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Australian Jewellery 1970 2012


  • Moree Plains Gallery
    Moree NSW
    7 September 3 November 2013
  • Glasshouse Gallery
    Port Macquarie NSW
    22 Nov 2013 2 February 2014
  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
    Port Pirie SA
    28 February 4 May 2014
  • Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
    Murray Bridge SA
    29 August 12 October 2014
  • Devonport Regional Gallery
    Devonport TAS
    8 November 7 December 2014
  • Lake Macquarie City Gallery
    Booragul NSW
    13 March 26 April 2015
  • Artspace Mackay
    Mackay QLD
    22 May 5 July 2015
  • Rockhampton Art Gallery
    Rockhampton QLD
    18 July 23 August 2015
  • Craft ACT
    Canberra ACT
    6 September 20 October 2015




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Image detail above:
Brenda Ridgewell
Space edifice, armband 2002
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2003


The celebration of the local, the regional, the private and the personal, and the value of experience and memory, is territory that many contemporary jewellery designers and makers seek to articulate and make real.

Jewellers preside over the manipulation of materials and the transformation of their meaning and value. Design involves working on a small scale in relation to the intimate site of the human body and exercising advanced craft skills to bring a variety of materials together as desirable and durable objects. The juxtaposition of materials, the recycling of objects and the subversion of traditions can also bring a new understanding to familiar forms and imbue everyday materials with a poetic presence.

This exhibition includes the work of 42 Australian jewellers exploring jewellery from a number of viewpoints within six broad themes: Romanticism, Interpreting the Vernacular, Encapsulating Nature, Technics, Social Message and Sculpture for the Body. All of the works are from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Educational Material


Brenda Ridgewell
Space edifice, armband 2002
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2003