HELEN CLARA HEMSLEY
Curatorial
PRACTICES
I curate projects/exhibitions within a range of craft and design disciplines, in collaboration with others or independently. I am particularly interested in sustainability and upcycling and the relationship between craft, design, contemporary art and storytelling.
GALLERY
UP AND
DOWN
Exhibition:
Knaekkethvid, Copenhagen, 11 June - 11 July 2021
Participants:
Josefine Rønsholt Smith (DK), Maja Røhl (DK), Gabriella Goldsmith (DK), Paul Adie (DE/SCT), Christopher Thompson Royds (UK), Timothy Information Limited (UK), Rachael Colley (UK), Juliette Même (FR), Therese Mørch (DK), and Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK).
GALLERY is a new exhibition window concept, presenting international contemporary jewellery. The first exhibition is a group show and will be held in the window of Josefine Rønsholt Smith’s studio and shop, KNAEKKETHVID, in central Copenhagen.
With a bright and diverse group of exhibitors, GALLERY opens up for a dynamic segment of the contemporary jewellery world, and has a relevant and inspiring approach, as well as displaying a range of materials, methods, and topics.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.
Curated in collaboration with Therese Mørch.
Photo 1: Eyes, 2018 by Gabriella Goldsmith. Photo by the artist.
Photo 2: Intimacy, 2015 by Josefine Rønsholt Smith. Photo by Aske Rif Torbensen.
GALLERY is a new exhibition window concept, presenting international contemporary jewellery. The first exhibition is a group show and will be held in the window of Josefine Rønsholt Smith’s studio and shop, KNAEKKETHVID, in central Copenhagen.
With a bright and diverse group of exhibitors, GALLERY opens up for a dynamic segment of the contemporary jewellery world, and has a relevant and inspiring approach, as well as displaying a range of materials, methods, and topics.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.
Curated in collaboration with Therese Mørch.
Photo 1: Eyes, 2018 by Gabriella Goldsmith. Photo by the artist.
Photo 2: Intimacy, 2015 by Josefine Rønsholt Smith. Photo by Aske Rif Torbensen.
Exhibition:
Knaekkethvid, Copenhagen, 11 June - 11 July 2021
Participants:
Josefine Rønsholt Smith (DK), Maja Røhl (DK), Gabriella Goldsmith (DK), Paul Adie (DE/SCT), Christopher Thompson Royds (UK), Timothy Information Limited (UK), Rachael Colley (UK), Juliette Même (FR), Therese Mørch (DK), and Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK).
UP AND DOWN
UP AND
DOWN
Exhibitions:
Planned for 2022
Participants:
Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK, Curator),
Kim Buck (DK),
Hongxia Wang (DK),
Mette Saabye (DK),
Janne K. Hansen (DK), Thorkild Thørgensen (ZA/DK), Katrine Borup (DK), Liz Loubser (ZA),
Eric Loubser (ZA),
Geraldine Fenn (ZA),
Gussie van der Merwe (ZA), Samantha Vincent (ZA), Thato Radebe
(ZA) and Carine Terreblanche (ZA).
Up and Down is a group exhibition featuring 7 South African and 7 Danish jewellery makers. The first leg of the exhibition will be held at Tinsel Gallery, Johannesburg, and the second leg at Goldfingers, Copenhagen (dates to be confirmed). The title refers to both geographic aspects - the Danes live up north and the South Africans live down south, and everyday aspects - the usual ups and downs of life. The works will depict cultural and geographic differences and similarities, as well as a diversity of materials and techniques. Plus the challenges, joys and milestones we all experience in our private and professional lives.
Up and Down is a group exhibition featuring 7 South African and 7 Danish jewellery makers. The first leg of the exhibition will be held at Tinsel Gallery, Johannesburg, and the second leg at Goldfingers, Copenhagen (dates to be confirmed). The title refers to both geographic aspects - the Danes live up north and the South Africans live down south, and everyday aspects - the usual ups and downs of life. The works will depict cultural and geographic differences and similarities, as well as a diversity of materials and techniques. Plus the challenges, joys and milestones we all experience in our private and professional lives.
Exhibitions:
Planned for 2022
Participants:
Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK, Curator), Kim Buck (DK), Hongxia Wang (DK), Mette Saabye (DK), Janne K. Hansen (DK), Thorkild Thørgensen (ZA/DK), Katrine Borup (DK), Liz Loubser (ZA), Eric Loubser (ZA), Geraldine Fenn (ZA), Gussie van der Merwe (ZA), Samantha Vincent (ZA), Thato Radebe (ZA), and Carine Terreblanche (ZA).
COME AGAIN 2.0
COME AGAIN
Exhibition:
Copenhagen Cable Park (Kraftværksvej 24, 2300 Copenhagen S) during 3daysofdesign, 16 - 18 September 2021
COME AGAIN 2.0 is an outdoor exhibition exploring the diversity within craft and design disciplines when it comes to upcycling, reuse and reappropriation of materials. Set in a location where nature and leisure meets industry and urbanity.
Curated in collaboration with Helle Vibeke Jensen.
COME AGAIN 2.0 is an outdoor exhibition exploring the diversity within craft and design disciplines when it comes to upcycling, reuse and reappropriation of materials. Set in a location where nature and leisure meets industry and urbanity.
