FERROcity | A contemporary exhibition of iron in the city


School of Jewellery, Birmingham



Open to the Public



Ferrocity: A contemporary exhibition of iron in the city

Museum Reich der Kristalle, Munich, Germany & School of Jewellery, Birmingham

21st February - 17th March 2019 & 1st - 18th April 2019

Jewellery and objects by twenty-two contemporary makers displayed alongside gemmological samples and photography that explores the interpretation and influence of Iron as catalyst, material and fundamental element of life. The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Turrell and Stephen Bottomley from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.

The selection of contemporary metalwork and jewellery, ranging from steel vessels to recycled iron nail jewellery, will present a range of approaches to this fascinating but familiar material and includes work by ten practicing artists and academic staff from Birmingham’s eminent School of Jewellery and ten invited international artists, as well as work by both curators. The photography has been taken on microscopes and commissioned from the school’s own Gemmology department and captures the transformative effect iron has on the colouration of gemstones.

“Iron is a material that has become synonymous with human life and civilisation and as such has become embedded in both our language and understanding of the world”


  • School of Jewellery:
  • Dauvit Alexander
  • Jivan Astfalck
  • Jeremy Hobbins
  • Bridie Lander
  • Anna Lorenz
  • Sarah O’Hana
  • Drew Markou
  • Toni Mayner
  • Jo Pond
  • Rebecca Steiner

Invited artists

  • Marianne Anderson
  • Tim Carson
  • Rachael Colley
  • Bettina Dittlmann
  • Christine Graf
  • Kirsten Haydon
  • Michael Jank
  • Joohee Han
  • Simone Nolden
  • Jo Pudelko


  • Stephen Bottomley
  • Elizabeth Turrell

Exhibition Run

The show opens at the Museum Reich der Kristalle, (Mineralogical State Collection Munich, SNSB) and runs in tandem with the city’s international jewellery fair ‘Inhorgenta’ in February and the ‘International Jewellery Week’ and ‘Schmuck’ exhibition in March 2019. The show then travels to the Vittoria Street Gallery, part of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK.


Thursday 21st February to Sunday 17th March 2019
Museum Reich der Kristalle, Mineralogische Staatssammlung München, Theresienstraße 41, 80333 München, Germany


Tuesday to Sunday 1- 5pm (Closed Mondays)

Private View
• Thursday 21st February 2019 18.00 - 21.00 hrs
• Tuesday 12th March 2019 18.00 - 21.00 hrs

Meet the Artists
• Wednesday 13th March 2019 18.00 - 21.00 hrs

Entrance (adults) 4 euro, Students 2 Euro

Free entrance on PV and Meet the artist evenings


1st April to 18th April 2019

School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham

Opening talks and event: Wednesday 10th April 2019, 18.00- 20.00