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Jacky Oliver

Please contact me if you would like to commission work, purchase an artwork or would like to discuss a project, residency or collaboration.
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Jacky's practice encompasses a range of metal techniques and processes, allowing her to create a diverse range of works, from small hand-held objects to large-scale architectural pieces, for exhibitions, commissions, and residencies. Teaching and leading workshops have also been key elements of her practice.

Approaching each project in a process-led manner, Jacky begins with thorough research and a thoughtful interpretation of the subject matter. She then selects the appropriate technique, materials, and scale to create a highly-crafted final outcome. Her work is often informed by archives, museums, and the local community, building up a multilayered sense of a place or event.

Jacky has undertaken residencies and projects in various institutions, including museums, botanic gardens, libraries, schools, colleges, and universities. She has also facilitated workshops in care homes, libraries, and with mixed ability and special needs groups. Her workshops vary in level and timescale from beginner to undergraduate.

Jacky's pieces are thought-provoking and well-considered, demonstrating her high technical skills. She enjoys bringing together a selection of research to create artifacts that stimulate viewers to consider and reflect on the piece on multiple levels. Each project is unique, and the final outcome is always determined by the journey of exploration. Jacky works in a reactive way, allowing ideas to be fluid until all avenues have been explored, using model-making and workshop development to aid the creative process.



1994-1998                 Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery M.A.(R.C.A)

1994-1998                 Royal College of Art, London.

1990-1994                 B.A. (Hons) 2:1 Jewellery Middlesex University  


Solo Exhibitions

2022                         Horse Power Somerset Rural Life Museum

2004                         Boundaries of the Body  20-21 Visual Arts Centre

2000                         Inside out -Body sculpture inspired by the human form Solo Show Aurum, London


Selected Exhibitions

2022                         Connecting Lines, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2022                         Our Journey Design Nation The Hub Sleaford

2021-2022                We are commoners by Craftspace Oriel Davies Gallery, Leicester Gallery

                                  De Montfort University, Make Southwest, The Civic Barnsley, The Hub Sleaford

2021                          Collect presented by Design Nation

2020                         Collect Open, Collect, Crafts Council, Somerset House, London

2018                          Collect presented by Vessel ,Collaboration - Oliver and Hawes, Saatchi Gallery, London

2017   ‘                      Gather-ing Craftspace, Somerset Art works and National Trust

and 2015                   Somerset Rural Life Museum and Stoke Sub Hamdon Tithe Barn

2002-2003               Designing Ourselves National Museum of Scotland          

2001-2002                Ikons of Identity National Touring exhibition

1994                          What is Jewellery Crafts Council, London

Residencies and Projects

2023                         Bunhill Artist in Residence, Islington Heritage

2023.                        Understanding Microsporidia commission University of Exeter, Living Systems Institute

2018                          Artist in Residence Making Peace, National Memorial Arboretum

2017                          Muse: Makers in Museums, Artist/ Workshop facilitator Teignmouth and Shaldon

                                  Museum, The Museum of Somerset, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Somerset Art Works

2017                          Crafting the Future of Thurrock Crafts Council

2014 and 2015         Artist in Residence and permanent sculptures University of Leicester Botanic Garden

2014                          D Day 70 Artist in Residence Poole Museum and Musée de la Libération, Cherbourg

2013 and                   Held in the Hand and Touch Tables Commission

2010                          Leicestershire Artworks Collection, Leicestershire Open Museum

2007-2008              Whitby Hospital Artist in Residence and commission Whitby Hospital and Whitby Community College,

2008                         Making Art Real Residency and commission, Scotstown School Aberdeen                                  

2007                         Westwood Key stone Artist in Residence and commission Westwood High School, Staffordshire

2004                         Arcadia Foyer commission Cunard Cruise Liner


2022-2023               Foundation Lecturer University of the Creative Arts Farnham

2018-Present            Foundation Tutor City and Guilds of London Art School

2000–2014              Design Crafts BA(Hons)Lecturer / Foundation Lecturer De Montfort University

2002-2015               Design Crafts BA, FDA and Foundation Lecturer Oxford and Cherwell Valley College

