Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Big Week for Jewellery in Melbourne

So much going on!

This Tuesday 31 July is the opening of five new jewellery exhibitions: a great night to make the rounds of the city galleries.

Blanche Tilden's Wearable Cities opens Tuesday at Gallery Funaki, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run until 25 August.

 Blanche Tilden's Wearable Cities (exhibition media from Gallery Funaki)

Pieces of Eight presents David Neale's Love Letters also opening Tuesday from 6-8pm. This exhibition runs until 1 September. RSVPs for this opening are essential: email by Monday 30 July.

David Neale's Love Letters (exhibition media from Pieces of Eight)

Three gold and silversmithing exhibitions by RMIT students and alumni open Tuesday at First Site Gallery: Wondernamel is an exhibition of RMIT student enamelling, Doko he iku? is a solo exhibition by RMIT's 2011 Maggie Fairweather Undergraduate Gold & Silversmithing Residency Award winner Naoko Inuzuka, and Urbanhabits is a solo show by RMIT graduate Bin Dixon-Ward.

These three openings will be held from 5:30 - 7:30pm and run until 10 August, with artist talks at 1pm Friday 10 August. First Site Gallery is located in the Storey Hall basement, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

On Thursday 2 August from 5-6pm, New Zealand jeweller Warwick Freeman will give a free lecture about his practice at RMIT City Campus Building 10 (Swanston Street), Level 11, Room 3.

The launch of Craft Victoria's annual Craft Cubed festival is also on Thursday night from 6-8pm at Craft Victoria. RSVP is essential: email by Monday 30 July. Craft Cubed runs throughout August, with a number of associated exhibitions, workshops, seminars, open studios and other events. More on the festival soon...

Friday 3 August is the RMIT Practice as a Site for Enquiry III: Unexpected Pleasures: Exposed seminar, beginning at the NGV International and finishing with a panel discussion at RMIT's Kaleide Theatre. The third annual Practice as a Site for Enquiry seminar will look at the capacity of contemporary jewellery to absorb meaning through making, wearing and belonging, with keynote speaker Dr Susan Cohn, curator of Unexpected Pleasures, and panel members Warwick Freeman, Manon van Kouswijk, Dr Karin Findeis, Simon Cottrell, Roseanne Bartley and Katie Scott. The seminar will be followed by celebration drinks at the three gold and silversmithing exhibitions at First Site Gallery from 4:30-6:30pm. Registration is $20 / $10 students before 31 July or $25 / $15 students (cash only) at the door. To register contact or for more information contact or visit

Also on now is Julia Deville's confronting new taxidermy-based exhibition Sarcophagus at Sophie Gannon Gallery, looking at the way we eat and use animals in our society, highlighting the negative/unknown aspects of the meat, dairy and poultry industries while trying to illustrate ethical options. This exhibition runs until 1 September. 
 Custard, Julia Deville (exhibition media)

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