Unique exhibition and workshops headed to gallery

Unique exhibition and workshops headed to gallery

Published: 26th November 2019

Tools and process are at the heart of an artisan’s practice. This exhibition celebrates jewellery and small objects from the point of view of the maker, their tools and the making process.

USE Curator, Lisa Bryan-Brown, says, “While contemporary jewellery and small objects practices are highly diverse in their forms and motivations, tools are the common denominator that defines this field of creative practice.

“From traditional tools like hammers, saws and pliers, to modern innovations like 3D printers and laser-cutting machines, tools are essential in the creation of jewellery and small objects works. That is why they provide such a rich and reflexive theme for a group exhibition of works by jewellery and small objects artists,” Lisa said.

USE displays more than 70 works by selected JMGQ artists responding to this theme, pushing the conceptual and material boundaries of their practice to create sophisticated, quirky, intricate, and uniquely innovative works from an array of traditional and non-traditional materials. They contain the many associations of jewellery – intimacy, pleasure, wearability and adornment – but some are less functional and can be viewed as installation or small sculptural objects in their own right.

Artists showcased in this exhibition are Helen Bird, Jac Dyson, Lois Hayes, Catherine Hunter, Alicia Lane, Catherine Large, Samuel Lintern, Andy Lowrie, Nellie Peoples, Clare Poppi, Kierra-Jay Power, Paola Raggo, Elizabeth Shaw, Katie Stormonth, Rebecca Ward, Helen Wyatt, Xiaohui Yang.

USE will tour to 12 Australian galleries from 2019 to 2021.


2 December 2019 – 24 January 2020


Make Your Own Earrings Workshop with Shanna

Thursday 5 & 12 December 2019

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $50/person

Bookings essential

Weekend Opening Hours

Saturday 14 December 2019

10:00am – 12 midday

Gallery Gathering: Meet the Curator Lisa Bryan-Brown, Meet Artist Helen Bird

Friday 17 January 2020



Light refreshments provided

Drawing Machines Workshop for Kids with Helen Bird

Saturday 18 January 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

Ages: 6-12 years

Cost: $10/person

Bookings essential

Weekend Opening Hours

Saturday 18 January 2020

10:00am – 12 midday