Wednesday, June 24, 2009

reconsidering identity...

Warwick Freeman
Lisa Walker

Reconsidering identity – seminar about New Zeeland jewellery art at;
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg 19/9 2009.

Warwick Freeman a famous New Zeeland jewellery artist , Lisa Walker jewellery artist and Damian Skinner art critic and curator…will be at Röhsska museum and talk about there country and art.

Warwick Freeman was born in Nelson 1953. Largely self-taught, he took up jewellery-making in Perth, Australia, in 1972, following two years of travel. Returning to New Zealand in 1973, Warwick initially established a workshop in Nelson before moving to Auckland in 1975. After a brief stint as a manufacturing jeweller he first joined Lapis, a co-operative jewellery workshop, in 1977, and a year later became a partner in Fingers. Warwick regularly exhibits in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in Europe and the USA. His works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Auckland Museum; the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; the Danner Stiftung, Munich; the Helen Drutt Collection, Philadelphia; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. His international standing was recognised recently by the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, based at the Stedelijk Museum, who named him their 2002 Laureate.

Here you can find a lot of interesting jewellery art :

Reconsidering identity – a seminar on New Zealand contemporary jewellery

New Zealand is a distant and exciting country with a vital arts scene. This seminar gives a unique opportunity to get to know New Zealand contemporary jewellery through the perspectives of three leading authorities in the field.

Saturday September 19, 2009
Venue: the Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan 37-39, Gothenburg, Sweden


11.00 Registration and coffee
11.30 Opening words
11.45 Liesbeth den Besten: ”Kiwi Tactics: Conquering the World from an Isolated Position”
12.45 Lunch buffet
14.00 Warwick Freeman: "Two-Headed Dogs: Making a Place for Making"
15.00 Fruit break
15.15 Lisa Walker: ”Sometimes: A Retrospective Look at Works from 1992-2009”
16.15 Closing words

17.00 Reception at Warwick Freeman exhibition, Galleri Hnoss, Konstepidemin

18.00 Evening party at Konstepidemin

The seminar is arranged jointly by the School of Design and Crafts at University of Gothenburg, Galleri Hnoss, the Röhsska Museum, and Paletten art magazine, with the support of Göteborgs Slöjdförening, Estrids Ericsons stiftelse, Iaspis (International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden), and the City of Gothenburg.
Organising committee: Karin Johansson, Love Jönsson and Mona Wallström.

Seminar language is English.

Seminar fee is 150 SEK, including morning coffee, vegetarian lunch buffet from the Röhsska Museum café and a fruit in the afternoon break.

Advance booking required. Submit your binding registration by sending an e-mail with your full contact details to
The fee is collected upon arrival.

The Röhss Museum is situated just off the Avenyn, "Valand" being the nearest bus and tram stop. Buses: 18, 42, and 58. Trams: 3, 4, 5, 7, 10.

Presentation of the lecturers:

Liesbeth den Besten, Amsterdam, is a Dutch critic, curator, and lecturer, internationally renowned for her expertise in contemporary jewellery. She is the chairwoman of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation for contemporary jewellery and a founding member of Think Tank: a European Initiative for the Applied Arts.

Warwick Freeman, Auckland, NZ, has been a practicing jeweller for more than 30 years. His work is characterized by the simplicity of symbol-like shapes and the use of indigenous materials. Continuously investigating the links between material, form, tradition, and social significance in jewellery he is today New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed artist in his field.

Lisa Walker, Munich, received training as a jeweller at Otago Polytechnic, NZ, and der Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. By altering and combining artefacts, found natural objects, rubbish, and precious materials, she makes highly personal pieces of jewellery, often shocking in their rejection of conventional aesthetics.


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