In this episode, we speak to Sarah Rothwell, the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, about curating jewellery, her work and what led her there. She holds responsibility for the collections of British, European and other ‘Western’ glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery and industrial design circa 1945-present.
Her research areas are within Nordic and British Modernist Jewellery Design; Contemporary Craft with a focus on Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery; 20th Century European Art & Design; and the integration and interpretation of historical collections by working artists and makers.
She is one of six guest curators for the European Glass Context 2021 and has curated the NMS exhibitions Modernist Jewellery and Art of Glass developed in collaboration with the National Centre for Craft & Design; curated the Scottish content for the ACMI touring exhibition Games Masters; co-curating the exhibition Nordic Modernist Design; and assisting on Express Yourself.
In addition, she was one of five successful recipients in 2015 to be awarded the Art Funds New Collecting Award, with a project focusing on collecting, researching and disseminating Northern Modernist Jewellery with a particular emphasis on work designed and manufactured in Britain and Northern Europe.