The Marzee Collection

Galerie Marzee celebrates its 40th anniversary on 9 June 2019. Read below for details of Fife Contemporary’s exhibition to mark its 30th anniversary in 2009!

12 September – 1 November 2009, St Andrews Museum, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, KY16 9DP, open daily April to September 10am to 5pm, October to March 10.30am to 4pm, admission free.

Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary over the next year and this will be billed as one of the anniversary events. The gallery is the largest known gallery in the world dedicated to innovative contemporary jewellery (its displays extend over 4 floors of a former grain store) and its director, Marie-José van den Hout, has built an extensive collection of some of the best international contemporary jewellery over the last 30 years.

Fife Contemporary Art & Craft will be bringing part of the Galerie Marzee’s exciting collection, chosen by Marie-José, to Fife. The jewellery selected for the exhibition will be worn by prominent Fifers at a pre exhibiton dining event. The jewellery itself and recordings of the event showing participants wearing it (including beautiful portrait photographs by Edinburgh-based Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie of broad daylight), will then be on show at St Andrews Museum.

In partnership with St Andrews Museum and the Falkland Centre for Stewardship.

You can also purchase a copy of The Marzee Collection, a specially produced publication for the event and exhibition, from Fife Contemporary’s online shop.


Sun 27 Sept 09, 2pm, St Andrews Museum – free informal exhibition tour by Diana Sykes. Learn some of the background to this interesting project – all welcome!
Sat 3 Oct 09, 11am-1pm, St Andrews Museum – jewellery making workshop for 13-16 year olds
Sun 10 Oct 09, 11am-1pm, St Andrews Museum – jewellery making workshop for 8-12 year olds

(Both workshops are led by jeweller and teacher Andrea Douglas. Participants will start with a quick tour of the exhibition and also be shown some of the tutor’s work before designing a neckpiece or bracelet of their own. Using natural materials and with the help of some basic jewellery techniques, they will then make their piece for taking home. The workshops are both free but places are limited to 10 in each. Please either phone St Andrews Museum (01334 659380) for a booking form, or download it here – 176KB- and return it completed to the museum.)

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Activity Room beside the exhibition to see examples of books produced by Galerie Marzee and Scottish jewellers, full of ideas & information for making jewellery; also some easy ‘DIY’ jewellery to try on the spot, and a Big Draw Jewellery Scribble Book to leave your jewellery doodles in! On display will be some jewellery made in Fife schools during some special sessions with makers Sarah Keay, Anna King, and Jaimie MacDonald, organised by Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and Fife Council’s Creative Links.