Norman Cherry was formerly Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. Currently he practises as an independent artist, curator, and consultant. An internationally recognised expert in the field of jewellery, prior to his appointment at Lincoln in 2008, he was Head of the renowned Birmingham School of Jewellery. His work has been exhibited extensively internationally and many of his pieces are held in private and public collections throughout the world. One of his medals is held by the British Museum in their Contemporary Collection. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and has undertaken consultancies in several countries, including Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Jordan. He is also a Visiting Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.
His curation projects have included several international exhibitions, most notably “Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture”, a significant exhibition of work by Australian and British jewellery artists which is currently touring Australia until August 2015.
He has a particular interest in how artists and designers think and act, especially how creativity is informed by drawing and the haptic process: the way our brains react to materials and their unique properties. His book “Jewellery Design and Development: from concept to object”, published by Bloomsbury in 2013, examines the creative processes of several international jewellery artists as they record specific projects from ideas generation through to completed objects.