1979-1989Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Falkirk College of Technology, Scotland.
1990-2004Lecturer, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Scotland.
2005-2008S/L Head of Department, Silversmithing & Jewellery, GSA.
2008-2014Head of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD),
Birmingham City University, England.
2014-De Tao Master, Shanghai
2012-2017Trustee/Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London.
  • Trade Advisory Sub-Committee, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
  • Academic & Contemporary Narrative Jeweller
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts
  • Honorary Professor of the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
1971-1972Glasgow College of Building (Interior Design)
1972-1976B.A. - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
(Primary subject: Jewellery & Silversmithing, Secondary: Woven Textiles)
1988-1989Teaching Certificate - Jordanhill College of Education (Strathclyde University).
2001-2007Ph.D. Student - The Glasgow School of Art.
2010Birmingham Institute of Art & Design: Research Fund (Paradigma 2)
2010International Partnership Grant, BCC. (Paradigma 2)
2009Birmingham City Council (BCC) (Paradigma)
2005The Royal Netherlands Embassy
2004The Scottish Arts Council, Lottery Funding
2003The Edinburgh Assay Office, Goldsmiths Hall
2003The Glasgow School of Art Research Award (MWV)
2001The Glasgow School of Art Research Award (V&A London)
2000Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2000 – Jewellery. Shortlist Nominee
1998The Glasgow School of Art Research Award (Australia)
1997The British Council – Japan
1997Beck’s – Scottish Courage Limited
1997The Hope Scott Trust
1997Inches Carr Trust
1997The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
1996The Glasgow School of Art Research Award (Japan)
1987The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh,
Tercentenary – 1st Prize Winner
1987British Overseas Trade Board – Travel Grant to U.S.A.
1976Scottish Development Agency – ‘Crafts Entrant Scheme’
2009PARADIGMA & PARADIGMA 2 - Staff exhibitions: The School of Jewellery, BCU & Escola Massana, Barcelona.
Touring: Birmingham School of Jewellery, Escola Massana and Fei Liu Gallery, Beijing, UK Education, Shanghai. (2009-10)
Catalogues ISBN: 978-1-904839-36-1 & 978-1-904839-39-2
2005MAKER-WEARER-VIEWER Contemporary European Narrative Jewellery.
Touring: The Glasgow School of Art, The Scottish Gallery- Edinburgh, Galerie Marzee – Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Catalogue ISBN: 0 901904 59 7

Symposium Speakers: Ramon Puig Cuyas, Ruudt Peters, Liesbeth den Besten, Konrad Mehus, Professor Jorun Veiteberg, Dr Elizabeth Goring Symposium Chair: Jivan Astfalck

2009‘To Strangers’: Professor Jack Cunningham (BCU) & Professor Teng Fei (CAFA), Star Space Gallery, AIVA, Shanghai, China
2007‘Jack Cunningham – Contemporary Narrative Jewellery’, Atrium Gallery,
The Glasgow School of Art
2004‘Jack Cunningham – End of The Line’, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2004‘Jack Cunningham – On the Line’, Arai Atelier Gallery, Tokyo
2004‘Jack Cunningham - On The Line’, Hélène Porée Galerie, Paris
2003‘Jack Cunningham - On The Line’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Catalogue: isbn 0 901 904 295
2003‘Brooching the Subject’, The Travelling Gallery, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
(Touring). CD Rom + small catalogue
2002Arts & Business Awards - Scotland. Trophy Commission
2001‘Jack Cunningham’, Crafts Council Gallery at the V&A Museum, London
2000‘Journey’ – Touring: The JamFactory, Adelaide, Australia. (July-Sept)
2000‘Journey’ – Jack Cunningham Jewellery Installation.
The Lighthouse, Glasgow (January-March). Catalogue isbn-0901904864
1997‘Sense of Place’ Jack Cunningham & Linda Green. Touring:

