In September Walka Studio (Chilean contemporary jewellery collective and school) has been invited to ALCHIMIA to present a lecture, attended by the first class of students in the Master Degree program and to exhibit the works of their students participating in the Contest WE WALKA School 2013 “Ancestral “.
The experience has been very rewarding and generated interesting conversations with ALCHIMIA students.
The lecture Nano Pulgar and Claudia Betancourt (the founders and directors of Walka Studio) presented was titled “TRANSHUMANCE: In the search of new pastures” in which they share both their work as jewelry makers and their work developing activities in Chile to improve the local scene of Contemporary Jewellery with emphasis on WE WALKA School and their job as teachers.
“Our participation in the first day of classes for the Master program was the perfect prelude to the presentation. We talked with the students about their personal views regarding contemporary jewellery scene, their wishes and professional expectations and how to develop a body of work.”
“The small exhibition included a selection of the works of our students who participated in the WE WALKA School Contest 2013 with the theme “Ancestral”.The competition had as jury Valeria Vallarta and Jorge Manilla, and had almost 9000 euros in prizes. We exhibited the works in Chile, Spain and Italy.”
The first award winner of the contest was María Ignacia Walker who is now doing her final year in the Master Program of ALCHIMIA.