There will be a number of contemporary jewellery and metalwork exhibitions taking place around Sydney to co-incide with the 2006 JMGA Conference. Further details about each exhibition will continue to be added below.

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    30 years of jewellery & objects by Ruudt Peters (The Netherlands)
    SCA Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
    Balmain Rd enter at Cecily Street lights
    28 January 2006 - 25 February 2006
    Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm
    Supported by the Mondriaan Foundation
    Tel: 02 9351 1008
  • Luminaries:
    SCA Galleries 1 & 2, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
    Balmain Rd enter at Cecily Street lights
    Curated by Rhana Devenport
    28 January 2006 - 25 February 2006
    Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm
    Tel: 02 9351 1008
    New work by six Australiasian jewellers
    Carlier Makigawa; Barbara Heath; Margaret West; Warwick Freeman; Catherine Truman; Marian Hosking
  • Graduate Metal X
    Jewellery & objects from recent graduates
    View the Graduate Metal poster
    Exit Gallery and Auditorium Foyer, Sydney College of the Arts
    Balmain Rd enter at Cecily Street lights
    27 January 2006 - 3 February 2006
    Opening 27 January
    Tel: 02 9351 1008
  • Japanese jewellers x 5
    Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
    Curated by Louise Mitchell
    Harris Street, Ultimo
    January 2006
    Tel: 02 9217 0111
  • Rian de Jong: still
    Project Space, Object Gallery,
    415 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
    21 January 2006 - 19 March 2006
    Open 11am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Monday - and Australia Day)
    Free Admission
    Telephone: +61 2 9361 4511
    still is a collection of jewellery and objects by leading Dutch contemporary jeweller Rian de Jong. This exhibition is presented as part of on Location: making stories the Biennial Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia international conference, with support from the Mondriaan Foundation.
  • Jewellery Out of Context (JOC)
    An exhibition of New Zealand artists
    The Muse is situated corner Marie-Ann Street and Thomas Street, Ultimo, Sydney
    Opens January 27 - 12 February 2006, open 7 days, also open during all 3 weekends
    Curated by Dr Carole M Shepheard & Peter Deckers
    Generously supported by TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute Design Centre Enmore and Creative New Zealand
    Tel: 02 9217 3418
    Click here for more information and a list of artists
  • On Location Overseas
    Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency Recipients from New South Wales, 1990 - 2005
    Australia Council, Elizabeth Street Windows
    372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
    17 December 2005 - 21 February 2006
    Tel: 02 9215 9000
    On Location Overseas profiles six Sydney based Jewellers who over the last ten years have received an Australia Council, Visual Arts Board overseas studio residency. This exhibition presents work conceived during the period overseas, as well as recent works. The artists featured in this exhibition are Tracey Clement, Pierre Cavalan, Sheridan Kennedy, Bridie Lander, Helge Larsen and Susanna Strati.
  • Sighting the Past
    Curated by Julian Holland and Lyndel Wischer
    Four contemporary jewellers respond to the Macleay Museum collection
    Macleay Museum, University of Sydney (between Parramatta Road footbridge and Great Hall)
    5 December 2005 – 11 May 2006 (closed 19 December 2006 – 6 January 2006)
    Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
    Enquiries: 9036 5253 Admission free
    Artists: Diane Appleby, Keith Lo Bue, Susanna Strati and Alice Whish
    The collections of the Macleay Museum are providing the stimulus for four contemporary jewellers to prepare works for an exhibition to be launched in January 2006. Sighting the Past: Four contemporary jewellers respond to the Macleay Museum collections is being mounted to coincide with the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia’s biennial conference which will be held in late January. It will showcase works by Diane Appleby, Keith Lo Bue, Susanna Strati and Alice Whish.