  • The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (January)
  • Gallery Gallery, Kyoto (April)
  • Art Space Ki, Kyoto (May)
  • Lesley Craze Gallery, London (August)
1995‘Brooches by Jack Cunningham’, Mayfest Exhibition ’95, Roger Billcliffe
Gallery, Glasgow.
1994‘Brooches by Jack Cunningham’, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen.
1992‘Jack Cunningham – New Brooches’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
1986‘Jewellery & Constructions – Jack Cunningham & Anne Finlay’, Open Eye
Gallery, Edinburgh & Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews University.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London. On loan to V&A Museum of Design, Dundee from September 2018
  • Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Crafts Council Collection, London
  • A&B Awards Scotland 2002 (18 Trophies)*
  • Museum of Decorative Arts (Liliane & David M. Stewart Collection), Montreal, Canada
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
  • The Scottish Development Agency, Edinburgh
  • The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
  • Dr. Banda, President of Malawi (1980)
  • The Church of Scotland
  • Princeton University Chapel, U.S.A.
  • Work in private collections in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Japan

* A&B Recipients include: Guinness UDV, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, The National Galleries of Scotland, Lloyds TSB Scotland.

2022‘Qu’on Fait Les Artistes Pendant Le Confinement?’, Delta Gallery, Paris.
(‘What Did The Artists Do During Lockdown?’)
2021‘Pinning Our Hopes’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018‘The Miniaturists’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2018‘The Travelling Gallery Anniversary Exhibition’, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2017’50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship’, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
2017‘175 Years of Art’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2015-2016‘Winter’s Breath’, Gallery Putti, Riga, Latvia
2015-2016‘COLLECT’ London, ‘I AM HERE’ – Crafts Council Collection, touring exhibition
2012-2015‘Transplantation’, touring exhibition, UK and Australia
201210 Years-Re:jewelry’, 20 Leading makers from approximately 15 different countries. Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
2011‘Craft in Dialogue’ Inches Carr Trust: Award Recipients exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
2011‘40 Years in the Tower’, Newbery Tower, The Glasgow School of Art
2011‘Beneath the Skin’, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen
2011‘Alchemists – New Concepts in Jewellery’, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2010‘COLLECT’ represented by The Scottish Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009‘PARADIGMA’ & ‘PARADIGMA 2’, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, Escola Massana, Barcelona, Fei Liu Gallery, Beijing & UK Innovations, Shanghai
2009‘SOFA’ - Chicago, represented by Aaron Faber Gallery, NY
2009‘Contemporary Silversmithing’ Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2008‘Masters & Protégés’ Museum of Art & Crafts, Itami, Japan
2008‘COLLECT’ represented by The Scottish Gallery, V&A Museum, London
2007‘Beads’ The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2007‘Gold and Silver Jewellery: The Transformation of a Tradition in the Twentieth Century’ – The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Organised by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
2007‘The Cutting Edge’, NMS, Chambers Street, Edinburgh; GOMA, Glasgow; Aberdeen Art Gallery
2005‘Maker-Wearer-Viewer’, the Glasgow School of Art. (Touring)
2005‘COLLECT’ represented by The Scottish Gallery, V&A Museum, London
2003‘Chess’, Velvet da Vinci at SNAG, San Francisco. (Touring USA & UK)
2002‘Pearltalk’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
The Scottish Gallery @ SOFA, Chicago, USA
200210 years Anniversary Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2001‘Thirteen Hands’ Caol Crafts, Touring U.K.
2001Black & Kausel, Paris, France
2001‘Gifted’ – 5 Years Inches Carr Trust Awards, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
2001Crafts Council @ SOFA, Chicago, U.S.A.
