AJF Hangouts takes the pulse of the rapidly expanding world of global art jewelry. We hear from voices in emerging jewelry scenes, featuring those with the responsibility of representing their country as AJF Ambassadors. Despite the varying quality of video feeds, it’s quite amazing that we can now use this platform to connect people together from all corners of the globe. What connects them is a shared passion for contemporary jewelry, even in those cases where there are no galleries or collectors. Their commitment may help those of us in more established scenes appreciate the way our art field emerged thanks to a similar vision a generation ago.
The contemporary jewelry world is expanding in South Africa. Art jewelry is taught across the country and new jewelry galleries are emerging. There are striking new talents emerging, albeit far from the established centers. It’s not easy. There are few collectors and a small community. But there is great potential. What does the emergence of art jewelry in South Africa mean for the field as a whole?
Speakers: Beverley Price (AJF Ambassador, South Africa), Carine Terreblanche (head of Stellenbosch University’s jewelry department) with colleagues Joani Groenewald and Angela Tolken, Geraldine Fenn-Loubser (owner, Tinsel Gallery)