Turner said; “Previously, I have not looked and researched into real world issues in relation to my art so doing this effectively is something I’m still learning how to do. With this project, I found through genuinely caring about the content of my work, I enjoyed the process more, was more driven to dig deeper and found out more about myself as a result. In the future I wish to keep adding personal reflection and worldly reflection into my practice.”

The month-long festival included 40 events, encompassing talks and activities that promoted female activism and highlight gender inequalities in society, technology, media, health, politics and the cultural industries. Interdisciplinary projects like these are vital for students to engage with their course, giving them the opportunity to exhibit their work and make real-world industry connections for the future.

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