In 1991 the British Council acquired jewellery for its craft collection to form the circulating exhibition ‘All that glisters…New Jewellery in Britain’. The collection is comprised of work mainly in non precious materials from leading makers such as Mike Abbott, Jane Adam, Anne Finlay, Peter Niczewski, Annie Sherburne, Louise Slater, Karina Thompson and Clara Vichi. The exhibition was both elegant and discriminating and presented 90 pieces selected by Muriel Wilson, Curator of the Craft Collection from 1979-1984. The British Council subsequently and generously donated the collection to the Crafts Study Centre (2006), where it is used mainly as a resource for University jewellery students. The original exhibition toured from 1992 and the work was shown in Bahrain, India, Malaysia and Thailand, and other countries.
This small display is timed to coincide with a Jewellery conference at UCA convened by Rebecca Skeels and is presented in the cabinet on the second floor of the Crafts Study Centre.