A Design Evolution: Jewellery and Metalwork 1850-1940
Thu 1st Jul 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
This is a Zoom Lecture
An overview of the work of this dynamic period of design, featuring key historicist, neo-Gothic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modern jewellery and metalwork, beautifully-illustrated with works from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection.
Lecture: Helen Ritchie MA(Cantab) Curator, Modern Applied Arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Helen Ritchie is responsible for researching, interpreting and curating the modern Applied Arts collections. She was the sole curator of the exhibition Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from The Fitzwilliam Museum (2018) and author of the accompanying catalogue, and was the organising curator of exhibitions, Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, in partnership with Yale Center for British Art, and Flux: Parian Ware at The Fitzwilliam Museum, in partnership with artist Matt Smith (both 2018). She has continued to work with contemporary artists, curating a display with Jennifer Lee and creating a short film with Elspeth Owen.
After studying at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and the University of the Arts London, Helen worked with a broad range of applied arts at the Royal Collection Trust, Christie’s, Harrogate Museums and the British Museum. Helen is a Trustee of the Society of Jewellery Historians and the North West Essex Collection Trust (on display at Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden), Hon. Secretary of the Decorative Arts Society (DAS) and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.