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* Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial *
Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial 7 - 15 September 2019 Radiant Pavilion is a celebration of the many aspects of contemporary jewellery and object practice in Melbourne and around the world, scheduled every 2 years. Drawing from the strong community surrounding contemporary jewellery and objects in Melbourne, Radiant Pavilion has taken shape over the past five years and encompasses events from Australian and international artists. In 2015 the curated program showcased 217 artists from 17 countries in 57 events including urban interventions, performances, installations, exhibitions, talks and open studios. In 2017 the program presented the work of 324 artists through 80 events and featured three professional practice seminars in collaboration with Craft Victoria. The 2019 program will run from 7 - 15 September with 60 events listed at the time this article was published on 29 July. Some of the Eclectic Artisans involved include Kath Inglis, Anna Davern, Kathrine Grocott and Vanessa Williams. Click here to download a PDF of the map and program The event Co-Directors are Gold and Silversmith, Claire McArdle and Curator and Creative Producer, Chloe Powell.
Wearable treasures sprouting in city lanewaysThe Age Digital Edition Melbourne is famous for its street art but people walking through the CBD this week may wish to look a little closer - there's a treasure hunt for those with sharp eyes. Artists Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young have hidden 100 pieces of handmade jewellery in the nooks and crannies of city laneways as part of the third Radiant Pavilion, a biennial event showcasing contemporary jewellery from Australia and the world. Each of their ornaments is a wearable pin decorated with artificial foliage. Those lucky enough to hunt one down are invited to take it home to keep. "They are giveaways but each piece has a tag attached and we're hoping people will take a selfie wearing them and link it to our Instagram page with the hashtag #PutaplantonitRP19," says Simeoni. "Then we get to see how people interact with and wear our work. That's quite a special thing." They will post clues about where to find the pins on their Instagram account, @unnaturalnaturally. The pair's collaboration began a decade ago as " just our little fun'' , outside their own more formal jewellery making. But a gallerist in Sydney was impressed by the idea and suggested they do an exhibition. "We kept a sketchbook [of design ideas] and that got posted back and forward from Sydney to Adelaide. It cost us a fortune but it was the best present when it would return." They'd include a new piece of plastic foliage in the post each time: "a couple of plastic grapes, or a stolen orchid from Japanese restaurant, or a lettuce leaf used in displays in a deli,'' Simeoni says. " Then it was our job to make a wearable piece of art out of it.'' For Radiant Pavilion, the duo wanted to reflect Melbourne's street art culture. Its guerilla nature also meant they didn't have to worry about finding a gallery to exhibit in. " We actually have, so to speak, grown past the gallery space,'' Simeoni says. Radiant Pavilion co-founder Chloe Powell says many contemporary jewellers are concerned with environmental themes and are presenting their works in more engaging ways. Susan Cohn has a "performance talk about the meaning of objects in our lives" , which she created in response to the Danish government's policy of taking "meaningless jewellery" from refugees in exchange for asylum. Another show, In The Drawer, hosts the works of nearly 90 artists (including Young) responding to the theme "What's in the drawer?". Visitors can discover the answer at Small Space Jewellery in Fitzroy North, where a chest of drawers holds a multitude of secrets.
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