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Selected Exhibitions

2021                 China International Metal Art Exhibition, Beijing 

2021                 The Brooch Unpinned: The Goldsmith's Company Collection 1961-2021,  London

2021                 Collect with Gallery Marzee, London

2020                 The International Biennial of Contemporary Metal Art METALLOphone, Lithuania

2020                 Introducing: Jonathan Boyd, Gallery Marzee, Netherlands 

2020                 Collect with Gallery SO, London

2020                 Beige, Group Show, Denmark and Germany

2019                 (Solo Show) Thoughts Between the Land and The Sea: Raising the Doggerland, Gallery                            SO, London

2016                 Untitled Exhibition, The work of Jonathan Boyd and Adam Henderson, Dovehill Studio                            Galleries

2016                 Connected, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Munich Jewellery Week

2015                 (Solo Show) TO SORN, Dovehill Studio Galleries

2015&2016        SOFA Chicago, Crafts Scotland, Navy Pier, Chicago

2016                 Chain, Gallery S.O Brick Lane, London

2015                 Britain 2015, Galerie Elsa Vanier, Paris

2015                 Digital Dialogues, New Walk Museum, Leicester

2014                 Collect with Tyger Glyn, Saatchi Gallery London

2013                 Subversive Design, Bright and Hove Museum, Brighton

2013                 Beijing International Metal Arts exhibition, Beijing

2013                 Eternal Platinum, Platinum Guild, Shanghai and multiple cities within China

2013                 Collect with Gallery Tyger Glynn, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011                 Collect with Gallery Marzee, Saatchi Gallery, London

2010                 (Solo Show) Jonathan Mathew Boyd, AU Gallery, Glasgow

2010-2017         Goldsmiths Fair, 2010, 2011, 2012, 201, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Selected Awards, Grants and Bursaries

2019                 Royal College of Art Research Development Grant

2017                 Best New Design, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s.

2013                 Silver Prize Beijing International Metalwork Exhibition

2012                 BKV Young Applied Artist of the year, Finalist. Munich

2010                 Best New Design, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s

2010                 Scottish Arts Council Development Grant

2009                 Galerie Marzee International Student Award

2009                 Theo Fennel Overall Excellence RCA Graduate Show

               2008 Individual winner, Royal Mint commemorative coin project

2008                 Sloane Square Award 2009

2007-09            Donald Dewar Award/Bursary for exceptional Scottish talent, Scottish Executive

