Calendar: August 2012

31 07 2012

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  • Pieces of Eight, David Neale ‘Love Letters‘ [link]; part of Craft Cubed [link]; “Within the gallery is a new collection of wearable works further investigating this subject, the jewellery pieces evoking a three dimensional love letter.  With love being so lofty, and jewellery being so material, Neale attempts to navigate pitfalls common to jewellery such as superficiality, bombast, vanity, and the design challenge that jewellery needs to be partly ’empty’ to allow givers and wearers to bestow their own meaning to it.“;  from 31st July – 1st September 2012

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  • Robert Baines ‘trans/ACTION‘; Civic Space, Civic Centre Civic Drive, Greensborough
  • Melbourne Museum ‘The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia‘ [link]; until 7th October 2012
  • Powerhouse Museum, ‘Love Lace‘ [link]; until April 2013

1st August: last day for application to Lark Books ‘500 Necklaces’ [link]

1st August: First Site Gallery, RMIT, three excellent jewellery exhibitions [link]; until 10th August
(1) Bin Dixon-Ward ‘Urbanhabits’
(2) ‘Wondernamel‘ group exhibition
(3) Naoko Inuzuka ‘Doko he Iku (Where is it going)

2nd August: RMIT Lecture, Warwick Freeman ‘An Unexpected Pleasure‘, 5-6pm

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3rd August: Practice as a Site for Enquiry III, Unexpected Pleasures Exposed, RMIT seminar, 10am – 4pm; “This seminar presented by RMIT Object based Practice – Gold and Silversmithing examines the Design Museum (London) exhibition Unexpected Pleasures currently at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne). Unexpected Pleasures: Exposed will look at the capacity of contemporary jewellery to absorb meaning through making, wearing and belonging. Discussion will be promoted/provoked through a panel with a view to unpacking the exhibition premise with the broader jewellery community.“; For seminar enquiries and booking forms contact

3rd August: Craft Victoria ‘Craft Cubed‘ [link] – SO MUCH ON!! check out the Craft Vic website for the enormous and exciting listing of what’s on; there are many jewellery-focused events, and many other events that makers will be interested in

3rd August: last day for submission to Lord Coconut exhibition ‘The Greatest Game of All’; “Lord Coconut is celebrating all things Aussie Rules with an exhibition titled ‘The Greatest Game of All’. He is seeking expressions of interest from local jewellers, designers and artisans who wish to participate in this exhibition.; contact Lord Coconut for more information

4th August: Northcity4, Creative Women’s Circle [link]; part of Craft Cubed

6th August: e.g.etal, Emma Grace ‘How the Light Gets In‘ [link; link]; part of Craft Cubed [link]; ‘For this exhibition, Emma Grace has made earrings and pendants for a range of Melbourne’s most talented artists and craftspeople. Each has taken these objects and re-imagined them, incorporating their own skills, aesthetics and materials to articulate and illuminate new ideas, new feelings and new perspectives.‘; such a fabulous concept!; until 18th August

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9th August: NGV Unexpected Pleasures program ‘Round Round Table‘ [link]; “The round table asks makers, wearers, curators and audiences for jewellery to come together in conversation around contemporary jewellery and its relationship with the body, identity, materiality and technology. Offering after-hours access to NGV’s Contemporary Exhibitions gallery, as well as a bar and lounge.

9th August:  Living  Treasure  -­  Master  of  Australian  Craft  Robert  Baines  talks   about  his  works  in  trans/ACTION,  his  current  art  practice  and   his  long  artistic  career

9th August: Northcity4 seminar, Shaun Tan & Oslo Davis in conversation [link]

14th August: The RMIT Object based Practice (ObP) Gold and Silversmithing Auction 2012; at Order of Melbourne (Swanston St), preview 5:30 – 6:15pm, auction starts 6:30pm; I understand a blog will shortly be set up to facilitate previews :

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16th & 17th August: Open Studios Nicholas Building [link]

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18th August: last day for Studio 20/17 (Sydney), ‘Once More, With Love‘ [link]; “This exhibition begins by taking donations of unwanted, damaged cast offs and pre-loved jewellery from the obliging public and sending them to twenty-three established and emerging jewellers throughout Australia. These donations have now been reborn into new pieces of jewellery that now live to see another day, another life, another owner.

25th August: last day for Gallery Funaki, Blanche Tilden ‘Wearable Cities‘ [link]

26th August: last day for NGV ‘Unexpected Pleasures – The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery‘ [link]

29th August: RMIT ‘Its Got Legs 2012‘ [link] RMIT Gold and Silversmithing Postgraduate and Alumni Award Exhibition; “Ruby Aitchison, Simon Cottrell, Helen Dilkes, Kiko Gianocca, Allona Goren, Dougal Haslem, Natalie Holtsbaum, Linda Hughes, Claire Mcardle, Nina Oikawa, Natalia Milosz Piekarska, Nicole Polentas, Michelle Taylor, and Katherine Wheeler“; until 13th September, opening 28th August

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please tell me of other exhibitions or events …
also check out Melissa Cameron’s excellent informative blog (especially for competitions)

… last calendar post: Calendar: August 2012 sneak peek



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