2008-2012               BA(Hons) Crafts External Examiner  University of Derby

2001-2004               Jewellery and Silversmithing BA Lecturer  Loughborough School of Art and Design

1999-2000               Foundation Lecturer Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University

1998-1999                 Foundation / BTEC Lecturer Kent Institute of Art and Design

1998-1999                 G/NVQ/Foundation 3D Lecturer/H.N.C.Design Crafts Lecturer The Arts Institute at Bournemouth


2022                         Cockpit 2022 Bursary The Worshipful Company of Tin and Wire Workers

2020                         Arts Council Project Grant

2019                          First Prize and Best in Show Pewter Live The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

2000                         Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary

1998                          Nicole Strober Award

Upcoming Exhibitions

2023                         Future Icons Selects London Craft Week, The Barge House, London

2023                         Rhythm and Flow Gallery 57, Arundel

2023                         Unearthed Gallery 57, Arundel

Exhibitions continued

2023                         Shock of the New Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire

2022                         Surface, Edge, Shadow Gallery 57 Arundel

2022                         Linear Expression Gallery 57 Arundel

2019                          Pewter Live 2019 The Worshipful Company of Pewters

2016                          Extreme Weather The Old Slaughter House Arts Centre, Stratford upon Avon

2016                          The Marsh She Knows Art in Romney Marsh

2014                          Tally Ho A Meeting Place’ Artist ArtsDepot London

2014                          Craft and Conflict Bilston Craft Gallery

2013                          Craftsense Bilston Craft Gallery

2007                         Exhibiting Difference Manilla Huntarian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons

2002-2004              Made in the Middle National Touring exhibition

2001-2002 ‘             Handbag Leicester City Gallery, Dundee, Falkirk, Walsall, Ruthkin Craft

                                  Centre, Mansfield, Stroud, Nuneaton, Cheltenham

1998                          Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands


Community Engagement Teaching

2022                         Metalwork Tutor Black Horse Workshops, Walthamstow

2022                         Horse Power workshop facilitator with schools, Pupil Referral Units, families and adults and YMCA

                                  Somerset Rural Life Museum

2022                         Thinking outside of the box, Arts Council Funded Workshop

                                  The Mulberry Academy

2021                          Cuttlefish casting workshop facilitator Arts Council Funded Workshop

                                  The Bridge Trust, London

2021                          Sustainability, Arts Council Funded Workshop Artist

                                  The Light Project, London

2020                         Field to Fork Arts Council Funded Workshop Artist

                                  Greigs City Academy, London

2018                          Making Peace, Mainstream and SEN school Workshop Artist

                                  National Memorial Arboretum        

2017                          Muse: Makers in Museums Workshop Artist

                                  Museum of Somerset, Blackbrook Primary School and Richard Huish College

2017 and 2016         Metal casting and print Workshop Artist, Highgate Primary School, London

2017                          Gather-ing Workshop Artist,  Strode College Foundation and Mendip P.R.U Centre

2017                          Prospectus Transition Arts Project Workshop Leader

                                  Northfields Education Centre and Taunton Centre

2015-2016                 Jewellery and Metalwork Tutor Richmond Adult Community College

2013-2014                 Art Beat Project Artist  Bethnal Green Academy sponsored by Allen and Overy

2012                          Big Draw Workshop Facilitor Verulamium Museum, St Albans

2009-2011                Artist Wrockwardine Wood Arts College, Telford - Working with

                                  Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and Creative Partnerships

2009                         Inspires Artist - Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 Project Worlds End School, Birmingham

2008                         Sculpture Project Artist Bridge Academy, London            

2007                         Exhibiting Difference Project Artist

                                  Huntarian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

2007                         Recycling – Woodland project and commission Cannon Park Primary School,


2006-2007              What if ? Project Artist, Coventry Creative Partnerships Finham Primary and

                                  Cannon Park Primary Schools


Education (Teaching)

1999-2000                PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Coventry University  



2018-2021.                Metalworker Cox London

2014-2017                 Metalworker Phillips and Wood Lighting

2016                          Freelance metalworker Yamaha speaker project Tord Boontje

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