Media whore

Two interviews doesn’t really live up to the title, but I _had_ to!

As of 9:05 am today, I’m doing two media appearances in the coming days. Tomorrow I’m scheduled to be on RTRFM radio at around 10:30am (AWST), on the Artbeat program with Bec Bowman. I’ll be talking about my work Juukan Tears and about the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in general. That interview will hopefully be archived after it has run, so you can listen to it live via radio or streaming through the website, or check it out later online via the Artbeat link above.

Then on Sunday the 3rd of October I’ll record a segment for local a TV show The Couch with Fred Mafrica, again talking about my work at John Curtin Gallery and all things IOTA. That’s going to be a very relaxed conversation on a hyper-local show, so should be fun!

Connexions tonight!

A-US brooch 01 – found steel, hand-mixed grey vitreous enamel

Connexions exhibition opening is tonight!
Thursday September 30th
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gallery Central: 12 Aberdeen St, Perth.

Opening address by Katherine Kalaf.
Artists: Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Halle, Eden Lennox, and Sultana Shamshi.
Connexions is honoured to be a festival event of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial – IOTA21 and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries. IOTA21 is also sponsored by (my former employer – as an interior architect) Lotterywest!

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

Feel free to bring a friend!

Opening and artist’s talk

Suddenly free at 6pm tonight? Opening in a few hours is IOTA21: Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday at the John Curtin Gallery. Register here and I’ll see you there!

Alternatively (or indeed while you’re at that link), RSVP to join us for the artist talk on Sunday. Full details below:

Below are a couple of snaps of the JCG install team. They’re wonderful, beautiful, art-loving install nerds. Thank you all for your perseverance, the piece looks magic!

Talkfest 2021

Here we go…

The Value Chains JMGA online conference begins tomorrow evening (AEST) with Simon Cottrell, the co-chair of the original and postponed conference, and includes Roseanne Bartley, Claire McArdle, Julia Wild, Jonathan Zalakos and Joanna Zellmer. This is followed by matt lambert with “Other People’s Business: What makes a material new and what does it mean to use a material from someone else’s value chain?” In their talk matt will invite individual presentations by Kelly Macdonald, Victoria Mcintosh, Zoe Brand with a panel discussion chaired by matt. Can’t wait to see them, they’ve moved country to pursue their PhD since we last met face-to-face!

what a way to kick off, no?

Successive weeks and months will see a host of other jewellers from all over, obviously predominantly from Aus/NZ, gracing our screens. Representing WA on the 21st of September will be Sarah Elson and I, speaking about our new works on display (by then) as a part of IOTA21. Tickets for the whole series are available now and the lineup is listed at the Garland website. I am told that the Airmeet platform will be able to replay sessions on demand.

Speaking of IOTA21 and September…

I will be part of a panel at the IOTA21 Futuring Craft Conference. “Gestures of Welcome; exploring jewellery as a gesture of welcome in response to Australian immigration policy” is conveyned by Belinda Newick, and includes on the panel contemporary jewellers; Mel Young (NSW), Lauren Simeoni (SA), Vicki Mason (VIC), Melissa Cameron (WA); CEO of Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Shaheen Hughes (WA) and another speaker TBC.

FYI – the conference runs in Fremantle and Bentley to take in both IOTA venues, so on Friday the 17th it’s at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, while on Sat it’s at at Curtin University. We’ll be speaking Saturday, 18 September 12:00 pm – 12:55 pm, Room 201 BLDG 501 – Education Building. Tickets here, more info (oh yeah, and there’s a fashion show at Boola Bardip on Sunday too!) at the link above!

You’ll have hopefully seen about town that the Fremantle Arts Centre opening of IOTA21 will be on Friday the 17th, (conference day 1), and I have it on good authority that the John Curtin Gallery (JCG) opening will be happening the week before. I also have penciled in for the JCG opening weekend a Sunday artists and curators talk at the Gallery, on the 12th of September. (That’s still subject to final confirmation, so keep that one on the down low for now, ok?)

And in case you haven’t heard enough from me…

Connexions is finally going to have its grand peacock moment, when the now-expanded exhibition debuts at Gallery Central at Northwest Metropolitan Tafe on Thursday the 30th of September, from 5:30pm. For the opening night we are excited to have secured Australian jewellery luminary Katherine Kalaf to kick of proceedings. Following on from that, we have our artist talk in the gallery on Saturday the 2nd of October at 12pm (hopefully including a zoom component – stay tuned for further details). Further dates and times for the show at the IOTA21 website.

And once I’m done with all that I’ll be taking a vow of silence!

IOTA21

The Indian Ocean Triennial Australia 2021 is coming! I must’ve mentioned it a bit, in passing at least, as my new work Juukan Tears will debut as a part of the festival when it opens in September.

But what is it?

Well, it’s a presentation of new works from a curated selection of artists from all over the Indian Ocean region. To show these works the Indian Ocean Triennial Australia curatorial team has collaborated with two major WA galleries; the Fremantle Arts Centre and the John Curtin Gallery.

And it’s also a huge series of satellite events (which includes the Aussie debut of the Connexions exhibition), and a massive opening weekend and a conference.

Shall we cut to an audio-visual for all-round better explanation?

IOTA21 Artist & Program Launch from IOTA21 on Vimeo.

