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Eleanor Symms

Eleanor Symms
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My work as an artist/jeweller derives from a fascination with materials. It responds to ‘found’, reclaimed and non-precious materials, often combining these with precious and semi- precious stones and precious metal; challenging notions of preciousness and disposability.
BA (with Distinction) Combined Studies (Art and Design), Edinburgh College of Art, 2012
Postgraduate Teaching Qualification in Further Education, Dundee University, 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education, University of Edinburgh, 1986
MA Hons, University of Edinburgh, 1985

Selected Collaborative Projects and Exhibitions:
We(e) Object!, Gallery 3, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh 2015
Monochrome, curated catwalk: contemporary jewellery design, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, 2014
Unravelling Signatures, Artists’ Altered Books, Impact International Print Conference, Dundee, 2013

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Paradis Perdu, Alliages Gallery, Lille, France, 2017
Chroma, The Edinburgh Gallery, 2016
Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015
Craft Scotland, Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Chromatic, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013
Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal, 2013
Translations, McNaughtan’s Gallery, Edinburgh, 2012
6th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2012
SMALL: exhibition of artists’ books, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 2010
5th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2010
The Art of the Book, Fruitmarket Gallery at Edinburgh Book Festival, 2002

Selected Open Exhibitions:
ICONS, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, 2014
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Exhibition, London 2014
Something Old, Something New, International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, 2013 International Artists’ Books Competition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2011
Inspired by..., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010
Printmaking Today, Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, Pescara, Italy, 2008
Mini Print Internacional Cadaques (Spain), 2000

Textiles and Fashion Award, inspired By, V&A Museum, London, 2010