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Call for entries to a Jewellery exhibition in Australia


The Jewellers' and Metalsmiths' Group of Australia (JMGA) is organising a conference in Sydney 27 - 29 January 2006 and (among other associated exhibitions) will feature a New Zealand group exhibition called JOC (Jewellery Out of Context) at the MUSE Gallery, Harris Street, Sydney, January 27- February 12, 2006).

Artist brief:
'BWX/JOC venture' is looking for unique and creative ideas related to contemporary jewellery discourse, open to all media and submitted as a proposal (written text and/or descriptions, sketches, photo's, mock ups).
Each artist, or group of artists will have approximately 4.8 square metres of gallery space. Deadline: April 19, 2005.

Curatorial position:
Jewellery has many unique features and this is considered one of the reasons it is so popular and such a desirable commodity. Its position within contemporary culture, and in particular at the beginning of the 21st century, can be just as rigorously debated, critiqued and analysed as other visual and applied art fields.

Questions can be raised as to why old and new jewellery is often worn conjointly and how this might address issues of memory, identity and intervention. What motivates us to adorn ourselves? Where (and how) does this fit within 21st century ideas, values and beliefs? What divides, unites and defines collectors, makers, and critics today? What thematic, conceptual and cultural connections are being made and how might this affect the future of jewellery?

The exhibition title - Jewellery Out of Context - reveals the curatorial position and the curators ask for ideas that re-appraise, reconsider and extend the field of jewellery. This therefore needs to form the basis of original and innovative proposals and will be the criteria for selection.

By mirroring or reflecting on the relationship between what 'is said about jewellery', 'how it is described', and what the expectations are of such a constraining descriptor, a more discursive investigation can be opened up and new conceptual issues considered. This exhibition is asking artists to examine the 'jewellery phenomenon', and the surrounding discourse and to reappraise it through the process of creative interrogation, intervention and 're-contextualisation'.

Submission outline:
The entry is open to ALL NZ artists. This includes recent graduates and those working across all disciplines e.g. craft, visual/fine arts, audio, video and digital artists. Individual and/or group submissions must submit a detailed proposal (not more than 500 words) and include a current CV, 12 - 15 images of recent works in either slide, digital or photographic form.

Deadline of the submission is 19 April 2005.

The two curators, Dr Carole M Shepheard, Artist/Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts and Peter Deckers MFA, artist/jeweller, and media coordinator/ senior tutor at Whitireia Community Polytechnic will select from the submitted proposals. Artists will be notified early May 2005.

The selected artists will be required to write an artist's statement (approximately 200 words) for the proposed catalogue and details of this will be communicated at a later stage.

Costs to the artists will include the making of the work and postage/transport costs.
Note: The Muse is an exhibition-space only and therefore cabinets, plinths and other object supports might need to be negotiated by the artist.

Works will be not for sale, however communication between interested purchasers and artists will be made possible.

Please send the submission to: BWX/JOC venture,
PO Box 40865, Wellington, and/or by email:

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