Manuel Vilhena, "Minhokia", 2018, Wood, gold, cotton


Manuel Vilhena (PT)

June 22–26, 10am–17pm

(Saturday 14pm–17pm)


The Masterclasses will be in English with translation into Portuguese

"Jewellery in Action" is a five day workshop that promotes an active stand in society with one's work. To accomplish this, we investigate into participants'; ideas and intentions and re-frame them through the language of contemporary jewellery to bring the artist's work to the public sphere in an actively politically meaningful way. It presents an opportunity to investigate what we really want to express and why and what for. In the process, it sheds light into allegiances, values and commitments to the world at large.
Participants will be engaged in group discussions, self-reflective exercises, hands-on making, and will refine their aesthetics and conceptual congruence trough experimentation and information exchange with other participants.


MANUEL VILHENA craftsman, teacher, contemporary jeweler, adult educator, chef and bicycle mechanic - not necessarily in that order, he was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in the late 60s and started making jewellery in his teens, learning from master artisans in Brazil. He completed his training as a classical goldsmith in Portugal in 1989 and worked for many years in Italy in a small family workshop. He studied Contemporary Jewelery in Cologne, Germany, with Prof. Skubic, and at the Royal College of Art, London, with Prof. Watkins, where he completed his master's degree in 1998. Since graduating, he has taught extensively at educational institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, London; Hiko Mizuno College, Tokyo; Silpakorn University, Bangkok; AR.CO., Lisbon, Alpe-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Shenkar College, Tel-Aviv and Alchimia Jewellery School, Florence, where he was senior lecturer for six years. He was a workshop leader at the Salzburg Summer Academy for two years and a professor at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo for four years, working there for a total of eight years. His work is exhibited all over the world and can be seen in several books on Contemporary Jewellery and in some permanent public collections, including those of the Danner Rotunde, Munich, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the MUDE Design Museum, Lisbon, the Swiss National Museum, among some others. Since 2015, Manuel has dedicated himself mainly to educational projects and in 2019 completed his Master's in Adult Education. He works all over the world, aiming to develop people's autonomy, critical thinking, social praxis and creative potential. He is an entertaining speaker and much of what he says is true.


RTP: Jewelry Why Do I Want You?