Gabrielle Kennedy


Design and architecture journalist Gabrielle Kennedy has been critically commenting on design cultures for the last decade. She was the Japan correspondent for POL Oxygen and contributed to Icon, The Australian, the Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and Black & White.

Now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands she is the features editor at and has contributed to WGSN and written essays for various books on design and contemporary culture like the critically acclaimed Open Design Now. Her interest in design spans disciplines – for jewellery she has written extensively on the Dutch scene from avant-garde artist Emmy van Leersum to Ted Noten and more recent Design Academy graduates like Sayaka Yamamoto and Jody Kocken.

Curating for & Sparkles she has sought out objects that marry a strong concept with a refined aesthetic. It is always fascinating to bring the experimental nature of high-end conceptual jewellery design back to wearable objects that appeal to real women.

Jeannette ten Kate


& Sparkles curator Jeannette ten Kate was trained at Sotheby’s after receiving her masters in art history from the University of Leiden in 1988.

In 1989 she joined Glerum Auctioneers as the responsible specialist in modern and contemporary art. In 1990 she took on the South East Asian Pictures department where she organised several auctions in Singapore and published articles in several books and magazines.

In 1999 she left the auction business to start her own business “Sinopia Art Consultancy”. She advises select clients on buying and selling in the national and international art-market and visits annually art fairs like Art Basel, Frieze, Armory Show, Art Cologne, Art Brussels, Art Hong Kong, Singapore Art Stage, SH Contemporary Art Fair, Art Dubai and auctions in New York, London and Hong Kong. She also attends leading art events like Documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennial.

For Sinopia she organizes master-classes about how to evaluate and recognize quality, and generally how to find your way in the art world.

In 2006 she founded an investment fund for Chinese contemporary art: “Sinopia East Asia Fine Arts Collection”.

In 2009 she became director of the Art’s Club, a closed society for art collectors, that organizes exclusive events for members all over the world.

As a guest speaker she gives lectures for many Dutch companies and organisations, and at international symposia, generally about art and the art market.

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