    Each artist is producing several works for the exhibition which will be shown in conjunction with items from the Macleay’s collections. Sighting the Past is a collaborative project between the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, NSW Branch, and the Macleay Museum. It will be open to the public from early December and run until May 2006.
  • In The Can
    An exhibition representing the Gold and Silversmithing Workshop, including recent works by staff, past and present students- Australian National University School of Art
    GIG Gallery
    70A Glebe Point Road, Glebe
    24 January 2006 - 5 February 2006
    Tel. 02 9552 1552
  • Victorian Stories
    A special exhibition of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - Victoria
    Brenda May Gallery,
    2 Dank Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
    17 January 2006 - 11 February
    Tel: 02 9318 1122
    Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 6pm

    Victorian Stories:is a travelling exhibition that showcases the work of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - Victoria (JMGA-Vic). This exhibition has been staged in conjunction with the 2006 JMGA International Conference, On Location - Making Stories: siting, citing, sighting, to be held in Sydney. Victorian artists have responded to this theme in a number of ways experimenting with materials, process, scale and subject matter within the wider context of an investigation into location and narrative. For over 20 years the JMGA-Vic have organised and staged Annual Members Exhibitions which have ensured that the group has continued to grow and thrive. These exhibitions provide a supportive platform for the development and exchange of ideas and philosophies amongst practitioners. Importantly, they also increase community awareness of the value and diversity of contemporary jewellery and metalsmithing through exposure to a variety of audiences. Brenda May Gallery is proud to support this exhibition.
  • New Work from Maningrida
    Horus and Deloris, Contemporary Art Gallery
    Gallery Director, Caroline Wales
    Level 2, 102 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney
    17th January 2006 - 2 February 2006
    Open 11am-6pm Wed-Sun, except Australia Day open from 11-4pm.
    Curated by Dr Louise Hamby and Alice Whish
    Web address: www.horusanddeloris.com.au
    Tel/fax: 02 9660 6071
    New Work from Maningrida presents recent necklaces made by women artists from Maningrida. The materials and techniques used blend traditional indigenous ideas, technology and natural materials to explore visual pattern and construction in new formats. Of the twenty-two artists represented there are established necklace makers like Elsie Marmanga and Susan Malgarrich alongside new artists including Angela Djingarraja and Freda Wayidjba Ali.
  • rewind/FORWARD
    Curated by Margot Douglas
    Art Gallery of New South Wales - Research Library and Archive
    Art Gallery Road,The Domain, Sydney
    25 January 2006 - 28 April 2006
    Research Library open: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm & Wednesday evenings to 9pm
    Steven Miller or Susan Schmocker Tel: 9225 1700, www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
    This exhibition by Townsville-based artist Margot Douglas, explores her family history within the colonial pioneering era of Queensland, from the later half of the 19th century through to the early 20th century. Margot's great grandfather, John Douglas, was a political figure within this period. Although principally known as Premier of Queensland 1877-79 and after whom Port Douglas was named, it was his role as Government Resident in the Torres Straits from 1884 -1904 that held the focus for exploration. New insights into the personal lives of her ancestors and their contributions to political history, community development and the foundation work for Federation have been gleaned by the artist through research into the cultural and heritage influences on personal, political and pioneering convictions of that time. By overlaying references of diaries, photographic material, and correspondence from family and public life, exploring this cultural connection developed into body of work, housed in a series of contemporary version of archival boxes, as jewellery and artist books described their maker as "books for the body".
    curated by Cesar Cueva
    Metalab {studio+gallery} , ContemporaryJewellery+Objects
    10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
    (02) 8354 1398 Moble: 0415 031 788
    (Show runs till March 1st)
    Volume offers an insight into the preoccupations and creative development of 6 practicing silversmiths each at varying stages of their artistic careers. The featured artists are noted for their innovative and creative
    approaches to metalsmithing. The artists include Oliver Smith, Rohan Nicol, Robert Foster, Sean Booth, Eric Yun Hsiang andCesar Cueva.

  • Thinktank
    Works created by students currently completing a BA (Jewellery) at Charles Sturt University
    Metalab {studio+gallery} , ContemporaryJewellery+Objects
    10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
    (02) 8354 1398 Moble: 0415 031 788
    (Show runs till March 1st)
    At the JMGA conference in 2006, Metalab in Surry Hills will exhibit the work of students studying in the BA
    Jewellery at Charles Sturt University. The exhibition will show a selection of projects from across the program. These illustrate the technical and conceptual excellence emerging from the studio. The exhibition will
    identify a new force in the jewellery design and manufacturing education sector.
  • Out of Site JMGA-NSW Members Exhibition
    Pyrmont Studios 6 Scott Street, Pyrmont
    (off Harris St, near John St Square Light Rail Station)
    26 January - 5 February 2006
    Thurs & Fri 12-6pm, Sat & Sun 11-4pm
    Sponsored by: A&E Metal Merchants, House of Jewellery, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and NSW Ministry for the Arts

