Arthan Gallery in Istanbul

From Co+Lab, Declaration of Sentiments finally opens in Istanbul!

We are pleased to invite you to the exhibition of Declaration of Sentiments. Curated by CoplusLab, Snem Yildirim, Burcu Sülek, Nevin Arig and supervised by Can Akgumus the exhibition will take place at Arthan Gallery in Istanbul between
16 – 31 December!
Opening Thursday 16 December, 2 – 8 PM.

Focusing on women’s struggle, the exhibition brings together twenty international female artists, and deals with jewellery not only as an ornamental object but as a conceptual art piece. Showing for the first time in Turkey, the exhibition is in a sense taking part in international solidarity with the developments related to the Istanbul Convention, which is followed closely by the participating artists.

Nevin Arig, Erica Bello, Sofia Björkman, Klara Brynge, Jessica Calderwood, Melissa Cameron, Cata Gilbert, Gesine Hackenberg, Ya Jie Hu, Mari Ishikawa, Helena Lethi, Anna Lewis, Eija Mustonen, Sondra Sherman, Burcu Sülek, Niki Stylianou, Fatima Tocornal Garcia, Tarja Tuupanen, Eva Van Kempen, Snem Yildirim.

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Küratörlüğünü ( Sinem Yıldırım, Burcu Sülek, Nevin Arığ) nın, danışmanlığını Can Akgümüş’ ün yaptığı “Duygular Bildirisi” sergisi 16-31 Aralık tarihleri arasında Arthan Galeride görülebilir.

Açılış 16 Aralık 2021
Saat 14 – 20 arası.

Sergi kadın mücadelesini odağa alarak uluslararası yirmi kadın sanatçıyı biraraya getirirken takıyı salt bir süs nesnesi olarak değil kavramsal bir sanat nesnesi olarak ele alıyor. Türkiye’de izleyicilerle ilk defa buluşacak olan sergi katılımcı sanatçıların yakından takip ettiği İstanbul Sözleşmesi ile ilgili gelişmelere bir anlamda uluslararası dayanışmada yer aliyor.

Nevin Arig, Erica Bello, Sofia Björkman, Klara Brynge, Jessica Calderwood, Melissa Cameron, Cata Gilbert, Gesine Hackenberg, Ya Jie Hu, Mari Ishikawa, Helena Lethi, Anna Lewis, Eija Mustonen, Sondra Sherman, Burcu Sülek, Niki Stylianou, Fatima Tocornal Garcia, Tarja Tuupanen, Eva Van Kempen, Snem Yildirim.

Arthan Gallery
Arap Cami Mah. Kürekçiler Kapısı Sk, No:47/7  Kurşunlu Han,
Karaköy, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

21st C Caltrop #4. Non-stick baking pan, stainless steel. 2020.

Bilk Solstice open hours + a Brooch for Tom

Solstice celebrations
Friday 3 December and Saturday 4 December 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

Please join us at dusk for a celebration and viewing of our fabulous Solstice exhibition together with light refreshments. With a little luck the late afternoon celebrations will bring a sunset reflecting in the dams. 

For those unable to visit us at Bilk Gallery, the complete new collection is available on-line: 

Gallery Hours:  Friday and Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm or by appointment until Saturday 18 December  2021. Please contact us to make an appointment by either calling 0433694669 or 02 62329411.

Directions: 403 Captains Flat Road Carwoola – 4 km from the roundabout. Prepare to turn left after the second 90 km sign. There is an electric gate with a big B for Bilk. Press the button to open the gate and follow the directions at the top of the driveway for the gallery. The gallery is located on the right of the building.

Bilk Gallery

My new works include this piece, made from street sweeper blades I have collected around the City of Perth and suburbs.

Brooch for Tom

Tom Cameron was my grandfather. After training as a pilot in Canada the 40’s he came back to Perth and took a job as a street sweeper. From tending to the streets he ended up making them with his earth moving business, and helping to change how people saw them with his work with the Lions Eye Institute. He eventually had a small park named after him in the suburbs, for his charitable works.

Brooch for Tom. Street sweeper blades, titanium, mild steel, stainless steel. 2021

Brooch for Tom (reverse). Street sweeper blades, titanium, mild steel, stainless steel. 2021. 300mm x 60mm x 6mm

farewell studio (for now) sale

Dear Friends,

For those not in the know, the current configuration of my studio is soon to be disassembled and rebuilt. A new studio, part of our new and more sustainable home, will take its place over the coming year or so.

If you have ever wanted to come up and see it for yourself (in better resolution than what was on the studio livestream earlier this year) now is your last opportunity!

And of course I’ll also have a range of my works on display 😉

Join me in December on:

Friday the 10th, 11am – 5pm
Saturday the 11th, 11am – 5pm – also our Christmas celebration with bubbles and nibbles!
Friday the 17th, 11am – 5pm
Saturday the 18th, 11am – 5pm

and other times between these by appointment.

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to friends and loved ones. I look forward to seeing you soon.

x Melissa

(please email for the address, fellow Perthlings)

Solstice exhibition

Image collection:
Vicki Mason, Winter Wattle Brooch, powder coated brass, linen, cotton, fabric pen. 60 x 30  mm
Melissa Cameron, Sunset Study Necklace, found steel tyre ring, vitreous enamel. 2mm diameter chain, 400mm diameter circle.
Zachery Lechtenberg, Cluster Brooch 1, copper, Silver, Steel, enamel. 50 x 10 mm
Mio Kuhnen, Fritillary Butterfly Brooch, Champlevé enamel, copper, stainless steel. 38 x 43 x 18 mm
Claire McArdle, Small Tools for Change (Swift Parrots), 2021. Recycled red ironbark (Eucalyptus tricarpa), car exhaust, leather cord. 155 x 40 x3 5mm 

Solstice – celebration marking the beginning of summer and the new year coming.

