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IRL/URL: MA Jewellery & Metal 2020 Graduate Show

16 July 2021 to 29 July 2021 | 12–6pm Wed–Fri, Private View: 15 July

Gallery S O, 92 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RL

The MA Jewellery & Metal programme asks you to reconfigure your perceptions, to not adjust your set and to dive head first into the new visual realms created by our 2020 graduates in their joint exhibition and publication: IRL/URL and URL/IRL. 

The IRL / URL exhibition and publication harks back to the year 2020BC* before the reign of Zoom, Houseparty and TikTok, in a time free of mandatory face masks and social distancing.

Last Summer, for the first time in its history, the RCA’s renowned MA Jewellery and Metal graduate show went virtual. Covid-19 and the lockdown in March presented what felt, at the time, like insurmountable challenges: The soldering hearth torches were extinguished the hammer room fell silent, enamelling kilns were left to cool and student work lay abandoned and unfinished in bench skins. The inevitable frustrations that arose quickly turned to resilience as the class of 2020 devised new modes of expression in a ‘virtual’ world. Our graduates, dispersed across the world, have continued to innovate and experiment, subvert and analyse, contextualise and materialise physical works for this unique presentation and exhibition at Gallery SO in London. The exhibition will demonstrate the power of material thinking and making and its importance in enriching our lives in imaginative and meaningful ways. Exhibited works of jewellery and object will delve into diverse and wide-ranging topics including socio-political commentaries, archaeological and anthropological methods, identity, memory and spirituality alongside works which explore the wide-ranging possibilities of material and materiality’s.

*Before Covid

Book for the Private View, 15 July.

URL/IRL – Publication

To coincide with the exhibition, and through a joint collaboration with Plan B Studio (whose aims are to decolonise and diversify graphic design - RCA graduates 2020), the exhibition will serve as the launch for a publication of image and text by the group, documenting their individual narratives and stories and offering poetic visions and interpretations of our contemporary world and the human condition.

IRL/URL Poster
IRL/URL Poster