10th November - 28th January 2007
'Ten Years On'

A Special exhibition and competition to celebrate
a decade of Kath Libbert Jewellery at Salts Mill.

Absolute Leeds, Nov 2006 review of Ten Years On

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An ambitious exhibition bringing together new collections from 35 leading jewellers and metalsmiths from the UK, Europe and beyond, '10 Years On', is a celebration to mark the successful first decade of Kath Libbert Jewellery at Salts Mill, Saltaire.
The exhibition is combined with a competition based on the theme of 'The Mill in Miniature'; each designer has been invited to create a special piece of work based on their response to Salts Mill, which will form the centrepiece of their collection.
Ten years ago, Kath Libbert moved her fledgling jewellery business from a table-top stall in Leeds' Corn Exchange to Salts Mill and she has since firmly established KLJ as the region's only gallery specialising solely in contemporary jewellery, silver and metalsmithing. To celebrate this achievement - and her strong links with the Mill - Kath has invited 30 designers whose work has been exhibited at the Gallery, along with five promising new talents, to participate in '10 Years On'. The competition pieces all take their inspiration from the history of Salts Mill ¬whether it be the architecture, the workers, the textiles produced there or Titus Salt himself. This challenge has produced a fascinating range of responses, translated by the designers through both traditional and innovative techniques and using a diverse mix of materials.
The winner will be awarded a prize of £500 by an expert panel of judges, including Professor Dorothy Hogg, head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art; Muriel Wilson, of the Association of Contemporary Jewellery; Simon Palmer, painter and winner of the Royal Academy 2006 Windsor Newton Turner Award; and Jennifer Hallam, from the Arts Council England. A further prize will be awarded by a public vote with visitors to the Gallery being invited to choose their favourite piece. The winner of the 'popular' vote will receive a special commission from the Silver family, the current owners of Salts Mill. All of the competition pieces are for sale, creating an opportunity to own a unique piece of history - and maybe an antique of the future!
Kath said: "Many of our designers have visited Salts and have a great affection for it, so part of my thinking behind the competition was to give them the opportunity not only to be involved in celebrating our 10 years here, but also to reflect their impressions of the mill. We have received some really imaginative entries and I can't wait to see the final collection all together."

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
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