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Culture Juice - Beyond Bling!

BY Art Gallery of WA | 18-Sep-2018
Are you ready for bling! Building on the success of The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: Beyond Bling! celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment. Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.
Venue: Art Gallery of WA
Address: Perth Cultural Centre
Date: 13 October 2018 - 14 January 2019
Time: 10am-5pm, Wed - Mon (closed Tue)
Ticket: FREE
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Cinnamon Lee
Thorn 2011
925 sterling silver
1.26 x 2.47 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cooks, says:

“Jewellery is the most intimate of art forms – a bridge between our bodies and the rest of the world – the rings we wear, the necklaces, the earrings, the nose rings, the bracelets, they frame us, add accents. And they bring the eye of a friend, lover – or even a stranger – to rest upon us. Jewellery exists in the domain of desire, a heightened form of non-verbal communication that flickers through the private and public realm. These exhibits highlight a body of works that provokes thought and delight, with themes ranging from the organic, to the architectural to the use of everyday items, to work created to keep private memory intact – and to draw the eyes of the crowd.”

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth's King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.

Bling Day; 10am-5pm, Saturday 13 October 2018 | FREE
It all begins on Bling Day, with a jewel box of music, talks, guided tours, workshops, a jewellery history clinic, dance and much more. Get the chance to showcase your own favourite pieces in Bring your Bling, with AGWA’s “Jewel Thief in Residence", Shane Pavlinovich, as Master of Ceremonies. FULL SCHEDULE artgallery.wa.gov.au

Spreading the sparkle
We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design whose talented final year jewellery design students will create their graduation pieces in the Imagination Room and whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show. We also link with Fashion Council WA for essential red carpet style tips; Pride WA for a bling-tastic parade; the AGWA Foundation to acquire important new pieces for the collection; City of Perth for some 'civic bling' treasures; collector enthusiasts, and academics from the jewellery world.