Legends in the Making
A programme associated with Van Cleef & Arpels’ mobile school of jewellery arts provided a unique opportunity for a select group of talented Hongkongers, writes Kate Springer
Local artists’ work hung along the corridor of L’école, Van Cleef & Arpels School of Jewellery Arts at PMQ as part of this year’s Legacy programme ’École, Van Cleef & Arpels’ School of Jewellery Arts, touched down at PMQ this September for its third edition, delivering two weeks of hands-on workshops, technique demonstrations, jewellery art history classes, and the annual Legacy Programme. Launched in 2014, the programme brings together two inextricably linked practices: art and jewellery.
Eight local artists—each nominated by internationally respected artists or organisations—took part in a competition in September to photograph pieces from the Van Cleef & Arpels Museum Collection and gems from the Mineralogy Museum of the School of Mines at Paristech. The challenge? To create artwork around a common theme: “The Art of Gems—the Connection Between Raw and Refined.”
“We are always looking for ways in which to further evolution in the culture of jewellery,” says L’école president Marie Vallanetdelhom. “The creativity and daring approach this year’s Legacy Programme candidates brought to their photography of jewellery and gemstones is exciting and inspiring.”
The three winners—penny Tu, Dennis Wong and Aso So—will spend three days in Paris, joining L’ecole professors for a cultural exchange and experience. As this year’s Legacy Programme wraps up, we take a look at the diverse visions of each photographer.