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Nicola Turnbull is a jeweller, artist and silversmith. She established her workshop in 2009 in her home town of Edinburgh. She graduated from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in Three Dimensional Design 2007 and went on to complete a year's study at Bishopsland Postgraduate Training Course for Silversmiths and Jewellers, Reading in 2009.  

Exhibition highlights include Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017, Slight of Hand  exhibition at the Scottish Gallery 2015, Selected at the Dovecot and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 2009.


cirriculum vitae

achievements and awards

Invited maker, Gather Residency at St.Margaret's House, art and design developmental residency (February)
Inches Carr Award for Silversmiths, Granted by Visual Arts Scotland

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Granted the Edinburgh Craft Makers award to develop new work 
Completion of five complex commissions most notably Mhairi Gate's intricate aquamarine engagement ring

I took part in Craft Scotland's 'Meet Your Maker' events in Inverness and Edinburgh, engaging the public with a jewellery project based on sound waves
Inches Carr Award for Silversmiths, Granted by Visual Arts Scotland (February)

British Silver Week, Cookson's Bursary winner
Development and creation of Resonate Exhibition at Coburg Gallery Edinburgh

Awarded The Collect Development Bursary by Craft Scotland

I lead a project in Nepal for the charity Chora Chora where I started a jewellery enterprise for a group of marginalised young women, three of whom are deaf and one who has been rescued from the circus. I taught jewellery skills as well as setting up the workshop for a total of four months. 
Candle Holder purchased into the collection of Alastair Salvesen (February) 

Exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. On show at the Contemporary Silver: 30 Years of Bishopsland exhibition was the candle holder design, Ambit Motion, and a neckpiece entitled Hidden Rhythms. (July)
Awarded the Silversmithing Bullion Grant by the Goldsmiths Company to create innovative new work 
Winner of the Silver 2D CAD Design section of the Craftsmanship and Design Awards (March) 

selected exhibition history 


OOTB Abbymount Studios open day 

Summerhall Christmas Market 
St.Margarets House Open Doors weekend
Craft Scotland Summer Show, White Stuff, Edinburgh

Fly, Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (December)
Hecla Gallery at Cockenzie House, Cockenzie
Converge, Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (January) 

Craft Scotland Summer Show, White Stuff
Sleight of Hand, ACJ, The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas St, Edinburgh
Open Studios St.Margarets House (May)

Alchemia Studio Gallery, Thistle Street, Edinburgh

Selected, Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh (November)
Chromatic, ACJ Edinburgh at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (November)
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness (September)
Fruitmarket Gallery, Design Market, Edinburgh (July) 
Ardent Form -A Resonate Collective Exhibition. McNaughtan’s Bookshop, Edinburgh (May)
Stainless Exhibition, Association of Contemporary Jewellery Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield (May)
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

Resonate Collective at Coburg Gallery in Edinburgh
Excentric:City ACJ Edinburgh, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh
Rising Stars, British Silver Week, Pangonlion London (May)
Brazen Studios,  58  Albion Street, Merchant City,Glasgow,G1 1LH (April)

Pop up Precious, The ACJ Edinburgh, At the Framed Gallery (November)
Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-Apon-Tyne (November)
Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (November)
Life’s A Bench, StudioK162, Schmuck International Jewellery Festival, Munich, Germany (March)
The British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate (April)

Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal (November)
76th Annual Exhibition of the Aberdeen Artists Society, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen (May)
Flux at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (November 2009 to February)
Contemporary Making from Bishopsland at Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios (February)

Contemporary Silver; 30 years of Bishopsland At the Victoria and Albert Museum London, (July to January 2010)
Art in Action, Waterperry House, Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire (July)
The Henley Festival, Henley, South Oxfordshire (June)

Arty Gallery, Oslo, Norway (April)

teaching posts

Jewellery Workshop Leader at Garvald Edinburgh's Mayfield House for adults with learning difficulties. I teach metalwork, woodwork, and beading which enables the members to create art work and jewellery for sale. In 2015 we were granted the Creative Scotland Open Project Fund, to install equipment and develop new techniques.

2016  Jewellery with Local Resources, Three day Workshop at the New Lanark Conference 2016 - Shaping Our World Through Self Expression, Camphill and Garvald Edinburgh
2014  Jewellery in Wood and Wool, Three day Workshop at the New Lanark Conference 2014 - Communities of the Future, Camphill and Garvald Edinburgh
2012 to 2014  Edinburgh City Council Adult Education Tutor, Jewellery evening classes
2012 Garvald Edinburgh-  Introduction to Jewellery, Workshop for adults with learning difficulties. (November)
2010 Esther Benjamins Trust, Kathmandu, Nepal -  Jewellery Tutor and project co-ordinator.


2016   Enamelling Master class with Ruth Ball, Bespoke 925, The Old Vicarage, Tittensor, Staffordshire
2015   Advanced Stone Setting Weekend Course, Vanilla Ink Studios, Dundee
2014   Advanced Stone Setting, Three day Master class,  West Dean College, Sussex
2008 to 2009  Bishopsland Postgraduate Jewellery and Silversmithing Training Course, South Oxfordshire, England                
2009  ‘Getting Started’ Business Training course at the Goldsmiths Company, London, England                     
2003 to 2007  Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, BA Honours in Three Dimensional Design; First                                  
2006  Limburg Provincial Hogschool, Hasselt, Belgium Erasmus exchange specialising in silversmithing and jewellery techniques.  


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