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Welcome to the March newsletter.

I am getting ready, and excited, for my two week residency in Bundanon. I will be giving an artist talk in April so I can tell you all about it then. JMGAWA has confirmed the dates for the conference – so put it in your calendar 4-6 October. They are calling for papers and workshops. Please put something forward to help create an exciting conference. Members who have recently graduated are encouraged to enter the Graduate Metal Show. This is a wonderful exhibition, showcasing recent graduates from all over Australia. It hasn't been on for 4 years due to covid. JMGA will be having a luncheon at the Sturt Gallery on Sunday 2 April, following the opening of Objects of Desire exhibition at the gallery. There is limited space, so please book ASAP. I continue to try to get the memorial show for Helge Larsen up and running but life has so many distractions. We have made a couple of steps forward but still trying to think of a title. Do feel free to make suggestions! Or offer to help organize it. Contact me directly! Please consider joining our JMGA NSW Inc organizing committee. We are desperate for a chair! And any help you can give! Enjoy the news letter, Regards,

Emily Valentine

Up Coming Conferences


Open Call for Papers for JMGA 2024

Involution: Making Jewellery, Creating Change

We are also seeking expressions of interest for exciting and innovative workshops to run either side of the conference Deadline 31 March

World Craft Council is organising a zoom meeting WoCCA Craft Cooee: Contemporary jewellery in Australasia Tuesday 11 April 6-7pm (AEST) REGISTER HERE. Join the board of the World Crafts Council – Australia to hear from the organisers of three major events that build and maintain community in the contemporary jewellery field. New Zealand’s Nelson Jewellery week organisers will speak alongside Australian speakers from JMGA WA (Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group) and Radiant Pavilion about the aims, logistics and outcomes of pulling together these important large-scale events. Speakers:

  • Chloe Powell – Radiant Pavilion

  • Kay van Dyk and Katie Pascoe – Nelson Jewellery Week

  • Robin Wells and Claire Townsend – JMGA WA conference



Report on the AGM

The 2022 AGM was held at Bridget Kennedy Projectspace on 28 November 2022. It was a short meeting to present reports and elect the Co-ordinating Committee for the coming year. Liza Feeney stood down as Chair having served for 4-5 years but offered continued assistance with Filings and mail-outs. Merilyn Bailey also offered to continue to assist with the website and other necessary jobs. Thank you Liza and thank you Erin Keys for looking after social media. Fiona Meller continues as Treasurer, Emily Valentine continues as Filings Editor, Rebecca Hinwood as Member Coordinator and Valerie Odewahn as Secretary. Since the AGM Jacki Stone has been co-opted to the committee to continue organising talks and to assist with managing the website. There is a vacancy for the position of Chair. If you would like to lead JMGA-NSW through the next year or fill the role of Secretary please talk to someone on the committee or let us know at The meeting was followed by dinner at a local hotel – our first social occasion in many years and what a delight to see each other in person again. Plans so far for this year include :

  • Another Buy / Swap / Sell event – happy to have offers to help organise this event possibly at Square Peg in Marrickville

  • A social lunch following the opening of Objects of Desire at Sturt, Mittagong, on April 2nd

  • More talks – let us know if there is someone you would like to invite

  • Liaison with JMGA-WA in preparation for the conference in Perth 2024

  • Possible day trip to Bundanon to see the artist in residence smithing studio and visit the Bundanon studio and Gallery.

  • Preparation for future Profile exhibition in 2024 at Australian Design Centre

Always looking for ideas and volunteers to be involved in all of the above or other activities or organise other events to support our community. Valerie

The 2023 JMGA NSW Inc Committee

The following is the result of the elections to the Co-ordinating Committee held at the recent AGM. Chair: Vacant Secretary: Valerie Odewahn Treasurer: Fiona Meller Member Co-ordinator: Rebecca Hinwood Newsletter Editor: Emily Valentine Jacki Stone will manage the website and has been co-opped to the committee. Liza Feeney and Merilyn Bailey agreed to continue to assist with the newsletter and Jacki Stone will manage the website.



JMGA Sturt Gallery Event

We invite members to join us for a lunch at Sturt Gallery to support

Object of Desire opening .

The official open starts at at 11am and our lunch will follow

to book one of the limited luncheon places go to:

Zoom with Caroline Broadhead



UPCOMING MEMBER TALK Emily Valentine Tuesday, March 28 | Time TBC

Multi-disciplinary artist, Emily Valentine has been working continuously since completing my degree at Sydney College of the Arts in 1987. Known for small feather sculptures, and contemporary jewellery, she has recently begun developing public artworks. Emily is currently doing a residency at Bundanon. In Emily's own words: "Feathers are my paint. Over the last 30 years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers. The source of the feathers is vital to my work. In 1999 I made Road Kill, a pair of shoes using feathers from a road kill lorikeet and this lead to my continuing use of this source when ever I can. My work shows sympathy with the bird’s previous life and creates a new life form." We hope you will be able to join us on March 28 via Zoom. Login details will be sent to members closer to the date.



