The Artists

Kirsten Haydon (NZ)

Kirsten Haydon is a Gold and Silversmith and has exhibited widely since 1998 including the significant solo exhibitions: Poppy’s Poppies 2000, in the drawer (2002-2004) and her later Antarctic series: Room with a View (2006), Ice Terrane (2009), Ice Records, Ice Mosaic (2012) and Ice Storeroom (2014). Receiving numerous grants and awards including a New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellowship, Thomas Gold Award, Creative New Zealand grant for travel to Schmuck in Munich, Germany and an Australia Council for the Arts, New Work grant. Kirsten Haydon was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1973. From 1993-1994 she studied jewellery design at Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, before moving to Melbourne to study at RMIT University in 1996. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gold and Silversmithing in 1999 followed by a Masters by research in 2002 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 2009 and now is a lecturer. Her work is collected in international public collections including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Ville de Cagnes, France, Antarctica New Zealand, Christchurch, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, The Dowse, Wellington and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Elizabeth Turrell (UK)

Elizabeth Turrell was a founding member of the British Society of Enamellers and exhibits nationally and internationally. Elizabeth is a leading enamel educator and has lectured and led workshops in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and India. In 2012 Elizabeth was the Cultural visitor to Indian Center of Cultural Relations, Jindal SW Foundation and Enamel. Her enamel work is collected in international and public museums including Musée de l’Eveché, Limoges, France, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, City of Freeland Museum, Czech Republic, British Museum, London and the Goldsmith and Enamel Museum, Lithuania. In 2007 Elizabeth was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. She is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and West Dean College in West Sussex. Curator of  a section in Back from the Front a World War I 100 Exhibition in the United Kingdom at the Royal West Academy Bristol in 2014. Elizabeth Turrell trained at the Central School of Art & Design, London, and received an Arts & Humanities Research Council Fellowship in Vitreous Enamel Research at the University of the West of England in 2000, later becoming a Senior Research Fellow establishing the Enamel Research Studio (2003-2011).

Neal Haslem (AUST)

Neal is Program Manager of the Communication Design degree at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Masters in 2007 (The practice and the community: a proposition for the possible contribution of communication design to public space) and his Doctorate in 2011 (Communication design and the other: investigating the intersubjective in practice). Neal Haslem is a member of the community arts group stART Community Art, working in 2012 with members of Tetoamatoa, a disabled peoples organisation from the Kiribati Islands in a series of collaborative, participatory workshops funded through AusAid. In 2010 Neal participated in the Australia Council for the Arts funded project ‘Pieces, Suicide the Aftermath’, collaboratively producing exhibition work with suicide affected family members. Neal has worked extensively with industrial designer/public artist Mick Douglas on the projects; LiveHouse (2009), W-11 tram: an art of journeys’ (2006), Tramjatra: imagining Melbourne and Kolkata by tramways’ (2005), and ‘ride-on-dinner’ (2006-2009). In 2009 Neal was invited as a PIVA international visiting artist at Indiana University in North America.