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Rising Stars 2021

13 March to 22 April 2021

Rising Stars 2021

Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. It is also an exciting collector opportunity for those wishing to support and collect work by future stars.

The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing and how to gain and manage new connections, and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. The 2021 focus will be on supporting new makers in the post COVID-19 market place.

Following an open call, 20 makers of exceptional talent were selected from nearly 100 applicants. They are Deborah Beck, Alice Burnhope, Alessandra Centorbi, Hari Gordon, Jo Harrison-Hall, Katie Iacovou, Qiang Li, Janet Lines, Chloe McCarrick, Jayden Newman, Mark Newman, Marged Owain, Porter + Trundle, Laura Quinn, Irene Roca Moracia, Bronte Simpson-Little, Sydney Alts, Paul Wheeler, Jean White and Jessie White.

The makers were selected by a panel of judges; Dan Goode (Making Goode), Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts, Textiles) and Debra Allman (UCA, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass).

One of the makers will be presented a professional development award of £500 and a solo exhibition at New Ashgate in 2022.

Rising Stars 2021 is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.

Buy the catalogue at: catalogue

Niamh Duddy, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2020: Niamh Duddy
Mitch Pilkington, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2019: Mitch Pilkington


Jo Harrison-Hall

Ring - Bubble (Available to commission)

Hand carved quartz & brass

Ref: 108520

3.3 x 4.2 x 3.2 cms

Not For Sale

Jo Harrison-Hall

Jo considers jewellery to be the most intimate form of sculpture due to its close relationship to the body, encompassing adornment, tools and objects we momentarily interact with. Her core interest lies in how society and experience can shape the way we think and behave and her practice endeavours to ground abstract thoughts and theories in tangible objects. Her recent work addresses our complex relationship with cleanliness and the fear of contamination. Working with materials commonly found in bathrooms, such as stone and metal she creates jewellery that explores the hygiene practices we adopt to protect ourselves from the invisible enemy we call germs. With the rise of COVID-19 now, more than ever we are all hyper aware of hygiene practices and the sensation of 'feeling clean' that can be felt physically and mentally. Jo's recent work considers the faith we place in cleanliness and hand washing rituals to keep us safe, through the creation of contemporary amulets inspired by the humble bar of soap.

Her work is in the CSM Museum and Study Collection and has been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Copeland Gallery, and Vitsoe during Munich Jewellery Week.

Jo is based in London.

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