The first Contemporary Jewellery Forum in Africa kicks off at UJ

The first Contemporary Jewellery Forum in Africa kicks off at UJ


Publishing Date: 9/28/2017 11:00 AM

The Jewellery Design and Manufacture department within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will host the first Contemporary Jewellery Forum (CJF) seminar on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, to provide space for reflective dialogue and the development of discourse around the unique South African variant of art or contemporary jewellery design.

"The aim of the seminar is to create an online repository that can be used as a basis for much needed academic and commercial research," says Ms Farieda Nazier, Head of Department: Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture.

This annual forum will engage various key stakeholders in a one-day long conversation on pertinent themes related to the field. The forum performs an educational function providing nuanced learning opportunities to students, graduates and members of industry.

"The online platform will allow for ongoing debate and commentary around relevant issues in the field. Another aim is to establish the current status of this specialised field, in order to guide the decisions of the educational project and the industry," added Ms Farieda.

Ms Nazier says the forum has the potential to drive the development of a Jewellery design hub and community within Johannesburg, "and subsequently a dynamic creative culture within the department."

Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends will participate as a keynote speaker. 

Live streaming will be viewable here

FADA offers a Diploma and BTech in Jewellery Design and Manufacture, as well as a BA Hons and Masters in Design. The department will be launching their new vision which is focused on creative Jewellery Design Entrepreneurship. 

Stand a chance to win a designer jewellery piece manufactured by award winning UJ alumnus Argyris Papagiourgiou, owner of Old School Engraving by answering the following question: Which university is hosting the first ever Contemporary Jewellery Forum in Africa?

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