Lucy Sarneel: Hang on to a dream

"Our lives are not without suffering. From the cradle to the grave we encounter misfortune such as lover's grief, illness, war and mourning. The 'Hang On' pieces encourage you not to give up, to see the bright side of life, to hang on."
Lucy Sarneel, 2019

Lucy Sarneel was one of The Netherlands’ most renowned contemporary jewellers, with a career spanning over 30 years. In this intimate solo exhibition, she presented new works drawing from the rich seams of inspiration that long informed her practice; personal identity, Dutch cultural history and the magical collision of elements we encounter in the everyday.

Graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 1989, Sarneel exhibited in major international solo and group exhibitions since 1991. She also worked as a teacher and mentor, delivering lectures and workshops internationally since 2002. Lucy was the recipient of numerous awards and her work is held in major public collections including the Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She passed away in 2020.