Artist Residency : Rachael Colley

Rachael Colley will be joining us for a short residency this summer to explore scale and opportunity within her work.

Rachael is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and senior lecturer in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University. She gained an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College Art in 2010. Her current research brings together jewellery – created predominantly using food waste – and ambiguous artefacts for eating. She invites diners to wear these visceral jewellery pieces whilst consuming food with alternative dining tools.


Exhibiting work as a part of the Precious Collective, she will be joined by it’s founder Lynne Speake, to discuss working practices and share insights from her recent solo show Re:Mains Find out more and book your free ticket on our Events Page

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (1999) poses the question ‘How does food perform to the sensory modalities unique to it?’, stating that ‘A key to this question is in a series of dissociations.’ In creating works spanning jewellery, objects and sculpture Rachael aims to form those dissociations by highlighting themes around consumption, sustainability, etiquette and hygiene. Re:Mains presents a range of artefacts crafted from materials such as everyday food waste (fruit stones and vegetable skins) alongside repurposed cutlery to create playful reinterpretations of traditional artefacts. The juxtaposition of food waste with bodily flesh and the materials’ re-presentation as jewellery aims to question aspects surrounding body boundary and draw attention to our relationship with food and its consumption. Re:Mains investigates whether jewellery with a food-based element of content, when worn or used alongside food and ambiguous eating implements, has the potential to create a new form of bodily experience.


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