2007                 New Designer of the Year, runner up, British Design Council


Public Collections

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

V&A Dundee, UK

Collection of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s, London, UK

Spencer Museum Kansas, USA

Nelson Atkins Museum, USA

Little Rock Museum, USA

Royal College of Art, UK

Scottish Parliament, UK

Glasgow School of Art, UK

Glasgow Life, UK

Selected Academic Presentations or Public Lectures

2021                 I Can't Even String a Sentance Together (redux), China Metal Art Symposium, Shanghai

2021                 Research lecture, Glasgow School of Art Public Symposium

2021                 I Can't Even String a Sentance Together, Society of Jewellery Historians, London

2020                 Lightning Talks Collect 2020, Somerset House, London

2019                 Urgency of the Arts, Urgency of the miniature, Royal College of Arts

2019                 Jewellery Manifest, Glasgow School of Art

2019                 Thoughts Between land and Sea: Raising the Doggerland, Gallery SO

2016                 Digital Art and Contemporary Jewellery, Tsinghua University

2016                 Digital Fabrication and Production Symposium (Keynote), Tsinghua University

2015                 Pushing Boundaries and Chasing Challenges Symposia (Lecture), Beijing

2014                 Handmade by Machines Symposium, Lighthouse Museum, Glasgow

2013                 Subversive Design (Public Lecture), Bright and Hove Museum, Brighton


2010                 PgCert P.h.D Supervision, Glasgow School of Art

2010                 PgCert, Learning Teaching, Glasgow School of Art

2009                 MA(RCA)Goldsmithing Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art

2006                 BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery (First Class), Glasgow School of Art.

Employment and Experience

2019 -20             Acting Head of Jewellery and Metal, Royal College of Art

2018                 Acting Head of Jewellery and Metal, Royal College of Art

2017                 Senior Tutor, Jewellery and Metal, Royal College of Art

2016                 Visiting Lecturer, Tsignhua University Beijing

2015                 Visiting Lecturer, Tsignhua University Beijing

2014                 Visiting Lecturer, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (workshop week)

2009-17            Lecturer, Silversmithing and Jewellery, Glasgow School of Art

2008                 Teaching exchange, Edinburgh College of Art


Publications by Jonathan Boyd

2019                 Jewellery Manifest; Jewellery, Objects, Language and Other Thoughts. By Jonathan Boyd

ISBN: 9781 7897222239

2019                 Thoughts Between the Land and Sea: Raising the Doggerland by Jonathan Boyd


Selected Featured Publications

2019                 Jewellery History Today Issue 36/

                        ISSN: 2042-8529

2018                 The Story of Scottish Design, Jewellery in Scotland Amanda Game, Thames and Hudson, V&A


2017                 Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Schiffer Publishing

                        ISBN: 978-0764354144

2017                 Crafts –JAN/FEB 2017 – Fleeting Moments Made Solid (Jonathan Boyd on Silver and the City) by Imogen Greehalgh

2017                 Bloomin’ Jewels by Corine Julius . CAA.

                        ISBN: 978-0-906420-30-


Recent Research Outputs

2019                 The connection between words, identity and place. (exhibition, towards REF 2020)) Thoughts Between the Land and The Sea: Raising the Doggerland, Gallery SO, London

2019                 Publication (towards REF 2020)
 Jewellery Manifest; Jewellery, Objects, Language and Other Thoughts.

2017                 Extending The Studio. Photogrammetry as a mobile jewellery tool. (towards REF 2020)
2014 Designing The Commonwealth Games Medal. Designing for weight reduction through design (towards REF 2020)

2014                 Complex and experimental sculptural casting systems. (GSA. Folio. Submitted REF 2014)

2014                 Exploring the relationships of language, text, body and object through the production of artefacts. (GSA. Folio. Submitted REF 2014)


Major Knowledge Exchange Projects

2014                 Design, Fabrication of the Commonwealth Games Medals, Pins, Packaging and Ceremony

I was appointed as the designer of the athlete’s medal, commemorative medal and packaging for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I proposed a series of designs that maximised design possibilities and reduced material weight. The weight reduction was a key component of my thinking allowing for the design of for a more complex object and aiding the CGF to use precious metal instead of base metals. This approach sought a maximum aesthetic effect creating a design which had multiple faces, ‘lattices and windows’ and which turned its back on the traditional imagery of the stamped medals. Using negative space and thinking of the medal as a 3-dimensional object, I designed created an object that was instantly recognisable and became synonymous with GCG2014. The project mattered to the medal, metal and jewellery communities however the objects were designed to be hand-made and crafted for maximum impact on the receiving athletes, the games and the wider sporting community. The ethos during design was that the athletes should feel they are receiving an object which carried genuine artistic and production rigour and care. The medal was featured heavily on the BBC coverage, the cover of the radio times and national and international newspapers. 


2010                 Arts and Business awards 2010 – A collaboration with GSA colleague Andrew Lamb

The Arts and Business awards were designed by Jonathan Boyd and Andrew Lamb from the Silversmithing and Jewellery dept. at Glasgow School of Art is a combination of hand-made and cutting-edge technology. Encompassing both skill and knowledge in the field of design. It also shows their interests in fine detail and pushing the technology available.

Research Supervisions

2015-2019         (Submitted, Tertiary Advisor) Allison Geremia, PhD, Transart

Maker, Wearer, Viewer, Object: the reflexive destabilisation of brooches in a contemporary jewellery making practice.

2017-2019         (Completed, Primary Supervisor) Julia Neil, MPhil, Royal College of Art

SAFETY PIN AS METAPHOR– From hard rebellion to equipment for a modern individualised youth identity.

2017-2019         (Final Year, Primary Supervisor), Emily Ohlund, PhD, Royal College of Art

Dyspraxia in the workshop: An Autoethnographic qualitative study of the impact of Dyspraxia on craft practices

2019                 (First Year, Second Supervisor) Amy Peace Buzzard, PhD, Royal College of Art

                        Inherited Values: cultural Heritage perceived through Familial Possessions

2019                 (First Year, Second Supervisor) Georgina Izzard, PhD

                        Tools, Skill and Identity: The Work of British Manufacturing Jewellers, 1945-1965

2019                 (First Year, Second Supervisor) Sonia Bernaciak, PhD

Narrative logics of hate speech: algorithms of fascist storytelling in the digital age.

