Lecture Theatre, Level 3 Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston streets Carlton 3053
4 September 10am-4pm
Artists, wearers, curators and critics of contemporary jewellery and object give short presentations in this one-day event, hosted by RMIT Design Hub.
Hear about what excites and inspires them: their favourite shows, artists, or pieces; anecdotes and tall tales; their perspective on the past and thoughts on the future.
The day will also include a Collector's Session, with national and international collectors of contemporary jewellery and object sharing their personal perspectives on the art form.
Tara Brady (NZ) will also present her interactive performance Hang me out to dry throughout the course of the day.
Speakers Laila Marie Costa, Anna Davern, Michelle Genders, Luke Maninov Hammond, Dr Kevin Murray, Garth O'Brien, Nellie Peoples, Robyn Phelan, Katie Scott, Caitlin Seymour-King, Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland
Artist Tara Brady
About the speakers
Luke Maninov Hammond is an artist and imaging scientist based in Brisbane, Australia. His practice examines the shared features that define the living and the organic and is heavily influenced by his continuing work in the fields of biomedical imaging and neuroscience. Currently, Luke’s work is focused on representing neural form and states of consciousness as the brain changes from borth through to death using reflections of floral and animal anatomy.
The Queensland Brain Institute is using fluorescence microscopy to examine the wiring and functioning of the brain. Luke will briefly explore some of the imaging being used to understand consciousness and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease.
Currently completing her Masters in Visual Arts at ANU, Caitlin Seymour-King is interested in how designed objects and environments can enrich human wellbeing. She takes a special interest in the relationship between body, space, object, and meaning.
Caitlin will discuss the role of the sentimental object in our lives and how the contemporary designer can learn and translate from this very powerful relationship.
Dr Kevin Murray is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and co-author of Place and Adornment: A History of Australasian Contemporary Jewellery.
Radiant Pavilion puts Melbourne in the calendar of international jewelry festivals, the key event being Schmuck in Munich. At the same time, Chile is hosting the South American jewelry festival EnConstrucción in Valparaiso. What are the unique contributions that these festivals might make to the world of contemporary jewellery?
Garth O’Brien is a lawyer whose practice is based in Te Awamutu. He has been buying contemporary jewellery since the early 1980s, initially as gifts for his then wife. O’Brien is the possessor of a considerable visual arts collection and he developed a pattern of visiting both contemporary art and contemporary jewellery destinations in whatever city he found himself, as he was travelling to Auckland and Wellington regularly for work. He says “As I have had no art history training my way of putting things together is intuitive, largely influenced by looking, questioning and filtering.
Garth is interested in the hobby of collecting. He will speak about putting together a collection of New Zealand and International contemporary jewellery, and the pleasure of wearing.
Robyn Phelan is a ceramic artist and writer based in Melbourne. She has been a visual arts teacher, worked at Craft Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and at Museum’s Australia. Robyn is also the Treasurer and founding member of the Bluestone Collection. Conceived in 2010, the ambition of the Bluestone Collection is to support contemporary craft practice and encourage a high standard of exhibition work within Victoria by the acquisition of exemplary craft.
During the Insights Collectors Session, Robyn will speak about the process of establishing a non-for profit association, the acquisition process used and the craft works in the Bluestone Collection.
Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland are young, emerging contemporary jewellers and collectors from Sydney, Australia. Both are Honours candidates in Visual Arts at The University of Sydney.
Judith and Victoria will be speaking about their recent curatorial project Young Collectors: an exhibition of 10 collections held by Australians in their twenties. The curators will discuss several of the collectors involved and some insights they have drawn from the project.
About the artist
Tara Brady is a Wellington based jeweller and artist. Her work is intuitively made as an outlet to assimilate and process life. She is fascinated by individual vulnerability, and the beauty found in the imperfections of human relationships. Her work often irreverently references pop culture iconography, language and sayings. These influences transform the work into souvenirs of a subculture brimming with dark humour, free from any sense of saccharine sentimentality. theseehere.com