2001‘100% Proof’, Scottish Jewellery at Flow Gallery, London. (Catalogue)
Touring U.S.A.: Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge Mass,
Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York,
Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco
2001Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2000 – Jewellery. Crafts Council Gallery, London.
Touring U.K. Catalogue: isbn 1 870 145 860
2001‘Fired with Colour’, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen.
Touring: NMS, Chambers Street Museum, Edinburgh. (Catalogue)
2000‘In Our Hands’, Nagoya Trade Centre, Nagoya, Japan. (Invitational)
2000‘Material Diversity’, GSA Staff, Young Artists Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
1999Contemporary Artists in Scotland – Scottish Arts Council/Axis CD-ROM
Axis Website Exhibition
1998‘Jewellery Moves’ – National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Catalogue: isbn 1-901663-03-5
1998‘Propositions 2’ – The Glasgow School of Art. Cat: isbn 0 901904-51-1
1998Contemporary Decorative Arts’ – Sotheby’s, London
1997‘Love Tokens’ – Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool
1996‘Focus on Six’ – Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
1996DesignYard, Dublin
1995‘Glasgow Makes It’ – International Festival of Design.P.0.Building, Glasgow
1996‘10 Years Crafts’ – Scottish Gallery Anniversary Exhibition, Edinburgh
1996‘Five Applied Artists’, GSA Faculty Show, Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Catalogue: isbn 0 90190 04 70 8
1994The Glasgow School of Art – S&J Department at Aaron Faber Gallery,
N.Y., U.S.A.
1992‘Scottish Jewellery at Gallery Hipotesi’, Barcelona, Spain
1989‘Contemporary Scottish Jewellery’, The Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1985‘Fusing Forces’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
1983‘The Scottish Collection’, Jewellers of America Trade Fair, N.Y., U.S.A.
1981‘Schmuck ‘81’, International Jewellery Show, Munich, Germany
1979‘Loot’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
1978‘Loot’78’, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, U.S.A.
1976‘Passing Out’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
2021Review of paper submitted for Craft Research journal publication.
2019External Examiner for PhD Candidate, Loughborough University, UK.
2019‘In-Conversation: Jack Cunningham and Mark Fenn’, Goldsmiths Centre, London. Hosted by Charlotte Drew.
2019Visiting Professor – Limoges School of Art - Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art (ENSA), Limoges, France
2018-2019Visiting Professor – Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2017Visiting Professor – Design School Kolding, Denmark (Welfare Design Programme)
2012Revalidation Panel (Cancelled), University of Johannesburg, SA
2012Dignity at Work and Equal Opportunities (Senior Managers). BCU Training
2011Revalidation Panel (External member), University of Ulster, N. Ireland
2011IOSH Health & Safety Training for Senior Executives. BCU Training
2011Investigating Officer - Student Complaints & Appeals: BCU Training
2011-2013Director of Studies: PhD candidate – Ji Hoon
2011Reviewer: A-N Magazine
2010Becoming an IPR Reviewer: BCU Training
2010Reviewer: Craft Research Journal. Editor Kristina Nedderer
2010Conferment Committee for Academic Titles: BCU Committee Member
2010Nominated: Honorary Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts (RBSA)
2010Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults: BCU Training
2010Reviewer: Craft Research Journal. Editor Kristina Nedderer
2010-2014Board of Directors: Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ – Deputy Chair)
2009Accreditation Review Team, University of Sharjah, Dubai, UAE
2009Professorial Lecture: The Noisy Narrative of the Inanimate Object
2009PhD External Examiner panel member (Scilla Speet), Central St Martins, London
2009Research Supervision: BCU Training
2009Recruitment & Selection of Staff: BCU Training
2009Consultant & External Examiner AIVA, Academy of International Visual Arts, Shanghai, China
2008-2014Committee Membership:
Management Committee
Chair: BIAD International Forum (BIF) (2011-2014)
Health & Safety Committee
Research Strategy & Policy Committee (2011-2014)
Institute Board
