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

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

Findings, December 06 review of Ten Years On

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FINDINGS - The Association for Contemporary Jewellery's quarterly newsletter.
December 2006

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery - Ten Years On
It seems astonishing that Kath Libbert has been showing and selling jewellery in Salts Mill, Saltaire, for ten years. The list of exhibitions is impressive, and we have been able to review many of the more important shows over the years. Notable among these have been 'Distinto/Distinct' (2002), a collaboration with Galeri Hipotesi in Barcelona, and 'Czech it Out' in 2004, which gave Kath a chance to show exciting work from the Czech Republic, home of her mother's family. Also in 2004, 'Material Girl' showed artists exploring textiles in jewellery. 'Follow Me' traced the progress of seven makers whose work Kath had first shown when they graduated, an opportunity eagerly taken up. There have been plenty more shows in recent years, alongside an ever-renewed stock of work by gallery artists and newcomers. Kath is particularly keen to encourage recent graduates and is always to be seen at New Designers, where she has picked out fresh talents each year. Early on Kath combined managing the gallery with her day job as a psychologist with the Community Mental Health Service Trust in Leeds, but the growing success of the gallery - and the hard work involved - gradually meant that Salts Mill absorbed all her energies. Ten Years On - the Mill in Miniature is a celebration of the past decade, and takes the form of a juried competition in which gallery artists have been invited to make a piece evocative of the Mill itself and its history between opening in 1853 and its closure as a working mill in 1985. Salts Mill is a magnificent Victorian textile mill built by Sir Titus Salt in the centre of Saltaire, the model village he built to house his workforce. It was awarded World Heritage status in 2001, after its rescue and restoration by the late Jonathan Silver. Now a popular 'destination', it houses a large collection of work by local lad David Hockney, a restaurant and a wide range of clothing and household retail outlets. The jewellery gallery fits well into this mixture, and the Mill draws crowds particularly at weekends. It will be fascinating to see how the makers respond to this rich history, and there has been an encouraging response so far. We shall be reviewing the exhibition in our March issue.

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