MAYORAL CHAIN: TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION IN NEW CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY EXHIBITION
9 October – 28 November 2015
10 contemporary Melbourne artists respond to tradition and ceremony in Mayoral Chain, Craft's new exhibition.
Artists include: Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, Anna Davern, Anna Varendorff, Claire McArdle, Kate Rohde, Marcos Guzman, Maree Clarke, Pennie Jagiello and Roseanne Bartley.
The Mayoral Chain is one of the last great ornate pieces of ceremonial costume that conveys many layers of history, status and community pride.
Craft's October exhibtion, Mayoral Chain, gives ten contemporary jewellers the chance to respond to this emblem, taking it into new and uncharted territory, or keeping with tradition.
This exhibition will go on to tour regional Victoria in 2016, giving Regional City Councils an opportunity to engage local artists in a similar response to their unique Mayoral Chains.
Artistic Director and CEO Jane Scott said Craft's Mayoral Chain exhibition would be the first in a series of regional touring exhibitions highlighting craft practice across the state of Victoria.
"Mayoral Chain celebrates tradition and shifts it into a contemporary paradigm.
"Craft practice is often about taking traditional ways of making and reinterpreting the possibilities. This exhibition is a chance to show off the skill and innovation of Victorian makers and their responses to one of the more ornate and traditional jewellery items.
"Re-imagining the traditional Mayoral Chain is a chance for innovation and experimentation, but it is also a opportunity to show off these wonderful pieces of civic jewellery," Ms Scott said.
9 October – 28 November
Contemporary artists respond to the Mayoral Chain
Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey