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.

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.

Sanatçılar:
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.

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!

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.

To book CLICK HERE

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!

IOTA21 at John Curtin Gallery

From the JCG invitation email:

Mr Chris Malcolm, Director JCG, invites you to the opening of:

The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday

6.00pm – 8.00pm Thursday 9 September 2021

To be opened by Dr Casta Tungaraza
Tanzania’s Tourism Goodwill Ambassador in Australia

Welcome to Country by Ms Glenda Kickett, Whadjuk Nyungar yorga.

REGISTER

Exhibition Opening
6.00pm to 8.00pm Thursday 9 September 2021

The exhibition continues from 10 September – 31 October 2021

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate in this event, please advise when you RSVP. We will contact you to provide assistance. For more information about disability services at Curtin, please visit disability.curtin.edu.au. Make tomorrow better.

I invite you to come and see the debut of my new work, Juukan Tears, in the Triennial for which it was commissioned. I’ll be there at the opening so please do say hi!

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.

New work at JCG – Bentley

titanium double-quatrefoil hook earrings
point-line stainless and enamelled studs
titanium quatrefoil studs

After being back home in WA for well over two years, I am proud to finally have a local Perth stockist! Find a broad selection of my work, including the earrings above and many more, at the store in the John Curtin Gallery on the main Curtin University campus.

JCG – John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A
Curtin University
Kent Street
Bentley, Western Australia 6102
Phone +61 8 9266 4155
Email gallery@curtin.edu.au

Public opening hours
During exhibitions only
:
Monday to Friday: 12 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm

Thanks to all the gallery staff for their support, and I look forward to sending more fun things your way in the coming months as we lead up to the IOTA21 launch in September.

Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve shared the IOTA21 launch film yet. Whoops! Next up, the IOTA launch film with cameos from some of your favourite craft Perthlings. (And if you only know one craftizen in Perth, there chance of seeing her is very high!)

The Neck – Craft ACT

Hiya team. Apologies for that last cryptic post – with bonus secret password window – on the main blog stream. I feel like a right fool but now the url is attached to an application I can’t change it until adjudication finishes. If it’s any consolation most of the content was taken from last year’s Everything Must Go, with images taken from yet another post to bulk it out.

And to placate my own ego let me mention that I had managed to add an entire new section to the Works/CV page a little while ago without anyone noticing 😉 That was in lieu of smartening up my website (I’ve given up promising a date for that; soon, just soon) for another application. In that case I was not successful (asking a mining company for funds to protest another mining company was probably seen more as trolling than as a unique artistic concept) but at least the work I did is useful longer-term as an introduction to my current practice.

If you’re new around these parts why not check it out.

And in other news, a recent Craft ACT emailer used my image to promote The Neck, a show I have a work in at the moment. I’ll post their text in full below. I’ll soon be in another show just outside Canberra, thanks to Bilk. More news on that soon.

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resilience, 2016. flattened firearm, steel chain. melissa cameron.

The Neck //

Buy the works / Catalogue / Video tourArtist biographies + statements / EssayPhoto gallery

Vivien Atkinson | Roseanne Bartley | Macarena Bernal | Vernon Bowden | Zoe Brand | Melissa Cameron | Anna Davern |  Pennie Jagiello | Cara Johnson | Bridget Kennedy | Claire McArdle | Melinda Young

Curator Bridget Kennedy 

The neck, often seen as a sensual part of the body, a site of vulnerability, is also a site of strength, supporting the heavy head, a conduit to our heart and lungs, providing life giving oxygen to our bodies, and nourishment through the ingestion of food. At a time when our planet and humanity seems to be suffocating on many fronts, strangled by powerful, self serving ‘leaders’, Bridget Kennedy invites selected artists to explore the neck as a vehicle for political, social, and environmental critique.

Vivien Atkinson is represented by Avid Gallery, Wellington. Melissa Cameron is represented by Bilk Gallery, Canberra.

Minnawarra Art Awards

With all the lockdown and limited-capacity art openings I totally forgot to mention (because I couldn’t go see it launched) that I’m in the Minnawarra Art Awards in Armadale! Shout out to my City of Armadale dwelling and working familiars! (Y’all know who you are.)

The winners have all been announced already – and it’s a who’s who of WA talent, my I assure you, with the incredible Abdul-Rahman Abdullah taking out top honours with a beautiful piece and Rohin Kickett winning the Aboriginal artist award. Check the link, there were more well-earned gongs awarded by the judges.

And check the show, if you can (obviously WA residents only, you’ll not get through quarantine in time from most other places) and if you’re heading over this Wednesday morning, look out for me!

Sunday, 9 May 2021 to Monday, 24 May 2021 – 11am to 4pm

Armadale District Hall
90 Jull Street
Armadale, WA 6112

Connexions officially open!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGSV3TmnGIt/

After a hiccup and a delayed start, we opened our window display in Paris overnight on October the 13th. So you can finally see the (admittedly abbreviated) Connexions in the real! We’re at Galerie Assemblages as a part of the Parcours Bijoux jewellery festival:

66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France

Exhibition dates are being extended so we can keep our 3 week engagement, so likely closing around November 7th.

Hours: We’re a window display open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The original COVID-19 friendly way to see a show! And because we’re clustered in a window there’s a few works we couldn’t fit (ok, more like 3/4 of the show) so please peruse those works at your leisure on our website.

Connexions is coming

Melissa Cameron, Emily Beckley, Eden Lennox, Sultana Shamshi, Fatemeh Bourejeni, Blandine Hallé, photos by Rob Frith – names listed clockwise from top left.

Connexions showcases new contemporary jewellery works by Australian artists Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Hallé, Eden Lennox and Sultana Shamshi. It debuts at the Parcours Bijoux International Triennial in October 2020 at Galerie Assemblages in Paris, France, then travels to the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in Perth, Australia, in 2021.

Exhibition dates: 6 – 25 October 2020

Hours: Window display open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Galerie Assemblages, 66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France

See the expanded exhibition online www.connexions-exhibition.com from the 6th of October (we have a lot of content in development, since we couldn’t use our grants from the DLGSC and Australia Council as they were intended – to travel to France for the opening) and more via the Connexions Instagram page, where we’re sharing nuggets like this:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFY55gHHcMb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And finally, please put the date of our Zoom Artist Talk in the diary: 11am– Sat October 10th, Paris time, or at:

2 a.m.: Seattle
10:00 a.m.: UK
11 a.m.: Paris
1:30 p.m.: Iran
2:30 p.m.: India
5 p.m.: Perth
7 p.m.: Horn Island
8 p.m.: Sydney
10 p.m.: New Zealand

Looking forward to see y’all there!