Terrace Rooms, South Wing
28 March – 24 June 2012
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
As one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, Wendy Ramshaw is renowned for her jewellery and distinctive, large scale public art. This major exhibition will exhibit key pieces spanning the past fifty years of her acclaimed career from her early fashionable and ephemeral jewellery in paper and plastic, through impressive, geometric jewels in precious metals, stone, glass and ceramic, to a series of images and maquettes representing her outstanding output of public art commissions including the latest Hyde Park Gates.
The centrepiece of the exhibition will be ‘Room of Dreams’, a magical environment which is now recognised as an important milestone in the development of contemporary applied art. This part of the exhibition will aim to lift the viewer from seeing jewellery purely as precious objects and transforming them into vehicles for storytelling and imagination, drawing inspiration from stories such as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’ The final section of the exhibition will be a ‘Room of Memories’ reflecting on the artist’s past with drawings, photographs and inspirational illustrations.
A fully illustrated book with contributions from writers including poet Tobias Hill, Judy Rudoe, Curator, British Museum, Lady Marina Vaizey, art critic and Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Jewellery historian and lecturer, will be published alongside the exhibition.
Be still my beating heart! Ever since studying her jewellery and larger commissioned works in Foundation Year, I have always had a secret crush on all things Wendy Ramshaw. Perhaps in the same way that people flock to Kath Kidston, I get gooey about ring stacks and the gate on display in the V&A- before now my only point of real-life reference.
If only I’d known before today! Ah well, at least the display is open until 24th June…