TempContemp is a TEMPORARY curatorial 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!
Our aim in creating TempContemp was to create the exhibition platform we didn’t have – a not-for-profit opportunity to experiment and explore the limits and capacities of ‘jewellery’. To engage new and existing audiences and to champion jewellery as art form and a means of discussion unlimited by the demands of jewellery as just commodity. Our exhibition themes are often political, but we aim to leave the discussion open, to truly see what jewellers themselves are thinking, and how they approach certain themes in their works. And what we’ve received so far has been far richer than we could have imagined!
Our next steps?
To engage and encourage the jewellery-wearer as philosopher and political activist.
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).
To continue to build and strengthen our jewellery community – across the world, across ideas and across the art form, and bring more from the non-jeweller community into the fold.
To throw more killer opening parties, bringing the celebration of art and life to the ‘gallery opening’ and bringing together the art forms of jewellery, music and performance as collaborative celebrations of bodies in space.
For enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*photos by Bryony Jackson
TempContemp is co-curated by Anna Gray and Laila Marie Costa.
*Developed with Annelies Hofmeyr, over literally hundreds of planning meetings and intense contemporary jewellery discussions*.
This project is financially assisted by Moreland City Council’s Arts Investment Grant 2018.