Art. 35
17 March - 7 April 2022

Opening: March 17, 2022: at. 16 - 19 // Exhibition: March 18 to April 7, 2022

Up and Down is a contemporary jewellery project, comprising two exhibitions, one in Copenhagen, Denmark and one in Johannesburg, South Africa, featuring seven jewellery makers from Denmark and seven from South Africa.


The participants are:

Katrine Borup (DK), Kim Buck (DK), Geraldine Fenn (ZA), Janne K. Hansen (DK), Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK), Eric Loubser (ZA), Liz Loubser (ZA), Gussie van der Merwe, Thato Radebe (ZA), Carine Terreblanche (ZA), Thorkild Thørgensen (ZA/DK), Mette Saabye (DK), Samantha Vincent (ZA), Hongxia Wang (DK).


The theme ‘Up and Down’ refers to both geographic aspects - the Danes live up north and the South Africans live down south, and everyday aspects - the usual ups and downs of life. The works depict cultural and geographic differences and similarities, as well as a diversity of materials and techniques. Plus the challenges, joys and milestones we all experience in our private and professional lives.
This project brings makers from two very different cultures together, and the result is a wide and varied array of objects, all rooted in jewellery making and with both personal and universal narratives. ‘Up and Down’ was conceived in February 2020 so the gestation period has been unusually long. Curator, Helen Clara Hemsley "I believe that the concept and message of this project is even more relevant, because of the years of Corona that have affected us all. There is an even greater desire to unite across the vast kilometres and celebrate unity, creativity and diversity."


The South African part of the project will be held at Tinsel Gallery, Johannesburg: 11 August to 1 September 2022.


Up and Down is curated by Helen Clara Hemsley.

Thank you to The Danish Arts Foundation and Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond for their kind support.