Otago Polytechnic


"By degree" - Contemporary jewellery from the collection of the Dunedin School of Art


Starts 26th March 2021
Venue: Nelson Provincial Museum


Celebrating the School’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition provides a small slice of the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic Art Collection, as works of significance, represented through the decades. The extensive collection comprises over 1600 catalogued works dating to the early 1970s following amalgamation with the Otago Polytechnic.

Works from the Jewellery studio find their way into the collection with new accessions acquired every year through donations or purchases either from staff, artists’ in residence or students. The end of year SITE exhibitions offer a prime opportunity to support our emerging artists.

As a valued asset, the art collection adorns the student, staff and public environments of the Polytechnic and supports learning as a teaching tool.

As of this year the Dunedin school of Art is the only New Zealand institution able to offer dedicated studies in contemporary jewellery through to a Master of Fine Arts level.

An online catalogue of the work on display is accessible via QR code, alongside some printed hardcopies available inside the museum.

Nelson Jewellery Week, an inaugural contemporary jewellery event, will coincide with another jewellery exhibition HANDSHAKE PROJECT: Chain Reaction, a curated jewellery exhibition at Refinery ArtSpace. 

Nelson Jewellery Week and HANDSHAKE will be held in conjunction with and is supported by, Arts Council Nelson, Refinery ArtSpace, Creative New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Uniquely Nelson, and the Nelson Regional Development Agency. Nelson Jewellery Week will be held at various locations throughout Nelson including NMIT, Refinery ArtSpace and local galleries and jewellery workshops and retail spaces.

(Image: student Lisa Walker at the Dunedin School of Art, photograph by Lloyd Godman)

Published on 18 Jan 2021

Orderdate: 18 Jan 2021
Expiry: 30 Mar 2021