Selected Major Exhibitions

2019                 (Solo Show) Thoughts Between the Land and The Sea: Raising the Doggerland, Gallery SO,     


In the exhibition Thoughts Between the Land and Sea: Raising the Doggerland, Jonathan reflects on how our cultural identities are inflected and manipulated by language (both textual and visual). In this exhibition, Jonathan uses the idea of a newly raised Doggerland (a now-submerged land bridge between Britain and Northern Europe) as a viewpoint from which to look back on the UK. From this vantage, the exhibition sees the former island in dismay, cultural identities polarised, leaders unelected, a public overloaded by information and mindsets blinkered. A global world, an isolated island. Visually, two significant metaphors are developed for exploring this concept: the sea as a reflection on the unknown, mortality and the future; the land as a metaphor for what is known and the heavyweight of contemporary material culture and language. Jonathan employs an array of materials and processes creating these works, with each new piece advancing the technological possibilities of the jewellery form. Hand fabrication and digital process go hand-in-hand reflecting hypermodern times. Works from this exhibition experiment with the use of digital image and film within jewellery, complex casting techniques and industrial and printing techniques.



2016                 Connected, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Munich Jewellery Week


CONNECTED was a touring group exhibition bringing together 8 international artists for the first time. The exhibition toured from Copenhagen to Munich Jewellery Week before its final exhibition at Glasgow School of Art. The exhibition brought together 8 artists from Denmark, Scotland, Holland and Iceland and the exhibition sought to find new connections between the exhibitors, people and place. Alongside jewellery academic Andrew Lamb I co-curated the Glasgow leg of the exhibition as well as developing a series of lectures that accompanied the exhibit.  I also directed a series of short films based on artist videos and texts.


2010-2017         Goldsmiths Fair


A regular exhibitor and applicant to the Goldsmiths Fair between 2010 & 2017. The fair is curated by a panel of experts and I was successful in application for 7 years in a row. Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognized internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver. Organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company, it is a celebration of the best established and emerging British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent – a hub of creativity, design innovation and outstanding craftsmanship, the event draws collectors and design lovers. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. The company's headquarters are at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London


Every year the Goldsmith’s Company holds a juried prize for new work, selecting just one artist. I have won this prize twice (2010 and 2017) and have been commended in 2015.


2016                 TO SORN, Dovehill Studio Galleries


TO SORN is the first project in which Jonathan Boyd used jewellery as an art form exploring Glasgow culture and personal identity through a gonzo style immersion in an experience. Using film and worn object TO SORN uses walking as contemplative tool for understanding changes in landscape and in mentality. From this a film and 12 works of jewellery were made. The project included innovations and an original setting/narrative for jewellery creation as well as technical innovations in the creation of wire drawings in objects. Metal is unforgiving and hard to manipulate I undertook three months of research to understand how to turn quick free sketches into solid metal.

Items from this body of work are now in the permanent collections of the Nelson Atkins Museum and Spencer Art Museum USA. The film was a collaboration with frequent collaborator Sorely Kleboe and Sound artist Charlie Knox. The project was well documented in an article by Imogen Greenhalgh in the JAN/FEB 2017 edition of CRAFTS magazine.



2013                 Subversive Design, Bright and Hove Museum, Brighton

From high fashion to high street consumerism, cheeky ceramics to controversial chairs, provocative lamps to ‘rubbish’ jewellery, this major exhibition subverted your preconceptions and challenges your relationship with objects you use on a daily basis. Subversive Design explored how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that provoke and amuse. For over 200 years craft and design have been used to engage and challenge political and social issues in both obvious and more hidden ways.

The exhibition includes work by a wide range of designers and makers, including my own practice alongside the work of Alexander McQueen, David Shrigley, Studio Job, Philippe Starck, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Campana Brothers, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery.

I was invited to give an artists and research lecture at the Museum to accompany the exhibition in 2013.

Exhibitions and C.V: Bio
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