Languages:Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR): Entry Level French
2008Public Lecture: Object-Knowledge-Memory, PROSPECT group, Newcastle.
& Comenius European Collaboration, GSA, Glasgow
2007-2010External Examiner BA (Hons) Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University, Dundee
2006Public Lecture: Maker-Wearer-Viewer, Parlement Lyceen European, GSA, Glasgow
20061st European Congress of Fashion Jewellery Design Schools. Invited delegate – Menorca, Spain
2005External Academic Advisor: Re-Validation Panel, MA Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, University of Central England
2005Creative Scotland Awards (SAC), Judging Panel Member
2005-2008Chair – Joint Consultative Health & Safety Committee, GSA
2002-2008Visiting Lecturer, Bunsai College of Art and Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College,
Tokyo, Japan
2001North Lanarkshire Teachers Resource Pack & Video –
‘Jack Cunningham- The Journey Continues…’ isbn 1-902516-27-3
2001-2006British Council Recruitment Mission: Japan - Tokyo, Osaka & Nagoya
2001-2004Joint Ph.D. Coordinator – School of Design + Ph.D. P/T Student
2000‘Object and Idea’ Conference (delegate). RCA /V&A, London
2000Visiting Lecturer - University of South Australia, Adelaide
2000Droog Design – Video Diarist. The Lighthouse, Glasgow. (CD Rom)
2000Public Lectures: Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow.
Gallery of Modern Art & Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
1999Visiting Lecturer – Kyoto Seika College of Fine Arts, Japan
1999British Council Recruitment Mission: Japan. Tokyo, Osaka & Fukuoka
1999‘The Body Politic’ Conference (delegate). Newcastle University
1999Higher Still programme. Case Study: Art & Design Studies –
Jack Cunningham – Contemporary Jewellery
1998Onno Boekhoudt Masterclass (participant) – Edinburgh College of Art.
Association for Contemporary Jewellery Conference (delegate & panellist)
1998-04The Scottish Arts Council – Crafts Committee Member
1998V&A Study Day, British Contemporary Jewellery, London
1997Edward De Bono – Masterclass (delegate), University of Paisley
1997-GSA - SofD Research Committee Member
1997Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference (delegate), Buffalo, U.S.A.
1996-2005Course Management Committee & Teaching Team
M.Phil in Art, Design & Architecture in Education. GSA & University of Glasgow.
(Re-named as Masters 2005)
1992Visiting Associate Professor – Metropolitan State College, Denver, U.S.A.
1990Appointed Lecturer – Glasgow School of Art, S & J Department
1989Visiting Lecturer – University of Belfast, Design Faculty, N. Ireland
1989-1992Associate Director, The Tent Co. Edinburgh Ltd.
1988-1990Volunteer with ‘Samaritan’ organisation.
1985Invited Design Consultant, Manpower Services Commission
1979-1990P/T Lecturer > Senior Lecturer, Falkirk College, Falkirk
1976-Retailing through U.K. outlets including: Electrum, Argenta, The Oxford Gallery
The Story of Scottish Design
Thames & Hudson 2018
ISBN: 978-0-500-48033-5
Philip Long & Joanna Norman
Narrative Jewelry
Schiffer Publishing 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5414-4
Mark FennForeword (+ entry) – Jack Cunningham
May/June 2000
Philippa Swann‘Journey’ Exhibition – The Lighthouse
The Herald (Glasgow)
28 February 2000
Claire Henry‘Narrative is the jewel in his crown’
The Times (London)
8 March 2000
Giles Sutherland‘Journey’ Exhibition – The Lighthouse
Financial Times – Weekend
14 July 2001
Ann Marie Schillito
Sue Webster
‘Journey’ Exhibition – The Lighthouse
‘Pearl Ardour’ article
Sept/Oct 2001
Ralph TurnerJack Cunningham Jewellery, V&A
Sept/Oct 2002
Philippa Swann‘Symbols of Success’ Shortform p20
The Art of Jewellery Design
Quarto Press - Published 2002
p120-121 + numerous entries
Elizabeth Oliver‘Narrative Case Study’
Sept/Oct 2003 p18
Shortform entry
Nov/Dec 2003
Shetland Times
October 2003
Peter Davis‘The Travelling Gallery’
The Times Educational Supplement
26 September 2003
Deedee Cuddihy‘Brooching the Subject’
Visual Language
A&C Black – to be published 2004
Dave Cohen‘Jack Cunningham’ (Chapter)
FindingsWinter 1999
Onno Boekhoudt Masterclass – Edinburgh College of Art
Artists Newsletter
July 1999
‘Toys for Hands’ – House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
FindingsWinter 2000
‘Roger Morris – New Directions’

