Manuel Vilhena . Programme Leader

Jim Cooper|Steve Meades . Consultants

Ozra Kallian . Concept Development

Raoul Perroux . Assistant

Postcon was founded in 1999 by Manuel Vilhena, Teacher, Contemporary Jeweller, Adult Educator, Chef and Bicycle mechanic, not necessarily in that order.

Postcon was set up initially to promote Post-Contemporary Jewellery and other far-fetched ideas. Some of those are explicated in Manuel's book "Do you speak Jewellery?" (1998), a seminal text for Contemporary Jewellery theory, one of the first ever to be produced showing a theoretical approach to making jewellery and the repository of ideas such as E=mc3 (Einstein's mistake), Jewellery as language, etc.

Nowadays, Postcon promotes quality educational programmes based on the latest findings from diverse fields of human knowledge. Programmes are continuously being updated.

Manuel was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in the late 60's and started making Jewellery in his teens learning from master craftsmen in Brazil and Italy. He completed his training as a classical goldsmith in 1989 and worked in Italy in a small family owned workshop for many years.

He studied Contemporary Jewellery in Cologne, Germany, with Prof. Skubic, and at the Royal College of Art, London, under Prof. Watkins, where he completed his Master's degree in 1998.

He has taught extensively at educational institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, London, Hiko Mizuno College, Tokyo; Silpakorn University, Bangkok; AR.CO., Lisbon, Alpe-Adria University, Klagenfurt, the Shenkar College, Tel-Aviv and the Alchimia School, Florence, where he was senior lecturer for six years. He was workshop leader at the Salzburg Summer Academy for two years and held a Professorship at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts for four years, having worked there for a total of seven years.

His artwork has been on show worldwide can and be seen in several books on Contemporary Jewellery. It is also present in some public/private collections, including the Danner Rotunde, Munich, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the MUDE Design Museum, Lisbon and a few others.

Since 2015 he has been engaged in educational projects, some of which you can find on this website. In 2019 he completed a Master's Degree in Adult Education (Lisbon University).

He practises worldwide, aiming at developing people's personal autonomy, critical thinking, social praxis and creative potential through the arts.
He is an entertaining lecturer and most of what he says is true.

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