Joyaviva continues its journey

Joyaviva- A show featuring new collaborative works between Melissa and Jill Hermans amongst many others, has reached Sydney and opens soon (July 2012)

Following on from the Melbourne showing earlier this year, JOYAVIVA: Live jewellery from across the Pacific is now going on display at the UTS Gallery in Sydney from the 31st of July until the 31st of August 2012.

from the latest invitation;

Jacqui Chan Brooch from Host A Brooch in action, 2011, cable, silver

Curated by Kevin Murray, Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific is an exhibition of beautiful, potent objects that recover the power of jewellery in our world.

Made by a new wave of jewellers from Australia, New Zealand and Chile, each of the pieces on display is ‘alive’ as a device for sharing hopes and responding to our fears – ranging from threat of earthquakes to success in a school exam. Created from diverse materials, these objects link people together – transforming private wishes into shared stories.

Melissa Cameron, Jill Hermans, Caz Guiney, Maryann Talia Pau, Jin ah Jo, Blanche Tilden, Alice Whish (Australia)
Jacqui Chan, Ilse-Marie Erl, Sarah Read, Gina Ropiha, Areta Wilkinson, Matthew Wilson, Katheryn Yeats (Aotearoa / New Zealand)
Guillermina Atunez, Francisco Ceppi, Analya Cespedes, Carolina Hornauer, Massiel Mariel, Angela Cura Mendes, Valentina Rosenthal, WALKA STUDIO (Chile)

Level 4, Peter Johnson Building, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW, Australia
Open Monday – Friday 12-6pm

Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific was shown at RMIT in Feb 2012. It will be touring to Objectspace Auckland (NZ), Santiago and Valparaiso (Chile), Jalsuri Foundation (Bolivia) and Mexico City, Mexico
Joyaviva is a project associated with the Ethical Design Laboratory, a research area of RMIT Centre for Design. Supported by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations and Creative NZ

I got to see the first incarnation of the exhibition in Melbourne in February 2012 and I’m actually very interested to see how it comes together in a different venue. The Part B crew and myself had a discussion that centred on the perceived robustness of the colouring and display devices in the RMIT gallery. Touring exhibitions are a rare beast, and have very different design parameters to one-off shows, especially if you are keen to keep an exhibition such as this – which has so much ephemera connected to the displays – in line.

I was actually gifted with one of my own pendants – a Battery Backup piece – when I attended the artist talk for the exhibition back in March. I arrived promptly at 12:55 pm for a session that I soon found out had started 55 minutes earlier. Whoops! In my defense, I was just 2 days off flying to Seattle having packed all of my belongings into a large shipping container in the preceding two days. I wore the work all the way to Seattle, and took it off on my arrival. I now see the piece often, as it lives in my bedroom, but I rarely wear it. It somehow seems tainted with the chaos of that week…

For more stories about what happened to the pieces we made, please check out our C3 project blog.

Given my current (lack of) proximity to Sydney I guess I’m going to have to wait for some images or a review to find out what the show looks like now. Might I suggest, if you’re interested, please update me in the comments!