Gift18 to launch in gallery

Jewellery by Lucy Spink

If you are looking for some unusual, unique, hand-crafted gifts to put under the Christmas tree then the new exhibition coming to Bradford’s Dye House Gallery is worth a visit.

Gift18 opens on Wednesday, November 21 in the gallery at Bradford College, which is open to the public.

The exhibition brings together the work of local artists, crafters and designers, many of whom are former students of Bradford School of Art.

Jewellery, paintings, prints, textiles and glassware are among the artworks that will be on display – and available to buy.

Among the exhibitors is Bradford College graduate Sally Lees who was recently commissioned by the Houses of Parliament to create a suffragette jewellery collection to mark 100 years of some women being given the right to vote.

Sally, who completed an art and design degree at the college in 1993 then set up her business in the city, was asked to produce her ‘New Dawn’ suffragette jewellery for the Vote 100 exhibition at Westminster Hall. It has also been on show in Bradford’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

Earrings by Sally Lees

The handmade earrings, necklaces and brooches feature disks designed to reflect Parliamentary scrolls onto which Acts of Parliament are written – including the 1918 Representation of the People Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. The jewellery uses colours that were used by the women’s suffrage movement. The suffrage colours were said to represent the core values of the movement with purple standing for dignity and loyalty, white for purity and green for hope.

Also in the Gift18 show will be jewellery and printmaking from Caro Blount-Shah, paintings by Saner Ekinci, glass art by Sandra Kerr and there will be textiles by Funky Vera.

Artist Saner Ekinci will have work in the show

Former Bradford School of Art lecturer Brian Hindmarch will be displaying print and graphics work as will June Russell who gained a distinction in MA Printmaking at Bradford College in 2000.

Animal portrait artist Shaun Vickers will have original prints and cards available. Halifax-based textile artist and designer Vivenne Bradley will also be showing, as will jewellery designers Hendrike Barz-Meltzer, Margaret Naylor, Lucy Spink, Jocelyn Tallis and Glenys Phillips.

Animal artist Shaun Vickers will be exhibiting in Gift18 

Entry to the Dye House Gallery is free and it is open weekdays until 4pm. It can be found in the Lister Building on Carlton Street in Bradford city centre. Gift18 opens on Wednesday, November 21 and runs until Tuesday, December 18. 

If you plan on visiting this exhibition on Saturday 8 December, why not also visit our Higher Education Open Event & University Centre launch?