Melbourne jewellery galleries and artists: part 1

26 10 2011

PART 1 ——————————————————————————–

I’ve been thinking about this for a little while … the relationships between the key Melbourne jewellery galleries / retail spaces and the artists they stock.

For each of the below galleries (in alphabetic order) I went looking for a page on their websites showing a full listing of the artists whose work they represent. Not as standard as I actually expected – a bit surprised really.

From seeing which artists are with which galleries, it looks on the surface that artist agreements with these galleries are not strictly exclusive.

Some examples are below. I haven’t chosen these artists for any other reason than I likely love their work and therefore remember them in each gallery (note though, these may not be the only galleries they have work in):

So it’s pretty clear we have a pretty amazing group of galleries in Melbourne that are okay with giving artists a greater chance of making a living by being stocked in a number of locations (and not locking them in exclusively).

The only possible exception to that is Gallery Funaki … I think … I thought their artists were exclusive, though the David Neale example has confused me.

Also, I vaguely remember being told that Alice Euphemia had ‘exclusive-range’ requirements of artists – though I’m not sure that’s the case for the above artists, so maybe the arrangement is artist-specific?

I also thought some of the other galleries prefer a separate or exclusive group of pieces / collection from the artist; so that it is unique to their retail space.

So to be sure I had the correct information, I wrote to each gallery to ask.

So all of the above text was written before contacting any of the galleries. I wanted to keep it unedited, as it shows the thought process of this post.

Also, while researching the above, I remembered the first post I wrote on this kind of topic earlier this year – it is still relevant and I’d like to expand on it a little further in this post too.

PART 2 coming tomorrow—————————————————————–

My jewellery collection #15

2 04 2010

Purchasing this ring was a pretty exciting, as it had been almost ten years since I last commissioned a piece of jewellery for myself; it is certainly the first from a Melbourne jeweller (the previous one was from my jewellery teacher at Goldsmiths School in Brisbane, which I’ll write about another time).

[photographs published with artist permission; copyright belongs to the artist and images are not to be reproduced without permission]

Jessica Morrison; amended copyright notice as above

I have had an admiration for Jessica Morrison‘s work since I was at uni (she was a year ahead of me at RMIT); I particularly enjoyed her colour and envied her sense of play in making.

One afternoon in 2008 (I think; maybe late 2007 even) I had been wandering up Brunswick Street and popped into Studio Ingot, as I regularly do to see what’s new. This time though I finally tried on a ring of Jessica’s (yes, I’d been eyeing it off for a while!), and as it didn’t quite fit me I asked if one could be made for me.

Jessica Morrison ring; amended copyright notice as above

The commissioning process is pretty simple and Studio Ingot were fabulous – they were particularly keen to understand what aspects of the piece I was especially attracted to, that I recognised that it was a unique item and that the finished piece I received would naturally be a little different, and they gently asked a few questions that I later realised were to gauge whether I appreciated the fragility of the piece and how I was to wear the piece (ie. that I wasn’t planning on doing the dishes in it!).

It’s a beautiful piece of art in its own right. I have worn it only a few times – it’s not the sort of jewellery one wears every day; especially as I have a habit of talking with my hands and flinging them around a bit, a delicate enamelled piece is something to be very careful of.

There is more information on Jessica, and more images of her work, here: StudioIngot, e.g.etal (more), NGV (part of Rigg 2006), CraftVic, and her own blog.

… last post on my jewellery collection #14

‘The Ring’ @ Studio Ingot

6 10 2009

Studio Ingot has been quiet on the exhibition front this year, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they have ‘The Ring‘ exhibition during most of October.

I popped in on the weekend to see it and was very impressed with the exhibition design – it must have taken the curators a long time to set up the groupings, and I like the way the artist / title are displayed using small simple but so effective line-drawing maps.

from exhibition media

from exhibition media

There are some lovely pieces. In fact, the Katherine Bowman onyx gorgeousness is here, which I naturally tried on; I thought I may go back, but as I spent lots on sartorial splendour the next day I’m not so sure now.

It seems I have been opening up to the glory of green lately (why, I even bought a bright green cardigan just last week); it does feel a little out of character, but is perhaps part of a larger phenomenon, as many of the pieces featuring green had already been snapped up…

Exhibition media states: “over 100 rings, by forty artists“. When I visited a number had already been sold and taken home – so be fast!

Artists involved are (from exhibition media):

  • Brendan Adair-Smith
  • Annaïg Bidan, Jane Bowden, Katherine Bowman, Madeleine Brown
  • Michelle Cangiano
  • Michael De Vildosola, Raymond de Zwart, Jeanette Dyke
  • Nina Ellis
  • Norman Fell, Michael Fletcher, Yuri Fujiyama
  • Darren Harvey, Barbara Heath, Nicky Hepburn, Birgit Holdinghausen
  • Pennie Jagiello
  • Bridget Kennedy, Rebecca Kim, Anette Kortenhaus, Fiona Kwong
  • Catherine Large, Katheryn Leopoldseder, Coconut Lu
  • Shine Myung-ok Shin
  • Belinda Newick
  • Mary Odorcic
  • David Parker, Cass Partington, Rebecca Pocock
  • Amy Renshaw, Sarah Ross
  • Regine Schwarzer
  • Zoe Jay Veness
  • Kathryn Wardill, Robin Wells, Leonie Westbrook

For more information about the artists, go to the artist page at Studio Ingot, or see if they’re on my links page!

The Ring‘ is at Studio Ingot until 24th October 2009.