Transplantation: British and Australian narrative jewellery
Sophie Blackshaw | On 17, Dec 2013
It’s true, jewellery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind on the mention of ‘art’ – but logically, it’s right up there.
Every piece (except perhaps the junky, mass-produced stuff) is designed by someone, somewhere, and for a reason, which means that each piece has a story, whether or not we, the public, choose to recognise that.
However, for anyone who might be interested in acknowledging that fact from now on, a good way to start would be by attendingÂ Transplantation: A Sense of Place and Culture, a travelling exhibition showcasing the work of 12 British and Australian jewellery artists.
It sounds simple, but on Googling a handful of the artists’ names, you’ll soon find that there really is more to jewellery than you thought – at least, the jewellery created by these artists (seriously, throw any one of their names into a search engine and act like you’re not impressed).
Their work for TransplantationÂ focusses on exploring the ‘cultural, familial and artistic transplantation’ that has existed between and within the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to the influence of other nations.
The event, which will run through until February, is being curated by the UK’s professor Norman Cherry (a jewellery artist himself) at the Webb Gallery (part of the Queensland College of Arts).
If you do decide to head along, may it inspire the way you wear your jewellery in ways you never imagined – because you sure as hell can’t do that with Picasso’s work.
What:Â TRANSPLANTATION â€“ A Sense of Place and Culture. British and Australian Narrative Jewellery.
Where:Â Webb Gallery, located atÂ 226 Grey Street,Â South Bank
When:Â December 12 – February 1, 2014