Articles of Hope, Adornments for Justice
“ARTICLES OF HOPE, ADORNMENTS FOR JUSTICE”
Manchester Jewellers Network present their concept exhibition, “Articles of Hope, Adornments for Justice” a collection of body adornments based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Exhibiting at Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys
16 November 2013 – 22nd January 2014
Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys SY16 2NZ
Eleven MJN members have interpreted eleven articles from the UDHR to create unusual, individual and often personal jewellery pieces. Fundamental themes and issues addressed include freedom of choice, hunger, industrial disease, access to medicine, the female right to vote, knife crime and China ’s rule over Tibet .
The jewellery is supported by a photography exhibition by Jonathan Keenan, showing shots of the work worn on the body. Taking a journalistic stance the photographs show the pieces in context, challenging and prompting the viewer’s response to everyday human rights issues.
Supported by the Arts Council England, this unique exhibition takes a fresh look at the concept of “Campaign Jewellery.”Jewellery is not solely worn for the decoration and adornment of the wearer but deliberately carries symbolic significance to show marks of allegiance, political, religious or ethical persuasions to challenge the viewer. Through the unusual medium of art jewellery, MJN have grasped the right to freedom of expression, educating, challenging and provoking the viewer’s responsibility to a fairer world.
The Manchester Jewellers Network (MJN) was established in 2002. The group meets regularly to network, lend mutual support and plan challenging new initiatives for both emerging and established jewellers. Through exhibitions MJN develops the profiles of designers in the region, raising an awareness of bespoke work and developing a forum for art jewellery. Exhibiting in new venues accessible to culturally diverse audiences MJN tours work both nationally and internationally.
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