Curated in collaboration with Helle Vibeke Jensen.
Exhibition:
Copenhagen Cable Park (Kraftværksvej 24, 2300 Copenhagen S) during 3daysofdesign, 16 - 18 September 2021
DLUG – DLOG
DLUG – DLOG
Exhibited:
Udstillingssted for Tekstil, Copenhagen, 2020
Participants:
Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK), Christina Bizzarro (DK), Helle Bjerrum (DK),
Laila Marie Costa (AUS),
Ni Daodao (CN/CH),
Janne K. Hansen (DK), Ailsa Morrant (UK),
Carla Nuis (NL), Camilla Prasch (DK/DE), Mette Saabye (DK), Barbara Schrobenhauser (DE), Annemiek Steenhuis (NL), and Kristina Villadsen (DK).
Curated in collaboration with Anne Fabricius Møller.
DLUG – DLOG is an exhibition focusing on the properties and possibilities of contemporary textile jewellery. The chosen works are diverse and vary in their aesthetical, technical and narrative approaches, thereby creating a ‘showcase’ of what is happening in the field and the potential within it. 
The exhibition runs concurrently with the exhibition GGUULLD – GGOOLLDD focusing on gold in textiles, both now and in the past.
Realised with the kind support of the Danish Arts Foundation.
Photos: Susanne Øhrgaard & James Bates Photography.
Curated in collaboration with Anne Fabricius Møller.
DLUG – DLOG is an exhibition focusing on the properties and possibilities of contemporary textile jewellery. The chosen works are diverse and vary in their aesthetical, technical and narrative approaches, thereby creating a ‘showcase’ of what is happening in the field and the potential within it. 
The exhibition runs concurrently with the exhibition GGUULLD – GGOOLLDD focusing on gold in textiles, both now and in the past.
Realised with the kind support of the Danish Arts Foundation.
Photos: Susanne Øhrgaard & James Bates Photography.
Exhibited:
Udstillingssted for Tekstil, Copenhagen, 2020
Participants:
Helen Clara Hemsley (ZA/DK), Christina Bizzarro (DK), Helle Bjerrum (DK), Laila Marie Costa (AUS), Ni Daodao (CN/CH),
Janne K. Hansen (DK), Ailsa Morrant (UK), Carla Nuis (NL), Camilla Prasch (DK/DE), Mette Saabye (DK), Barbara Schrobenhauser (DE), Annemiek Steenhuis (NL), and Kristina Villadsen (DK).
COME AGAIN
COME AGAIN
Exhibited:
Officinet – an exhibition space for Danish Crafts and Design, Copenhagen, 2020
Coverage:
Participants:
Ane Henriksen, Annelie Grimwade Olofsson, Manuel Canu, Rasmus Fenhann, Helle Vibeke Jensen, Tina Ratzer,
Katrine Borup, Janne K Hansen, Maria Sparre-Petersen, Pernille Falch Heinesen, Lotte Myrthue, Camilla Prasch, Martine Myrup, Maja Røhl, George William Bell, and Line Frank.
A multi-disciplinary craft and design group exhibition, curated by Else-Rikke Bruun and myself. The exhibition focuses on upcycling and sustainability and how Nordic designers and craftspeople work with these concepts in an innovative and aesthetic way.
With special thanks to Wednesday Architecture and Helle Vibeke Jensen.
Realised with the kind support of Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Bodil Pedersen Fonden, Statens Kunstfond and Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond.
A multi-disciplinary craft and design group exhibition, curated by Else-Rikke Bruun and myself. The exhibition focuses on upcycling and sustainability and how Nordic designers and craftspeople work with these concepts in an innovative and aesthetic way.
With special thanks to Wednesday Architecture and Helle Vibeke Jensen.
Realised with the kind support of Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Bodil Pedersen Fonden, Statens Kunstfond and Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond.
Exhibited:
Officinet – an exhibition space for Danish Crafts and Design, Copenhagen, 2020
Participants:
Ane Henriksen, Annelie Grimwade Olofsson, Manuel Canu, Rasmus Fenhann, Helle Vibeke Jensen, Tina Ratzer, Katrine Borup, Janne K Hansen, Maria Sparre-Petersen, Pernille Falch Heinesen, Lotte Myrthue, Camilla Prasch, Martine Myrup, Maja Røhl, George William Bell, and Line Frank.
Beige
Beige
Exhibited:
At Mette Saabye's,
Copenhagen, 2020
Coverage:
BEIGE is quite simply about the colour beige and incorporates an oasis of beige jewellery/body-related objects from a variety of jewellery makers and artists from all over the world. The exhibition was redesigned (due to Covid 19) to fit in the gallery window so it was accessible 24 hours a day.
Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation & Copenhagen Goldsmiths' Guild.
BEIGE is quite simply about the colour beige and incorporates an oasis of beige jewellery/body-related objects from a variety of jewellery makers and artists from all over the world. The exhibition was redesigned (due to Covid 19) to fit in the gallery window so it was accessible 24 hours a day.
Supported by: The National Arts Foundation & Copenhagen Goldsmiths' Guild.
Exhibited:
At Mette Saabye's,
Copenhagen, 2020