Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art will be opening a brand new Jewellery Gallery on 4 October.
Jacqueline Mina, ‘Chain Necklace’ 2000.
Middlesbrough holds one of the most important art jewellery collections in the country, ranking alongside the V&A, National Museums Scotland and the Crafts Council, and the opening of the new gallery will be the first time this collection will go on permanent display.
Wendy Ramshaw, ‘Nanocrystalline Diamond Ring Set’ 2001.
Over 100 pieces from the collection will be showcased, including everything from bangles and neckpieces, to rings and brooches by renowned UK and international designers including Ted Noten, Karl Fritsch, Wendy Ramshaw, Caroline Broadhead, Felieke Van Der Leest and Emmy Van Leersum amongst many others.
In total the collection is worth over £200,000, with the earliest piece dating from the 1970s and the most recent acquired only last year. To celebrate the gallery launch independent British jewellery designers Tatty Devine will be gifting 15 pieces of its distinctive handmade jewellery to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art‘s collection. Each piece will represent one of their iconic designs and the 15 is quite significant as the brand is also celebrating its 15th birthday this year.