    The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - NSW is having a survey exhibition whereby each member is invited to show one favourite piece of their work. This exhibition will be truly wonderful in its diversity. It is being held to coincide with the JMGA Conference in Sydney. This contemporary jewellery and object exhibition is a must see!
  • Mourning Jewellery from the Chernobyl Collection
    a Belarusian travel exhibition
    3 gallery - Sherman Gallery
    16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
    Saturday 4 February - Wednesday 8 March 2006
    Tel: 02 9331 1112
  • (Im) Permanent Resident
    Kinokunyia Gallery,
    Level 2, The Galeries Victoria
    500 George St Sydney.
    Curated by Rui Kikuchi
    27 January 2006 - 26 February 2006
  • Exsighting, exciting, exsiting
    Emily Bullock, Pierre Cavalan, Jan Donaldson, Tomoyo Hiraiwa and Josie Cavallaro
    Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
    24 January - 4 February 2006
    Tel: 02 9698 5156

  • Worn: Contemporary wearables in glass
    Sabbia Gallery
    Ground Floor,
    72 Campbell Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
    19 January - 18 February 2006
    Tel: 02 9281 4717

    Worn will be presented in Sabbia Gallery’s experimental space - Gallery 2. The exhibition is held in conjunction with New Masters : New Glass, the gallery’s first show for 2006. Since opening in March 2005, Sabbia Gallery’s focus has been the promotion and representation of Australian artists working in glass. WORN has been coordinated by Kylie Johnston to further explore the diversity of work being created by our contemporary glass artists. The artists selected to exhibit have dedicated their artistic practice to the making of jewellery and sculptures in glass, they include: Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Ruth Allen, Lucette Aubort, Sophia Emmett, Kristin McFarlane, Sally Mussett, Blanche Tilden and Bethany Wheeler
    For more information about this exhibition click here (PDF)

Other Exhibitions and Events

  • Transformations: the language of craft
    Curated by Robert Bell
    11 November 2005 - 29 January 2006
    National Gallery of Australia
    10am - 5pm daily

    This is the first survey exhibition of contemporary craft to be held at the National Gallery of Australia includes 85 Australian and International artists.

    Yo Akiyama,Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser, Giampaolo Babetto, Gordon Baldwin, Giles Bettison, Julie Blyfield, Alison Britton, Micheal Brennand-Wood, Harlan Butt,Tanija and Graham Carr, Claudi Casanovas, John Cederquist, Scott Chaseling, Dale Chihuly, Sharon Church, Deb Cocks, Patrick Collins, Lia Cook, Marilyn Da Silva, Edmund De Waal, Georg Dobler, Pippin Drysdale, Edward Eberle, Bern Emmerichs, Merran Esson, Arline Fisch, Donald Fotescue, Robert Foster, David Freda, Warwick Freeman, Tetsuo Fujimoto, Sueharu Fukami, Kevin Gordon, Patrick Hall, Beth Hatton Yasuo Hayashi, Brian Hirst, Agneta Hobin, Sergei Isupov, Ritz Jacobi, Herman Junger, Jun Kaneko, Tsukasa Kofushiwaki, Daniel Kruger, Sara Lindsy, Nel Linssen, Jessica Loughlin, Helmut Lueckenhausen, Bodil Manz, Ivan Mares, Robert Marsden, Karl Millard, Klaus Moje, Mascha Moje, Ron Nagle, Kimpei Nakamura, Jiri Nekovar, Albert Paley, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Peter Prasil, Wendy Ramshaw, Kirstie Rea, David Regan, Kristina Riska, Christopher Robertson, Gerd Rothman, Micheal Rowe, Bill Samuels, Adrian Saxe, Helen Shirk, Robert Smit, Matin Smith, Bettina Speckner, Ivana Sramkova, Catherine Truman, Ken Thaiday Snr, Grant Vaughan, Tone Vigeland, Irene Vonck, Toni Warburton, David Watkins, Alice Whish, Susan Wraight, Gulumbu Yunupingu, Toots Zynsky.
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    Shop at 55 Enmore Road,
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