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Simone ten Hompel
Jerwood Applied Arts Prize - Metal


Crafts Council, London
and touring

November 8 - 20, 2005
tour dates in 2006

work: twelve series of pieces
Award Winner

The Jerwood exhibition provided an opportunity for mapping out who I am as a practitioner in opposition to seven other selected makers. The key factors that I identified in this mapping were something I am known for, something that expands on what I am known for and something new.


Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal catalogue pages

The newness explored a status of being, a feeling, an empathy expressed through the object as a metal piece. The work explores the juxtaposition of the object in space, and its juxtaposition against a perceived way of reading or a position as in silversmithing or metalwork. Function versus non-function - purposeful or purposeless.

sketches / lists of works

One piece consists of a group of 12 hand-rolled and soldered beakers, varying in height between 60mm and 70mm. The beakers were inspired by gangs of teenagers that I used to spot hanging around London's street corners. I noticed that all these kids wanted to be individual, but they were only ever as individual as the cliché of their particular group allowed them to be. This accounts for the name, Possé. Individual differences are explored within the schema, framework or system of the group as a whole.

Slideshow: Simone ten Hompel - Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal

I was selected from a shortlist of eight artists by an independent panel of judges, who said: "The £30,000 prize celebrates aesthetic beauty, intellectual rigour, fine making and function - areas that no other art prize covers. ... We unanimously selected Simone as the winner for her pure innovation, her cohesive collection of work and for the way she embraces different metals in her work. Her work has a lyrical, communicative quality and is both intellectual and physically engaging. There is a longevity of value to Simone’s work - the more you look at it, the more you discover - and we felt she fulfilled every aspect of the prize."

Simone ten Hompel: Crafts Council Interview

Touring Exhibition:

September 8 - November 20, 2005: Crafts Council Gallery, London

February 24 - April 15, 2006: The Design Centre North, Barnsley, Yorkshire

May 6 - June 18, 2006: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon

July 1 - August 28, 2006: Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Please also refer to hardcopy items for this output.

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