BEDAZZLED: JEWELLERY FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND THE UK
Bedazzled, a celebration of jewellery, brings Object’s Surry Hills Gallery to life with a series of exhibitions, events, workshops and public programs. Works featured include jewellers based in the UK and Japan, as well as Australia’s own talent.
Walking into Object’s main gallery, my attention was quickly caught by the colourful HAT (Here and There Australia/UK), a project of international exchange. Within which, 17 jewellers were involved working as artists in residence between 4 regions in the UK and 5 states in Australia.
The HAT displays in an unusual but interactive and attractive way: jewellery pieces and tools spread around everywhere on wooden desks. At first sight they look being arranged randomly and a bit out of order, while actually they were carefully selected and organized to function together as a large classroom, to educate I assume. As well, drawers are able to be opened by audiences, a simple but effective way to participate and to discover items.
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