Jewellery meets dance in new performing arts exhibition
A new exhibition launching at Coventry University’s Lanchester Gallery later this month is set to bring together jewellery and contemporary dance to create an interactive performing arts showcase.
Created by artist Zoe Robertson, the ‘flockOmania’ exhibition – which is a collaboration between academics at Coventry University and Birmingham City University – aims to challenge the traditional notion of jewellery displayed behind a glass screen by presenting large-scale jewellery with which visitors can interact.
The wearable objects have been handmade using a variety of different materials and a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial technology, and are theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body.
flockOmania’s artists – who also include Coventry University’s Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and dance practitioner Amy Voris – are aiming to create a ‘laboratory of making’ in which they will improvise movements amongst the sculptural jewellery to offer an atmospheric, ever-changing environment for their audience to explore.
Exhibition creator Zoe Robertson, who is a course director at Birmingham City University, said:
“We’re excited to be launching this exhibition and look forward to welcoming visitors into a dynamic environment where jewellery meets performance and the visual landscape is constantly shifting to offer something new.
“I’ve always taken an open-minded approach to challenging the boundaries of jewellery. That approach, coupled with an intuitive relationship with materials, is the driving force behind my work.”
Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, principal lecturer in dance at Coventry University, said:
“The Lanchester Gallery’s city centre location is an excellent venue for this exhibition which seeks to be interactive and open to those interested in both the visual arts and performance. This project demonstrates the potential of collaboration between Universities in the region working across a range of exciting and complementary artistic disciplines.”
flockOmania opens to the public on Monday 19th January and runs until Thursday 19th February, with a closing event and artists’ discussion on the evening of Thursday 19th February (6pm-8pm). For more information visit www.flockomania.com.
For further information, please contact Alex Roache, external press and media relations officer, Coventry University, on 024 7765 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.