Exhibition / From Walter to DIVA

A project by Studio sieraad and research platform Precious Dialogue of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, in cooperation with Walter Fischer GmbH & Co. KG

DIVA, Suikerrui 17-19, 2000 Antwerp
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May 2018, 13:00 - 17:00

During the opening weekend of the new Antwerp diamond museum DIVA, students of Studio sieraad and the research platform Precious Dialogue of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp present 'From Walter to DIVA'. In a walking exhibition, they show jewellery made with chains of Walter Fischer, one of the largest manufacturers in the world of industrially produced chains.

The chain is an endless series of interconnected links that is rather insignificant in contemporary jewellery. It primarily has a supporting function, for example, as a carrier of a pendant. In ‘From Walter to DIVA’, it takes centre stage. Students, Belgian and international designers have examined the concept of 'jewelleryness' in their work: what are the artistic qualities, such as wearability, glance or detailing, that make an object into a piece of jewellery?

Belgian and international designers

Participants: Conversation Piece (Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng), Lin Cheung & Veronika Fabian, Benedikt Fischer & Benedikt Fischer, Sofie Boons, Dries Dockx, Silke Fleischer, Anneleen Swillen, Charlotte Van de Velde

Students of Studio sieraad

Students: Flo De Nyn, Nele De Vrij, Daniela Piano, Tieke Scheerlinck, Ruby Solon, Marit Staes, Lore Van Duppen, Djara Van Hove, Cleo Van Woensel

Research team of Precious Dialogue

Liesbet Bussche, Pia Clauwaert, Hilde Van der Heyden





Invitation / Lecture by Mah Rana

You are cordially invited to the lecture of Mah Rana, organised by the Jewellery Design department and Precious Dialogue research platform of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.

When? Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 19h
Where? St Lucas Antwerp, Sint-Jozefstraat 35, 2018 Antwerp

Free entrance!

London-based artist, curator and writer Mah Rana will present her body of work and art practice in which human relationships, narratives, memory recall and loss, and material and experiential processes are central. In this lecture, Mah Rana will give extra attention to her approach of public participation in an artistic context being the subject of the masterclass ‘People Skills’ she gives to master’s students of St Lucas School of Arts and The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

About Mah Rana
Mah Rana develops inter-disciplinary projects that bring people together to engage in social storytelling and making as forms of participatory arts practice. She searches for new ways of active public participation with equal terms between the artists and the participating audience.
‘Meanings and Attachments’ (2001-ongoing) runs as public-participatory events held in different countries creating a text, photography, and film archive of people’s personal connections to the jewellery that they wear.
‘Tandemize’ is a 'not for profit' 'cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary' learning and teaching programme that supports students and practitioners to develop the social and cultural impact of their creative practice.

More information via liesbet.bussche@kdg.be or www.researchandjewellery.be


Invitation / Masterclass by Mah Rana

Interested to participate in the masterclass ‘People Skills’ by Mah Rana? Apply now!

‘People Skills:
The Transition of Creative Practice from Private to Public’
26 February – 2 March 2018

The aim of the masterclass ‘People Skills’ supervised by artist Mah Rana is to provide participants an intense work period wherein the discursive and practical doing and making are intertwined, to further develop and emphasize research competences. The masterclass is a possibility to broaden and deepen artistic projects, and interact and peer-learn with designers and artists coming from different disciplines.

Together with Mah Rana and other participants, you will develop a public-engagement strand to your current creative practice. Public-engagement is as an opportunity for artists to connect with their audience. The goal of this masterclass may include the production of an artwork or the participatory action itself. You will consider how to develop meaningful interactions with an audience whereby: how to plan, communicate effectively, and deliver an outcome that is a positive experience for all participants, are aspects to consider.
The first days of the masterclass, you will focus on establishing a working relationship; drawing on strengths and skills across the group of participants. Through presentations of work, and conversations, the group will explore and scope potential avenues for public engagement.
The second stage will be a testing phase. You are expected to engage in learning by doing, and understanding through self-reflection.
The third and final stage will be delivering a public-engagement outcome that has been tested and refined, followed by reflexive evaluation of the process.

Date: 26 February until 2 March 2018
Fee: € 263 (materials not included)

Language: English

Number of participants: 15

Requirements: A good understanding and spoken level of English & at least Bachelor 3 or Master level

Questions or interested? Please send a short motivation and CV to liesbet.bussche@kdg.be.