Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams
28 March – 24 June 2012 (This event has passed)
As one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, Wendy Ramshaw is renowned for her jewellery and distinctive, large scale public art. This major exhibition exhibited key pieces spanning the past fifty years of her acclaimed career from her early fashionable and ephemeral jewellery in paper and plastic, through impressive, geometric jewels in precious metals, stone, glass and ceramic, to a series of images and maquettes representing her outstanding output of public art commissions including the latest Hyde Park Gates.
The centrepiece of the exhibition was 'Room of Dreams’, a magical environment which is now recognised as an important milestone in the development of contemporary applied art. This part of the exhibition encouraged the visitor to move from seeing jewellery purely as precious objects and transforming them into vehicles for storytelling and imagination, drawing inspiration from stories such as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’
A fully illustrated book with contributions from writers including poet Tobias Hill, Judy Rudoe, Curator, British Museum, Lady Marina Vaizey, art critic and Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Jewellery historian and lecturer, was been published alongside the exhibition.
A Harley Gallery Touring Exhibition in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre with funding from Arts Council England. The exhibition will continue on to: Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, 7 July – 9 Sept 2012; Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, 27 Oct – 13 January 2013; Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 1 February – 30 March 2013; mima, Middlesbrough, 2 October – 1 December 2013.