The fabulous Saltaire Festival 2017 begins next Friday the 8th of September and runs until the 17th September. If you haven’t been before, it’s brilliant and well worth making the effort.
This year sees a special celebration of David Hockney’s 80th birthday with a show in Salts Mill Gallery 2 (2nd floor), as well as its permanent collection in the 1853 Gallery (ground floor) and the glorious Arrival of Spring (3rd floor).
Salts Mill needs no introduction other than to say that it is the magnificent Victorian textile mill built along with a model village by Sir Titus Salt, named after himself and the River Aire. It was restored more than 20 years ago to showcase the world’s largest collection of works by Hockney, who was born in nearby Bradford.
Hockney’s birthday has inspired Czech jewellery artist Blanka Šperková to create a finger knitted wire necklace, based on his Wolds painting, ‘Going up Garrowby Hill’ 2000. The necklace costs £1,260. It will be on display at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery in Salts Mill, which is holding a solo exhibition by the renowned Blanka, who is coming over especially from Brno in the Czech Republic for the launch event on Saturday, the 9th September (the exhibition runs until October 29). Her distinctive finger knitted wire sculptures and jewellery also feature necklaces inspired by famous paintings by Rousseau and Picasso.
Kath Libbert is a dedicated supporter, promoter and campaigner for contemporary independent jewellery designers and their artworks. In 1996, she opened her own selling gallery in Salts Mill, specialising in contemporary jewellery, silver and metal smithing. It now showcases her carefully curated edit of pieces by more than 70 designers, some known across the world, others emerging talent from Britain and overseas.
This is wearable art, for people who want pieces that challenge and provoke thought, blurring boundaries between art, jewellery design, crafting and fashion and creating heirlooms of the future as well as fun, intriguing designs that play with the concept of jewellery.
The KLJ Annual Alternative Wedding Show, now in its 10th year, showcases collections of wedding and engagement jewellery and features handcrafted rings and tiaras, which can be created in silver, gold or platinum and set with stones of the wearer’s choice.
The gallery stages several exhibitions each year, some supported by Arts Council England and the Crafts Council in recognition of the important role they play in showcasing British and international talent in Yorkshire and the UK.
Of course, it’s a buying gallery, and it offers OwnArt, an interest-free loan scheme set up by Arts Council England which help customers buy contemporary art/jewellery and pay for it over 10 months.
We’ll have more on the Saltaire Festival next week.
*The Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is open daily 10 – 5.30 Mon – Fri and 10 – 6 Weekends. See www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk and www.saltsmill.org.uk
For more details about the Saltaire Festival please see: https://saltairefestival.co.uk/