The works currently on display in the Foyer Gallery are by artist Iona McCuaig, produced as part of her MA studies in Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art, from where she graduated earlier this year.
This project was inspired by a 1955 wedding diadem held in the Royal College of Art archive collection. This object was connected to two documents published in the media in January 2018. Firstly a letter issued from a Windsor councilor, warning police authorities that the homeless and their detritus ‘presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavorable light’. He suggests that legal powers should be used to clear the area of homeless before the royal wedding. The second document was an issue of Hello Magazine, which published an article debating which royal tiara Meghan Markle will choose for her wedding. In response to the councilor’s letter Iona collected street detritus from the streets of London to create a model of the 1955 wedding diadem. This was first completed as an on-site making exercise in Kings Cross. Iona also produced a cushion woven from London Evening Standard newspapers, also used for royal wedding souvenir confetti.
Iona lives in Shepreth, and works throughout the region as a jeweller, artist, researcher and educator. In recent months, she has been very involved in the Broadway Gallery’s education programme, and has led visits and arts workshops at the Gallery for more than 700 pupils from local primary schools.
Image ©️ Iona McCuaig