Exploring Artistic Creativity in new Contexts- Pushing the Boundaries of Design/ Craftsmanship and sharing new ideas!


Rajesh investigates new and alternative avenues for creating new works for Heritage site. Working with like minded Artisans who explore and collaborate in developing their practice for new audiences.

Project Title- 'Regenerated' 2013

Regenerated: Rajesh Gogna (Bullion Trail)

Location:Museum of the Jewellery Quarter , Birmingham


20th April 2013 - 11th January 2014

Part of the regional Art in the Heart programme

'Regenerated' showcases the work of three leading contemporary makers based inBirmingham's unique Jewellery Quarter. Cathy Miles creates delicate, highly detailed illustrations in metal which explore the identity of everyday objects. Silversmith Rajesh Gogna presents a series of sculptural vessels in response to the architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Miranda Sharpe creates jewellery, bowls and wall works which combine a fascination for the natural word with contemporary silversmithing techniques and industrial enamelling processes.

'Regenerated' at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter sets up a dialogue between making in the Jewellery Quarter today, and over the past 200 years. Over the course of the exhibition the artists will respond to the perfectly preserved historic 'Smith & Pepper' jewellery factory which forms the heart of the museum. Watch out for witty and thought-provoking interventions and new work during the show.


Andy Horn - Exhibitions Manager
Birmingham Museums Trust
The works made by the three artists in Regenerated enable visitors to enhance their engagement with the spaces that these works inhabit, through the lens of meanings that these works bring and which are both additional to, and draw visitors deeper into, the existing stories and narratives that the spaces represent. By creating new works in response to the past, they enrich our own framework of contemporary experience and knowledge, a doorway through which we understand and view the past, because they emphasise the language of the present, in both design, making and meaning. These works increase visitors engagement with the nature of inhabited spaces, inhabited in both past human occupation which is no longer there, and the residue of material culture through which legacy we recreate those missing stories and human narratives.

Regenerated- Toby Watley - Director of Collections Birmingham Museums Trust

I was very impressed by the quality of the Regenerated exhibition, both in terms of its presentation, interpretation and the quality of the newly commissioned artworks. I also greatly enjoyed seeing the accompanying work that had arisen from the education programme, with the participants exhibiting their own pieces alongside that of the artists, in a manner that did not compromise artists' works. The new artworks offered a fresh and interesting contemporary interpretation of the Smith and Pepper factory which had not been undertaken before and encouraged visitors to view the unique factory environment in new ways, based on both its visual, aesthetic appearance as well as its social history. I felt that the exhibition was very successful in bringing together three artists with a shared interest, who worked in different media and took very different approaches to reinterpreting the museum.

The exhibition met Birmingham Museums' wider objectives to support and promote artists living and working in the West Midlands region. 



Leading through making- 2011-

read morehttp://www.designermakerwm.co.uk/leading-through-making-review.htm


Silver in places of Worship (Arts Council Project)- 2005

Research- Technology verses Hand made craftsmanship seen within Ecclesiastical Silver from different cultures. Outcome- develop and produce a Silver Chattar for the Hindu Deity (Dhurga Mata). Process- 3D Modeling, CNC Milling, Latex Moulding and Electro-forming.

Government of Indian research project -2004

Design for industry abroad

Collaboration with Indian manufacturing company to produce contemporary silver art objects gifted to visiting dignitaries.