Mike Turner is a, metalsmith, jeweller and sculptor. With a career spanning over 17 years and 3 continents.
Born in 1969 in London UK
He studied design crafts at art school and a ba(hons) degree in jewellery design at university. Following this he began by creating pieces for the London’s growing population of pierced and tattooed with whom his style of work had become popular. During this time his work was selected for inclusion in the Victoria and Albert museums Street Style exhibition (1994) and in was included in the book Unclasped- British Contempory Jewellery(1996), it also appeared in a number of Magazine publications, including Time Out London and Dazed and Confused.
In 2000 he moved to Australia where he began to work on a larger scale. In 2002 he helped set up the Mekanarky artist run initiative in Sydney, where he lived and worked for the next 6 years. During this time he created and exhibited work regularly throughout Sydney and occasionally overseas.
In 2008 he moved to Chengdu, China ,where he has set up a studio.
His work is held in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Japan and China. 2009 has seen his work included in the books, The Compendium Finale of Contempory Jewellery and Short Story # 1.
Higher Education (selected)
1989 – 1992 Ba(Hons) Jewellery Design Middlesex University, London, UK
1987 – 1989 Diploma DesignCrafts Epsom school of Art, Epsom, UK
Solo / Joint Exhibitions
2008 Gaffa Gallery , Sydney ,NSW Metalmorphosis (with face a
face by Pierre Cavalan)
2005 New View Gallery , Newtown, NSW Joint exhibition with Okipa
2001 Urban Cow Studios, Adelaide,SA Spawn Again
Group exhibitions (selected)
2008 Galerija Meno Nosa, Vilnius, Lithuania Escape from Vilnius
733 Arts Factory, Chengdu, China Re-stArt
2007 Australia Council for The Arts, Surry Hills Ozco expose
Gaffa Gallery, Surry Hills, Aus Explorations 07
2006 Pyrmont studios , Pyrmont, Aus Out of site
Gaffa Gallery, Surry Hills, Aus Profile Week 1
Createx Gallery, Redfern, Aus Is that Latex
Sub Gallery, Newtown, Aus Cluster
Gaffa Gallery, Surry Hills, Aus Maiden Voyage
Mekanarky Studios, Turrella, NSW Mecarnivale show
Wedding Circle,Chippendale, NSW Heavy Petting
Wedding Circle, Chippendale,NSW Artist-run spaces exhibition
Mekanarky Studios, Turrella , NSW Bio-logical Wearfair and Mecropolis
Knot Gallery ,Surrey Hills ,NSW Monsters and Mutations
Space 3 ,Chippendale, NSW Untitled
Mekanarky Studios, Turrella,NSW Sound of impact and I Scream ,
Victoria and Albert Museum ,London,UK Street Style,
Design Centre ,London UK New Designers,
1999 – Time out London and Time out shopping guide
1997 – Unclasped – British Contempory Jewellery
1996 – Dazed and Confused Magazine ,London
1996 – Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
My studio , best to contact me
Comment Wall (6 comments)
You need to be a member of kit and caboodle to add comments!
Hmm sorry I thought I read something about using motorcycle parts, sounded quite unusual!Do you get commissioned to make pieces or mainly sell your work through galleries? Have any pieces been used for film?
Thanks so much for joining. Its only early, and its great to have some brave souls kick it all off.
There is lots of stuff you can do on kit and caboodle - put images, news and events up, ask/answer stuff in the forums, join a group, chat will be happening sometime soon, and yes, you can even pimp your page.
Just remember kit and caboodle is a public network, its aim is promotional, so be sure to only put up personal details that you are comfortable with. There are privacy and email options in the settings.
Anytime you have a problem, or cant work something out, let me know.