Jewellery has always been here is the name of an exhibition opening at Adelaide’s Jam Factory today, but despite its title, this show is both innovative and unique.
Although we are familiar with Aboriginal painting and sculpture, printmaking, photography and ceramics, there has been far less focus on the long and rich tradition of Aboriginal jewellery making.
This show is curated by Emily McCulloch Childs working with founder of Pieces of Eight jewellery designers, Melanie Katsalides and jeweller Kate Rohde. Together they have collaborated with jewellery makers at four arts centres across Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait islands to marry indigenous traditions with contemporary materials and processes. The artwork created and the new techniques learnt have the potential of creating new revenue opportunities for Aboriginal communities. Continue Reading
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