FindingsJanuary 2001
Molly Bullock & Syan Van Niftrik, Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
FindingsJuly 2001
Letter to Editor - New Designers / Passing Out
FindingsJan 2003
‘Metamorphosis – Emerging Sydney’
Contemporary Australian jewellery at the Atrium Gallery, GSA
FindingsJuly 2003
‘Snapshot Munich’, Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Craft Arts International
October 2003
‘Metamorphosis – Emerging Sydney’, GSA
1990"Passing Out 1990" (Assistant Organiser).
Goldsmiths Hall Exhibition held in Museum
Gallery, Glasgow School of Art.
1992"Hand Signals" (Assistant Organiser), Thematic
Ring Exhibition in Museum Gallery, Glasgow
School of Art
1993Design Renaissance Conference - Department
Exhibition in the Museum Gallery,
Glasgow School of Art
1993Art for a Better World" (Assistant Organiser)
S & J Department Brooch Installation.
Scottish Society of Artists Exhibition,
The Mound, Edinburgh
1994"Art in the Garden" - 3rd Year Students.
Watering Can Project - Scottish Gallery Exhibition
Greywalls Garden, Gullane
1994'Glasgow School of Art' (Assistant Organiser)
S & J Graduates & Faculty
Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1995"Impressions of Barcelona" - 3rd Year Students
GSA study visit installation
Scottish Art Students Mixed Media Exhibition,
MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling University
1998'Encapsulation' - Atrium Gallery, GSA.
3rd Year Student Installation
1999'Cameo' (Assistant Organiser) - House for an Art Lover
    & Burrell Art Gallery, Glasgow. Department Exhibition
2001'WORD-SMITHS' (Assistant Organiser) - 2nd & 3rd Yr Students.
    Atrium Gallery (GSA) & Pentagon Building, Glasgow
2003‘Toolbox’ (Assistant Organiser) - 2nd & 3rd Yr Students.
Atrium Gallery, GSA
2004‘Reflections’ (Assistant Organiser) - 2nd & 3rd Yr Students.
Atrium Gallery, GSA. Hillhouse, Helensburgh
2005‘Telling Tales’ - 2nd & 3rd Yr Students. Atrium Gallery, GSA
2006‘Jewellery Brut’ – 2nd & 3rd Yr Students. Atrium Gallery, GSA
2007‘Republic of Place’ - 2nd & 3rd Yr Students. Atrium Gallery, GSA
2008‘Glimpses’ – 1st - 3rd Yr Students. Atrium Gallery, GSA
Retailing:The Lighthouse, Glasgow
The Jam Factory, Adelaide
Crafts Council Gallery, London
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Crafts Council Gallery, V&A Museum, London
Charon Kransen, New York, NY
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Resource:American Craft Council Library, New York
North Lanarkshire Council – Education
Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery – Education Department
Retailing:Charon Kransen New York, NY
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
PRACTICE BASED PhD - The Glasgow School of Art 2001-2007


"Contemporary European Narrative Jewellery: the prevalent themes, paradigms and the cognitive interaction between maker, wearer and viewer observed through the process and production of narrative jewellery."

  1. How might contemporary narrative jewellery be defined?
  2. To what extent does cultural identity affect creative outcomes?
  3. What are the prevalent European themes?
  4. How do source, process and practice interact during the creative process?

Viva - September 2007
External Examiners: Professor Hans Stofer & Professor Jorunn Veiteberg.