… is an Australian-based cluster of ‘research jewellery’ artists. Its aims are two-fold…
1/ The outward-looking goal is to facilitate innovative projects and exhibitions in order to engage other artists and the general public with ‘research jewellery’*. It seeks to develop audiences beyond the usual means, to complement the nature of works produced by displaying them outside the traditional gallery and exhibition narrative, and to form a more challenging framework for audience interaction.
2/ At a more grass-roots level, regular meetings and excursions are held in order to generate technical discussion and critical discourse of jewellery practice between the PART B members (aka ‘particles’).
* Research jewellery investigates form, function, materials and the social engagement of jewellery. It also asks an audience to participate with it, to question its purpose and placement, to think about its context and to join in a dialogue that further defines a practice.
What’s in a name?
Like the catalyst used to make epoxy resin (referred to as ‘part b’), we are a small addition that affects change. Lofty hopes, indeed, but mom always said to aim high.
Text kindly provided by Christine Scott-Young.