Sat 7th Nov
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Fresh from her recent trip to Ballyshannon for #DELVE2015 and a recent visit Boris Bally in Rhode Island, we are delighted to welcome jewellery designer, Seliena Coyle to #allingham2015.
Born in Northern Ireland, she studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee before joining the intensive Jewellery Design & Production Skills course facilitated by the Crafts Council of Ireland. She went on to complete an MFA at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana. Establishing a workshop and successful practice in her hometown of Derry in 2000 gave her the opportunity to take part in multiple high profile trade, retail, national and international exhibitions.
She is also an educator, teaching 3D Design at the Fundamental Studio at Indiana University (whilst completing her MFA) and on returning to Ireland she taught within the Fine and Applied Arts Dept at Ulster. She then took up a teaching position in the US within the Metals & Jewellery Department of Savannah College of Art & Design. In 2006 she returned to Ireland to take up the position of Head of Metals at NCAD. Since her return she has continued to develop her practice in addition to curating and project managing several major contemporary craft projects including; CultureCraft - Culture in the Making and CultureCraft - REclaim/REpurpose.
Throughout her career she has received many awards for both her work and teaching including; a Presidential Fellowship from SCAD, the Niche Arts Educator of the Year Award, First Place RDS Craft Awards (Jewellery and Alternative Materials) and most recently she was nominated for the Spot and Invest Bursary which is enabling a return full-time to her practice in 2015.