Jack Cunningham

Born: 1953
Place of Birth: Glasgow

Jack Cunningham trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and was head of silversmithing and jewellery at Glasgow School of Art; he was then Head of the School of Jewelley at Birmingham City University. He is a contemporary studio jeweller whose particular interest is narrative jewellery, being that which tells a story or makes a statement through visual imagery.

'I am motivated by the construct of our relationship with family, place, of recollection and memory, life and death. I am also interested in the dialogue that is consequently established between the maker – the originator of the artefacts statement, the wearer – the vehicle by which the work is seen, and the viewer – the audience who thereafter engages with the work.'
Public collections include: National Museums of Scotland, Musee des Arts Decoratif in Montreal.

He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and was a shortlisted finalist for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2000.


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