Beverley Price


1956, Johannesburg, South Africa

Training / Education:

  • 1974-1978 - Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg- Anatomy, Psychology, Linguistics - ;South Africa
  • 1989 - Industrial Jewelry Training - Jerusalem Institute Technology, Israel ;
  • 1990-93 - Sir John Cass, London - Jewelry, Silversmithing, enameling ; UK
  • 2000-2001 - Witwaterand University - Post Graduate Fine Arts degree, South Africa

Work Experience:

  • 1989 - Gold of Jerusalem;
  • 1990-93 Ring mounts Manufacturing Jewelers - Hatton Garden, London UK
  • 1994-1995 Nava Segev - Jerusalem; "6 jewelers on Hillel" Jerusalem co-op studio, Israel
  • 1999 - 2002 South Africa- enamel for the Trade ,
  • 1999 - 2006 - ongoing training of group of previously disadvantaged women to work with me
  • 2005-2006 - Speaker and one of 3 Initiators and regular curator of annual jewelry design event - Jewelry Indaba, Cape Town South Africa

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

  • 1997- Biennial Juried American Society of Enamellers - Gatlinburg, USA, Studio Fusion London UK ( group)
  • 2000 - FNB National Craft Exhibition ( Award) - South Africa
  • 2001 World Summit - selected craft
  • 2002-2004 - Jewelry and sculpture at various fine art national South African exhibitions including Brett Kebble Art Awards and National Presidential awards, Pretoria.
  • 2004 and 2005 - Schmuck Sonderschau, Munich Germany.
  • 2002-2005 - The Contemporary Jewelry Collective ( 3 women jewelers exhibiting in fine art spaces annually)
  • 2006 - Veronica Anderson Jewelry , Johannesburg ( group) South Africa
  • 2006 - September - First Solo Show at Gold Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

Awards / Grants:

  • Award - 2000 -First National Bank Craft Award
  • Grant - 2005 - National Arts Council - enamel master class with Jane Short and Phil Barnes, UK and Ruudt Peters, Netherlands.
  • 2006 - One of 24 winners - Riches of Africa competition - disqualified and given opportunity by Anglo Gold Ashanti to make the work in 500g gold

Collections (Private & Museum):

  • National - Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • Private- De Beers, Anglo Gold Ashanti, British Airways-Comair, Nelson Mandela, University of South Africa(UNISA)art collection, Helen Drutt -English, Natalie Knight Galleries, Michael Rakusin - Australia. Ongoing work for Octopus shops in London; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Rivoli107 and Printemps at Centre Pompidou, Paris since 2004 and in Melbourne Australia.


  • 1. "Locating Contemporary Jewellery in South Africa". Art News South Africa, Summer, 2003, p2-5
  • 2. "Culture, Politics and Enamelling in South Africa: Beverley Price Writes About Her New Work" British Society of Enamellers Newsletter, Spring 2003. pp1-2
  • 3. "Craft South Africa" Susan Sellschop, Wendy Goldblatt, Doreen Hemp. Pan Macmillan. Titlepage image: "Mapungubwe Re-Mined -- Whose Gold?"Autumn Publication of Craft Newsletter, South Africa "
  • 4. South African Jewellery News (SAJN)- January, 2005 - Contemporary Jewellery In South Africa - interviewed by Karen Haverson
  • 5."Contemporary Jewellery Design In South Africa" Findings- The UK Association for Contemporary Jewellery's quarterly newsletter, Issue 30, December 2004,pp 3-
  • 6. "The Self As Work"- a Review of Marjorie Simon's Enamelled Jewellery, Enamel- British Society of Enamellers newlsetter, Winter 2006pp1-3
  • 7. Report on Jewellery Indaba for Findings July 2006
  • 8. Report on Large Gold Work - Design Indaba magazine ( not published yet) and South African Jewellery News ( SAJN)
  • 9. Speaker - ACJ conference London July 2006 with publication

Artist Statement:

Jewellery artist , activist, writer. Influenced by academic study of human anatomy. Approriates elements of large size and percussion from indigenous South African adornment practice.Her jewellery works are intended to act as appendages to the body,moving in synergy with body movements, rather than as separate objects that introduce weight and resistance to movement. Therefore developed large hollow articulated jewellery objects that occupy space but not the expected commensurate mass. Interested in the impact of the 'body' as a context for display and personal experience versus their impact displayed off the body. "The body brings life to the object".

Committed to promoting South African jewellery art discourse through visual and written work. Interrogates interface between western/European jewellery practices and techniques, and indigenous South African adornment and precolonial metalsmithing, seeking new South African jewellery hybridity. Makes artworks and jewellery in search of "right attitude" to precious minerals in South Africa and has preferenced labour over intrinsic material value until recently - now working in gold again.