A Chain of Events - contemporary jewellery and art exhibition
Recent dispiriting events in the NSW arts sector, in particular the defunding of tertiary arts programmes especially in jewellery and funding cuts to fundamental arts organisations, have been felt keenly at Studio20/17. In addition, the clossure of the arts complex at 2 Danks Street (which has been home to Studio 20/17 for 8 years) is looming at the end of 2016. ‘A Chain of Events’ will be one of the last exhibitions before the gallery vacates its space and residential developers move in. It’s an unsettling time for Studio 20/17 as we look for new premises and ponder the implications of the devaluation of tertiary instruction in contemporary jewellery in Sydney. Rather than succumb to gloom, ‘A Chain of Events’ has been conceived by Bridget Kennedy in order to inspire a new energy and start a fresh chain of inspiration to carry Studio 20/17 forth to a new space and regeneration.
“It was uplifting to have such a positive response to my idea. Many of the participating artists have a long association with Studio 20/17 and it’s wonderful to have talented new artists exhibiting with us for the first time. For this exhibition, I decided to focus primarily on artists based in NSW or artists who have had a long association with the NSW contemporary jewellery community. For me this exhibition is about reinforcing this sense of kinship and linking people together. While I’m not personally participating in the exhibition, the show represents my own personal metaphor of the chain. With the terribly distressing situation of the arts at the moment in NSW and ongoing defunding, I felt the need to create something positive, something to look forward to for the end of the year, a way to link people together to build something bigger and stronger than our individual voices.” – Bridget Kennedy, co-director, Studio 20/17