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Her Room of Dreams | Memorial Tribute

03 June 2021 - 26 June 2021

The Scottish Gallery celebrates the life and work of Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI (1939-2018) in a memorial exhibition this June. Exhibition highlights include examples from Picasso’s Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero’s Table (2004) and A Journey Through Glass (2007). These exhibitions were designed and curated to act as a theatrical stage set for her jewellery. Ramshaw pushed the boundaries of jewellery, sculpture, installation and design.

‘I enjoy making jewellery. I enjoy looking at jewellery and I enjoy wearing jewellery. I like to think that on any one day women in various parts of the world are putting on my jewellery and that it is giving them pleasure.’ – Wendy Ramshaw

Wendy Ramshaw

Meet the Artist

Born: 1939
Died: 2018

Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI, was an international champion of modern jewellery. Her signature ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw’s work also encompassed designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso’s Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero’s Table (2004) and a Journey Through Glass (2007). Exhibitions such as Room of Dreams, which was designed and created as a theatrical stage set for the jewellery, have become embedded not only in Ramshaw’s spectacular career but also illustrate the commitment by The Gallery to truly original ideas. Wendy Ramshaw passed away on the 9th December 2018. She was one of The Scottish Gallery’s favourite contemporary jewellers and will be missed.

Public Collections include:

Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; National Gallery of Western Australia, Canberra; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

Click the following links to view and purchase publications featuring Wendy Ramshaw’s work:

Wendy Ramshaw: The Scottish Gallery Collection

David Watkins and Wendy Ramshaw: A Life’s Partnership

Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams

The Scottish Gallery hosted a memorial exhibition Wendy Ramshaw | Her Room of Dreams in June 2021 following our online tribute in May 2020 – Wendy’s World. We created a special blog series that allows you to discover more about Wendy Ramshaw’s life and work in her words. You can read our blog series here.


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