Friday, October 30, 2009

Announcing the finalists!

Well it's been a while, and after trawling through a huge amount of amazing submissions, the panel faced the difficult task of selecting the successful 40 artists and their pendants. The artists, from all over Australia, have used a diverse array of materials like leather, twine, gold, silver, found objects, plastics, bone & wood, and are from a mixture of disciplines and stages of career.

The artists are: Justine Austen, Roseanne Bartley, Julie Blyfield, Jane Bowring, Kristina Brenke, Sophia Emmett, Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Caz Guiney, Momoko Hatano, Linda Hughes, Kath Inglis, Jin-Ah Jo, Erin Keys, Elfrun Lach, Bridie Lander, Pia Larsen, Elizabeth Mahue, Vicki Mason, Leslie Matthews, Danielle Maugeri, Shauna Mayben, Carrie McDowell, Natalie McWilliam, Mel Miller, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, David Neale, Jyoti Peart ,Felicity Peters, Jane Pollard, Lauren Simeoni, Mitsue Slattery, Penny Snars, Maryann Talia Pau, Michele Taylor, Janis Valdivia, David Walker, Karla Way, Katherine Wheeler, Liz Williamson & Melinda Young

Stay tuned for some tempting images!

Exhibition runs from November 21st 2009 - January 31st 2010.
Object Gallery
417 Bourke St
Surry Hills
NSW 2010

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Exhibition opportunity!

Precious Pendants: Project Space, Object Gallery November 2009 through to January 2010. (Actual dates to be confirmed)

Precious Pendants invites makers from across Australia, and at any level of career, to submit one piece for possible inclusion in the exhibition, with a judging panel selecting the successful 40 applicants.

Likened to chandeliers for the body, the pendant is framed by the hanging mechanism of the neckpiece and interacts with movement of the body. They are often imbued with personal preciousness such as in the form of lockets, medallions or amulets.

A pendant allows the maker to focus on the precious detail of the piece, creating a small sculptural form that is strapped to the body in a utilitarian fashion, often un-encumbered by clasps and hooks. It relies on the simple act of applying the piece over the head of the wearer.

All pieces will be available for sale, so Precious Pendants will be a great chance for collectors to purchase a one-off piece from Australia’s most dynamic and diverse range of practitioners.

If you would like to be involved you will need to:
• create a piece that fits within the genre of a pendant, and can be worn
• photograph it so that it is a hi res digital image that is suitable for the judging process, as well as any ongoing promotion of the exhibition by Object. Please limit the amount of images to 5.
• keep the piece available for exhibition, should you be selected as a finalist
• post your submission on disc to: Precious Pendants PO Box 63 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012. Please include image credit details, size of piece, materials etc. (Please note that we will be unable to return your submission, and the images will not be used without prior consent of the artist.)
• Submissions will be accepted up until and including 21 August 2009 so start making!

A judging panel will then select the finalists, who will be notified by early September 2009. Successful works will be required to be delivered, at the artist’s expense, to Object Gallery by 2nd October 2009.

If you would like more information about the exhibition or the submission process please contact Kylie Johnston on

Kylie Johnston
Exhibition Curator

Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design is a not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney and supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council. Through its exhibitions at Object Gallery, publications, touring exhibitions and public programs, Object has become a leading organisation in the presentation and promotion of contemporary craft and design in Australia.