Opened last Saturday, 13 November 2021

Aurélie Guillaume, Bic Tieu, Claire McArdle, Carlier Makigawa, Daniel DiCaprio, David Walker, Eugenie Keefer Bell, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Julie Blyfield, Kath Inglis, Marian Hosking, Mio Kuhnen, Melissa Cameron, Sean O’Connell, Vicki Mason and Zachery Lechtenberg.

This year we wanted to mark the end of the year by celebrating the beginning of summer and a new year coming. Through winter we have been looking forward to when shadows become shorter and warm days linger. This year has been a hard road for many of us and we wanted to focus on the positive and look towards the renewal of the new year coming through the summer solstice. 

For this exhibition there are new collections of works by many of our artists and a few new artists to join us at Bilk.  We look forward to showing these new collections to you as well as celebrating the summer solstice.​

For those unable to visit us at Bilk Gallery, the complete new collection is available on-line.​

Gallery Hours:  Friday and Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm or by appointment until Saturday 18 December 2021. To view the collection of Artists at Bilk Gallery, please make a private appointment by contacting us via email or telephone: 0433694669.

Juukan Tears – last days to see!

a 2-min snapshot of making Juukan Tears

There is but a few short days left to see my work Juukan Tears at the John Curtin Gallery as a part of IOTA21 in Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday. If you’re not gonna make it (who even travels any more? I can’t – really, I’m in WA and state daddy says no…) I thought I’d show you what people who visit the gallery get to see on a big screen in the video rotation.

If you haven’t seen it but were planning to, the gallery is open today until Friday, and again for the last time on Sunday 31/10/21.

Connexions closes tomorrow

Connexions opening – l to r
Blandine Halle, Melissa Cameron, Katherine Kalaf, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Eden Lennox, Sultana Shamshi.
Missing but hopefully soon to visit – Emily Beckley. Image – Courtenay Cameron

Connexions is in its last days – today it’s open 11am – 4:30pm and then it opens for the last time tomorrow from 12 -2:30pm.

We will always have the website, and I will update that with images from the installation soon, but in the mean time, if you can, stop by the gallery, grab a catalogue (lovingly folded for you by our team of artists!) and see all the new works that were made for this iteration of our exhibition.

Big thanks to Katherine Kalaf, as seen pictured above, for elevating our opening with her presence.

Thank you again to everyone who has visited and purchased works, we appreciate all of your support. In such strange times we are grateful, very grateful, to have your feet grace our doorstep.

Connexions in Perth!

The Connexions artist team are proud to invite you to their exhibition, to be opened by Katherine Kalaf on Thursday the 30th of September 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen St, Perth.

Connexions is honoured to be a festival event of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial – IOTA21 and features works by jewellery artists Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Halle, Eden Lennox, and Sultana Shamshi.

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 4.30pm & Saturday: 12pm – 2:30pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 2 October 12pm

More details in the invitation images above. Please remember to RSVP to the opening: and of course please invite your friends!

Looking forward to sharing a drink and a chat at the opening!

Article in Art Guide

Art Guide Australia has an article about the IOTA21 festival online now, and Juukan Tears gets a named checked and an image. Thank you Sheridan Hart for the chat and the mention. There’s other media out there, Art Monthly Australasia and of course the IOTA21 catalogue if you’re keen for more to read about the two main IOTA exhibitions and my work.

Juukan Tears, 2021
Recycled galvanised corrugated steel (from the artist’s back shed), chromed steel chain
2.6m x 4m x 5cm
Photographer: Melissa Cameron

Juukan Tears Offcuts

Juukan Tears – the offcuts

Juukan Tears – Offcuts

After using a jewellers saw that is 0.25mm wide to hand saw around 200m of steel, I linked the cut pieces back together again to form a portrait of the headquarters of the biggest iron ore producer in Australia. To make the portrait, and the 4,600 tears that emanated from it, I cobbled together four separate sheets of recycled corrugated steel. One was swallowed practically whole, while the others left a few offcuts. Some of them were huge sheets with all corrugations intact, and others were small, even dainty. Jewellery scale.

The very limited edition Juukan Tears Offcuts jewellery works are made from these. They are as they fell from the bench, with small jewellery fittings added to make thirty unique and eminently wearable pieces of art.

Juukan Tears Offcuts – jewellery works. MJC 2021

See these at the opening of:
The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial
Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday 

from 6pm Thursday the 9th of September, at the John Curtin Gallery. They will be on sale beside my work Juukan Tears until the 31st of October, the full the duration of the exhibition, or until sold out.

To make inquiries about the works and for a full price list get in touch with the gallery store, or me, and I can put you in contact with the team there.

Juukan Tears Offcuts – brooches and large pins
Juukan Tears Offcuts – earrings and small pins
Juukan Tears Offcuts – necklaces (r) and a neckpiece (l)
Juukan Tears Offcuts – neckpieces

IOTA21 artist/curator talks

Once again from the JCG invitation email;

Saturday 12 September 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Artists’ Talk

Join IOTA21 co-curators Carola Akindele-Obe, Maggie Baxter and Jude van der Merwe in conversation with Melissa Cameron (WA), Garry Sibosado (WA) and Desmond Lazaro (India/VIC) as they discuss their arts practice and the challenges and rewards of creating contemporary craft work within the Indian Ocean region.


There are a few events happening at the JCG over the course of the IOTA21 run at the gallery. Click here to see them and RSVP online. Don’t forget to RSVP for the opening event there too 😉

And because it’s been a lot of text around here of late:

Juukan Tears – panel section wrapped and ready to roll!