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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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!)
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’sEverything 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.
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.
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.
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
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) Connexionsin 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 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:
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
In honour of present-fest 2019 I have made some new jewellery AND I have sent over to the other side of the country some jewellery I made last year that had not been exhibited in Australia before. So industrious!
1/ Bridget Kennedy Project Space
Let me start with the second part first – Bridget Kennedy has come to the conclusion that for the experience-based and consume-less economy there should be an Art-Jewellery bank. Thus the work below – looking fiiiine on a sister of mine – is available at three, yes 3, price points from her gallery this season. A one-week rental, a 4-week rental, and an own-outright price. And if you rent and decide you can’t part with it, the price you have already paid will count against what’s left. Genius!
This is a very short summary of course, and Bridget explains the bigger philosophy around her grand idea here. And you should know that the artists’ ‘bankable’ pieces are supported by other matching works. If this neckpiece is on the large size for you there’s matching pins, earrings and pendants that will also be on display, all for immediate sale.
The opening for Bridget’s of year celebrations Little Forestby Anna Vlahos (another Perth girl out in the world and a personal fave of mine) and The Art Jewellery Bank is Thursday 28th November 5-8pm and is an RSVP event. Get along then or before the 23rd of December to:
53 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 11 – 5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 – 6pm Friday
2/ And then there’s Bilk!
Please join us Saturday 23 November for our end of year exhibition, The Big Dry. Featuring new work by Linda Hughes, Kath Inglis, Chris Bahng, Zoe Brand, Claire McArdle, Vicki Mason, Larah Nott, Thomas O’Hara, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen, Marian Hosking, Jane Reilly, Melissa Cameron, Eugenie Keefer Bell, Sean O’Connell and many more.
In previous years Bilk has celebrated the end of year with White Christmas. This year we asked Artists to think of pressing issues which are affecting the wider community and Australia – the environment, water, biodiversity, wind and drought. Even with the harshest of environments and extremes in climates, there is still a beauty that can be seen through the heat, dust, cracking soils and the transforming colours water can bring.
I have works in two exhibitions starting Thursday and Friday of this week.
If you’re in Melbourne have a great time at #RadPav, I’ll see you at the next one for sure. If you’re in Toowoomba this is my first Contemporary Wearables for a few years (you have to be in Australia to apply). It’s great to be back!
MasterMakers has an invite-only opening on Thursday, with guest speaker Virginia Trioli (!)
Contemporary Wearables ’19 is open to all by RSVP, details on the invitation below. National treasure (and my mentor) Marian Hosking will be at the opening as the judge of the awards. If only I weren’t headed to Canberra the next day. I know the collection of jewellery there is very impressive, I hope to get to see it one day.
MasterMakers at RMIT Gallery:
RMIT Gallery, Building 16, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Since the 1970s, leading Australian and international Gold and Silversmithing artists have delivered and participated in masterclasses in the RMIT School of Art which has had a profound impact on the training of the craft in Australia.
This major exhibition explores the masterclass legacy, showcasing both recent works of the visiting ‘master makers’ and work produced at the master classes, as well as recording the cultural, artistic and technical shift in contemporary jewellery and object.
Curator Mark Edgoose
Featuring artists: Ruby Aitchison, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Robert Baines, Nicholas Bastin, Peter Bauhuis, Dianne Beevers, Doris Betz, Renee Bevan, David Bielander, Julie Blyfield, Zoe Brand, Helen Britton, Sue Buchanan, Melissa Cameron, Bifei Cao, Pamela Chan, Yu Fang Chi, David Clarke, Anna Clynes, Katie Collins, Conversation Piece (Beatrice Brovia & Nicholas Cheng), Anna Davern, Helen Dilkes, Bin Dixon-Ward, Joungmee Do, Mark Edgoose, Sian Edwards, Ian Ferguson, Karl Fritsch, Emi Fukuda, Eli Giannini, Kiko Gianocca, Allona Goren, Rowena Gough, Wayne Guest, Caz Guiney, Marcos Guzman, Mary Hackett, Kirsten Haydon, Peter Hoogeboom, Marian Hosking, Katherine Hubble, Linda Hughes, David Huycke, Naoko Inuzuka, Kazuhiro Itoh, Nicole Jacquard, Tassia Joannides, Cara Johnson, Hermann Jünger, Jiro Kamata, Jung-Hoo Kim, Inari Kiuru, Wendy Korol, Daniel Kruger, Otto Künzli, Andrew Last, Benjamin Lignel, Sue Lorraine, Carlier Makigawa, Stefano Marchetti, Marion Marshall, Chris Massey, Claire McArdle, Kelly McDonald, Lindy McSwan, Sam Mertens, Karl Millard, Yutaka Minegishi, Marc Monzó, Shelley Norton, Michaela Pegum, Jana Roman, Lucy Sarneel, Elise Sheehan, Debbie Sheezel, Bettina Speckner, Michelle Stewart, Leah Teschendorff, Elizabeth Turrell, Renée Ugazio, Manon van Kouswijk, Michael Wong and Aurelia Yeomans.
Contemporary Wearables ’19
531Ruthven St, Toowoomba.
We are honoured to have one of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths, Marian Hosking, selecting this year’s Award Prize winners and making suggestions for collection acquisitions.
The selection panel this year was Simon Cottrell, Lecturer / Researcher, Gold and Silversmithing Workshop, ANU School of Art & Design, Claire Sourgnes CEO Artisan, and Chloë Powell Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Craft Victoria / Co-founder and Director, Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial. The Gallery team is very grateful to them for their valuable contribution in selecting the exhibition.