Pamela Ritchie creates jewellery that explores linkages between traditional craft processes, contemporary ideas of science and culture, and the language of alternative materials.
Pamela Ritchie is the winner of the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award, part of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Her work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, form, and pattern can be encapsulated in very small objects. Her studies include an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and postgraduate research work in Norway supported by a scholarship from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in conjunction with the Government of Norway.
Ritchie’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group shows spanning three decades, throughout North America, Australia, Japan, Korea, and Europe, and has regularly been featured in books, catalogues, and periodicals. She has received numerous awards and support for her work from the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the Government of Nova Scotia and many others. The Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Nova Scotia Art Bank are among the major institutional collectors of Ritchie’s work. As an advocate for Canadian jewellery, she has lectured in Canada, England, USA, and Korea, and has served as the Canadian consultant for several European exhibitions, including Jugend Gestaltet, Ornamenta I, Schmuckszene, and Schmuck.
Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montréal, Québec, Pamela will be holding a retrospective exhibition at the gallery in spring 2017. In addition to her art practice, Pamela Ritchie is currently Professor of Jewellery Design at NSCAD University.