BTW, if you’re missing my dulcet tones in your ear, stay at least until 45 seconds in, and if you want those sonorous tones (big irony here team, I’m even more high-pitched than usual, shall we say I was attempting to be heard over the waves..?) accompanied by my visage – and hands – (I’m talking with them of course!) stick with it for at least 1 minute!

still from the IOTA21 launch film – my don’t those jewels look familiar?
(lets not even mention the shoes!)

To stay up-to-date with the artists involved and the timetable of events you gotta see the IOTA21 website. And start making your plans to see world-class art all around Perth in September.

The Neck / / Craft ACT

I’m in The Neck, a group show in Canberra, thanks to Bridget Kennedy of the eponymous Project Space in Sydney. It was meant to be last year, timed to coincide with the JMGA conference. In fact, it looks as though this whole programme was. Go see it if you can; there’s a lot of talent (and my friends!) in this room.

text below courtesy Craft ACT

You’re invited // Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre warmly invites you to join us for the opening of:

Making: A Way of Life
Alison Jackson and Dan Lorrimer

Small Connections
Danielle Barrie, Daria Fox, Emma Cuppleditch, Erin Daniell, Gretal Ferguson, Kath Inglis, Katherine Grocott, Polly Dymond, Sarra Tzijan and Zoe Grigoris

Body Layer; Semblance and Self
Zoe Brand, Roseanne Bartley, Liesbet Bussche, Jing He, Cara Johnson, Lauren Kalman, Matt Lambert, Claire McArdle, Kristina Neumann, Tiffany Parbs and Halie Rubenis. Curator: Simon Cottrell

and

The Neck
Vivien Atkinson, Roseanne Bartley, Macarena Bernal, Vernon Bowden, Zoe Brand, Melissa Cameron, Anna Davern, Pennie Jagiello, Cara Johnson, Bridget Kennedy, Claire McArdle and Melinda Young. Curator: Bridget Kennedy

To be opened by: Tara Cheyne MLA, ACT Minister for the Arts, with guest speaker Oliver Smith, respected silversmith and senior lecturer at University of Sydney

Opening –
Thursday 27 May. Exhibitions will continue until 17 July.

Craft ACT’s gallery, exhibitions and shop are open five days a week.
Tuesday-Friday from 10am-5pm
+
Saturday 12pm-4pm
Level 1 North Building 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT 2601

If you are in the area, look out for the artist talk too:

Friday 28 May, 12-12.45pm
at Craft ACT gallery
Free, bookings essential

Today’s Q + A

For your delectation and delight, I present the live stream feed from today, conveniently queued up to the start of our q + a chat! We chatted, we answered questions, we got off topic (prompted by a comment, though) and I ranted, just a little.

As you would guess there’s 1 hr 24 mins of me grinding and making before this point, and after we’re done – there’s about an hour of talking – we get back to same, gradually finishing this piece. In that one hour we’re talking about the process, the reasons why we’re streaming at all, the changes to the studio between streams and how we plan to get this work out of this place and into the gallery, making this a good addition to the original Q + A we did in February (also below, so you can fully appreciate our changing hair styles.)

As you can note even in the screen grabs you see now, the major differences are 1/ the size of the work on the left hand size of the room, and 2/ the fact that today we were masked while talking. It’s not ideal, so I am sorry about that, but we were on schedule to have masks off indoors on when I planned this chat. Owing to a new COVID-19 case, that region-wide directive changed late Saturday afternoon. We got off ok, really, the football had to be played without a live audience so we were just foloowing the same rules, and are obviously just as popular 😉

Thanks for checking in, or at least enjoying the screen grabs, and I’ll be back in touch soon when I finish this piece. Very soon!

xx m

Live stream q + a soon!

Juukan Tears – wip, 2021

Today! 3 May 10:30 am Perth time or in your zone at:
Auckland – 2:30 pm
New York – 10:30 pm*
Sydney -12:30 pm
Calgary – 8:30 pm*
Los Angeles – 7:30 pm*
/ / /
I’ll be chatting about my work in a live q+a on my YouTube channel*at this live link*
It will remain available to re-stream indefinitely.
Email your queries now, or pop them in the live-chat window as we go.

*Sunday 2nd May

humble apologies

to anyone who got sent to Twitch instead of YouTube by clicking on my link yesterday, I’m really sorry. I don’t know where the twitch link came from – I had that URL in a draft of one of my posts for a tiny moment, 6 weeks ago! I did make the mistake of copying an pasting from a previous post, but it was the published version that links to YouTube! Be aware folks, the internet NEVER forgets…

On the upside, we had a great q+a with a bunch of email questions and live questions from Instagram thanks to my dm’s, and you can go back in time to catch it all here:

And we will be live again on Monday, right here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MelissaCameron-artist

tomorrow!

Come chat with me on YouTube for an hour!

pretty much what you can expect, but with more talking to camera

Live now: https://youtu.be/Zzsu3Q2_bks

Details: go to my YouTube channel where you can click on the live-stream and in the chat window type in a question for us to answer. Yes, us! Susannah Kings-Lynne will be there too.

11am at GMT +8, (though the feed will be running from about 9am as usual) which is maybe not your time, but hopefully your time is listed here:

7 p.m.: Seattle **Thurs 18th
10 p.m.: Philadelphia **Thurs 18th
3 a.m.: UK **Fri 19th
4 a.m.: Italy
8:30 a.m.: India
11 a.m.: Perth/China/Singapore
1 p.m.: Brisbane
2 p.m.: Melbourne/Sydney
4 p.m.: New Zealand

Look forward to answering your questions 🙂