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TempContemp is a TEMPORARY curatorial pilot project experimenting with the exhibition of CONTEMPORARY jewellery – in other words…there’s a new independent gallery space in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia and we want to show the world ALL the jewellery things!

We envision this space as a pop-up stage for Contemporary Jewellery, during which visitors can delve into the delights of experimental jewellery thoughts, objects and inventions with an emphasis on interactivity between bodies in the space and the works displayed – in other words…we would love a variety of works, activities and discussions around contemporary jewellery. The possibilities are endless so anything remotely related to contemporary jewellery is most welcome!

Follow our temporary contemporary explorations online:



The aims of the project are:

  1. To convert a small meeting room within a busy shared jeweller’s workshop, into a space worthy of housing and contemplating ideas around contemporary jewellery.
  2. To explore Contemporary Jewellery: What is it? Who makes it? Who wears is? What can it be? To examine, and if need be, interrogate the systems that support contemporary jewellery (or hold it back).
  3. To share these ideas, enthusiasm and education for Contemporary Jewellery with our jeweller community as well as a wider, non-jeweller public.
  4. To successfully run such a space meeting the challenges of budget and space/location within a shared building.

TempContemp will launch on 24 August 2018, with our inaugural exhibition:


I Hate Contemporary Jewellery
(24 August – 8 September 2018)

This exhibition will open as part of CRAFT CUBED and is the theme of the inaugural curated exhibition, an examination of our home turf through an open callout and challenge, asking makers and thinkers of Contemporary Jewellery to examine what we each love/hate about our current landscape: To defend it, applaud it, question it, seek to improve, or damn it as they see fit.
Applications for this exhibition are closed, but read on for upcoming exhibitions and open callouts:



Do You Copy? (Roger that).


Do you copy, mimic or appropriate? Has your work been copied? 

TempContemp is now accepting applications for this, our second exhibition: 

Asking how COPYING affects/effects your practice?

The Internet and the Socials are prolific with jewellery images. It’s easier to find visual references than ever before. But it’s not always so easy to find consistent or correct references to authorship.

So, is it easier or harder to copy, within such an instantaneous and widespread visual network? 

We have many questions:

What about happenstance and the Zeitgeist: two or more artists arriving at the same conclusion but without being aware of each other? Is this possible? How?

And what about homage? Is imitation the best form of flattery?

What are the ethics of imitation in creative practice? Is it ever necessary? Is it part of a learning process, a way of digesting visual information? Is it impossible to avoid? 

Excusable? Or a punishable offence?

TempContemp is seeking jewellery* works and the accompanying stories that expound on your experiences of copying: positive and/or negative!

Applications open Saturday, 14 July 2018

Application deadline: Sunday, 19 August 2018

Notification of outcome: Friday, 31 August 2018

Delivery of artwork: Friday, 19 October 2018

Exhibition Dates: 2 – 17 November 2018

Participation Fee: $50 per successful application (details in Application Form)


Download the  Application Form and follow the instructions

For enquiries, please email gallery@northcity4.com



Schmück or Schmock? (Schmück = jewellery, Schmock = the ring of skin removed from the penis after circumcision).
A slightly ambiguous comment made on a Facebook thread questioning the judicial choices that govern the official Schmück selection left us wanting to know more! (We are a long way from Germany, after all) Is your work Schmück? Or more Schmock? Is this a debate between highbrow and lowbrow? Is it a reference to art crafted from detritus? Is it about the act of judgement that deems a work unnecessary or unworthy and casts it aside? Is anyone out there actually making work about (or even with) Schmock? However you read the comment’s meaning – please send us a work that represents your interpretation!

This exhibition will align with Schmück, the Munich Jewellery Week in Germany 2019

Applications open Monday, 9 July 2018

Exhibition Dates: 8 March – 23 March 2019

We are seeking work for exhibition that speaks to any or all of the above themes. They are deliberately left a little vague, in order to be shaped by what we hear back from artists practicing in or around Contemporary Jewellery.


TempContemp is co-curated by Anna Gray and Laila Marie Costa.

(Developed with Annelies Hofmeyr, over literally hundreds of planning meetings and intensive contemporary jewellery discussions).

This project is financially assisted by Moreland City Council’s Arts Investment Grant 2018.

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