BLANCHE TILDEN—RIPPLE EFFECT A 25 YEAR SURVEY 1 APR - 4 JUN 2023 | UNSW Galleries This survey of Melbourne-based jeweller and maker Blanche Tilden reveals her remarkable and critically acclaimed practice, celebrated for its transformation of everyday and industrial materials into aesthetically refined, conceptually rich wearable objects. Tilden has a unique approach to her materials, in particular glass, which she explores both as a material for jewellery making and deploys as a metaphor for the connections between making, industry, the wearable object and the body. Her fascination with mechanical devices, fuelled by a desire to understand how things work, continually inspires her work.

PIERRE CAVALAN With contemporary Japanese jeweller Tomoyo Hiraiwa. 31 March till 10 April 2023 | Galerie Furushima in Japan Chiba préfecture. If anyone in Japan, please come and say hello… ALISON BRUCE Not Just a Flower … F Tanner Baker Micro-Galleries | 60 Evans Street Rozelle Alison Bruce is a graduate of Queensland College of Arts and is currently exhibiting her work at the above gallery. If you are in the vicinity walk past day or night and enjoy her work. It is up until early March. In her show, Not Just a Flower …, Alison is showing the work from her lockdown project. Like us all, unable to travel far, she focussed her eyes on her garden and played with the structural nature of her flowers. She enjoyed taking her observations from nature and reworking them into constructions. WANAPATI YUNUPIŊU Ṉilŋṉilŋ - The Spark Recently I visited Melbourne and caught an exhibition at Tolarno Gallery on Exhibition St. Recent shows have included spectacular works by Kieren Karritpul whose fame has previously stemmed from his fabric prints developed for Merrepen Arts and lately in large scale wall works. Currently Tolarno is showing the work of Wanapati Yunupiŋu: Ṉilŋṉilŋ - The Spark. These works should be of interest to jewellers and metalsmiths. He uses many tools familiar to us – found metal, a portable Dremel- combining traditional imagery and stories with contemporary found elements. In this case, he has reworked road signs with some being unique to the Northern Territory. Tolarno Gallery has provided a link to read more about his work. HELEN BRITTON Koala Hotel Try to get to this show - Helen Britton Koala Hotel at Funaki Gallery now in Flinders Lane. The gallery is open Wed-Fri 12-5 and by appointment. Show finishes 10 March. LIFE IN WORKING ART III Hazelhurst Teachers and Preparators Hazelhurst Gallery, Kingsway, Gymea 24 Mar 2023 - 4 Apr 2023 Celebrating the diverse art practices of Hazelhurst's teachers and installation crew. Our member Fiona Knox will be included in the show. The above photo shows three of her pieces that have been produced as part of an extensive series that she is continuing to develop. Fiona's relationship with the sea and inland rugged terrain and places of great beauty inspire her contemporary wearable art.

Melbourne Design Fair May 18-21

Stanley Street Gallery has been invited to take part in this years Melbourne Design Fair at the MCEC. The Gallery will be presenting works by Margaret West, Julie Blyfield, Gretal Ferguson, Joungmee Do, Daehoon Kang, Christel van der Laan, Yufang Chi, Barbara Ryman, Shaun Hayes and Oscar Martin de Burgos. Images: clockwise top left: Gretal Ferguson, Christel van der Laan, Julie Blyfield, Margaret West.


Work Shops and Classes

Our active member Melinda Young is very busy teaching various courses at Sturt - 27-28 March At Shoalhaven regional Gallery Sat., 25 March 2023 This is part of the Meroogal Women's Art Prize

Square Peg Studio Note there are tree classes at different levels


The Graduate Metal XVI

The exhibition, showcasing graduating students from Degree and Diploma courses in Australia and New Zealand from 2017 to 2023 will be happening also, and we have secured a venue at Gallery Central, North Metropolitan Tafe, Northbridge. Information and forms for Graduate Metal will be on the JMGA WA website soon




SNAG is asking for entries into jewellery photography show: Call closes: May 1, 2023, 12:00am EST

Klimt 02 A Market Place The on-line magazine Klimt has established a market place. Maybe you can put your work up. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and the Bilk Gallery is participating in it. It is organised on price, style etc. Go to the link Helen Aitken-Kuhnen Brooch From Land to Sea 2013 Champlevé enamel, 925 silver. 7.6 x 3 cm, 10.5 x 3.5 cm, 10.5 x 3.5 cm Photo by: Bilk Gallery


The Finalists of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023 Johannes Kuhnen & Prue Venables Link to a list of the finalists


or any information you'd like to share in Filings. Please send any information to and In the subject line Attention JMGA Filings, the next deadline is at the end of May

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