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Anneke van Bommel:  Conquerall Mills. Nova Scotia.  Canada.


Education: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design [NSCAD]. Halifax, Nova Scotia                     

Bachelor of Fine Arts  *Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. 2001.

Additional Studies in Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Art History.

Apprenticeship: Atelier of Sabine Mittermayer. Oberaudorf, Germany. 2000.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015  The Utensil. Visual Arts Exhibition.Harbourfront Centre.Toronto.ON.

2014  Not Forkchops. Hashtag Gallery.Toronto.ON.

2013  Repeat, Repeat. York Quay Gallery.Harbourfront Centre.Toronto.ON.

2013  Capacity.Toronto International Design Week.Gladstone Art Bar.Toronto.ON.

2012  Directions/Intersections in Canadian Design. Visual Arts Centre. Clarington. ON.

2012  Radiant Dark: The Devil is the Details. Made Gallery. Toronto. ON.

2011  Yield. York Quay Gallery. Harbourfront.Toronto.ON.

2011  Made at Home. Made Gallery.Toronto.ON.

2010  The Unicorn.Narwhal Art Projects.Toronto.ON

2010  Radiant Dark, Assets and Values.MADE.Toronto.ON

2009  Cheongju International Craft Biennale.Cheongju, South Korea.

2009  Elegant Corruptions.MADE.Toronto,ON.

2008  Object Toronto.Mc Clure and Egan Gallery.Gladstone Hotel, Toronto,ON.

2008  Beaver Tales:Canadian Art and Design.University of Toronto Art Centre.ON

2007  Come up to my Room. Alt. Interior Design.Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.ON.

2007  Object Toronto.Mc Clure&Egan Gallery Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.ON.

2007  It’s a Beauty. International Departures Gallery, Toronto Pearson Airport.

2007  The Object(s) of Longing.York Quay Centre, Harbourfront, Toronto,ON.

2006  60 Jewellery Artists. Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal,QC

2006  100 Brooches.Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington,USA

2005  100 Brooches.Bellagio Gallery, North Carolina,USA.

2005  Oh Canada.Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto,ON.

2005  100 Brooches.Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco,CA.

2004  Award Winners 2004. Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto.ON.

2004  Same Time/Same Place. York Quay Gallery ,Harbourfront Toronto.ON.

2003  Rings.Lafreniere and Pai Gallery, Ottawa.ON.

2003  Curing Insight. York Quay Gallery, Toronto.ON.

2002  Black and White.A Show of Hands Gallery, Toronto,ON.

2002  Proxemics. Anna Leonowens Gallery, NS. OCAD Gallery.ON.

2002  20x10. York Quay Gallery,Toronto.ON.

2000  Nine.  Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.NS.

1999  By the Skin of our Teeth. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.NS.


Selected Solo Exhibitions:


2011  With Glowing Hearts. Lafreniere and Pai Gallery. Ottawa. ON.

2001  Nexus. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. NS.


Selected Awards: 


Full Residency Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre. Jewellery Studio Residency.2001.

Best Design in Exhibition, 20x10.  Harbourfront Centre. Studio Residents Exhibition.  Proud Canadian Design Ltd.2001.

Honorable Mention, Turn up the Volume exhibition.  Metal Arts Guild.  Toronto, Ontario.2003.

Tommia Vaughan Jones Award for excellence in Metal Arts.  Ontario Crafts Council.2003.

Canada Council for the Arts Grant.2004.

Tommia Vaughan Jones Award for excellence in Metal Arts.2004.

Craft Artists Grant. Ontario Arts Council. 2004.

The Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Scholarship. Ontario Crafts Council.2006.

Lacy and Company Supply Grant.  Ontario Crafts Council.2006.

Ontario Arts Council Grant.2009.

Design Lines Magazine Top 100 Design. Toronto International Design Week.2011.

Design Lines Magazine Top 100 Design. Toronto International Design Week.2012.

Juror's Choice. Toronto Design Offsite Festival Awards.2014.

Ontario Arts Council Grant.2015.







My current body of work explores the icons, symbols and clichés of Canada.  

Using jewellery techniques I have developed multiple bodies of wearable work, cutlery and domestic objects that explore these icons, and symbols for the past decade.
While these symbols are often nostalgic and romantic, they are symbols that I reluctantly embrace and identify as being Canadian.  Within this body of work are several series that represent both obscure and iconic provincial destinations, people and symbols.  These works explore an "idea” of Canada, and allude to the souvenir. The desire to take a “piece” of a place home with us and to somehow authenticate a journey is a shared one.  This common need allows us, as Canadians, to relate to one another despite our distance across such a vast nation.


I find myself drawn to the irony and humor in the clichéd images that re-appear within our collective idea of Canada. As I explore and manipulate these symbols I hope to emphasize the importance of identity, the power of nostalgia for places and people and the layers of meaning that develop when these symbols are distorted, combined or forgotten.






Artists Biography:  Anneke van Bommel

Anneke van Bommel is a graduate of NSCAD University (BFA 2001) Halifax NS, and former artist in residence of the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON. (2001-2004).


Anneke is the recipient of various grants including the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Crafts Council and the Canada Council of the Arts.

She has exhibited her work throughout North America and Internationally, exhibits with a number of galleries across Canada and the USA, and has work in private collections internationally, including commissions from both the Finance Dept. and the Tourism Dept. of the government of Ontario. Her work has been published in multiple magazines, national newspapers, online, and print features, as well as features in several books, including Lark Books 1000 rings and 500 Brooches.

Anneke has taught as sessional faculty with the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. After teaching at George Brown College for over a decade and maintaining an active studio practice in downtown Toronto, for 15 years, Anneke decided to embark on a new adventure, and is currently renovating a house older than Canada, in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia where she has an active studio practice.



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