Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery

National Exhibition Register

  • Making Time: Exchange Between Jess and Her Son Banjo (Callistemon, Gumnut)
    Jess Dare Making Time: Exchange Between Jess and Her Son Banjo (Callistemon, Gumnut) , 2019
    Image Credit
    Photo: Marcus Ramsay

About the exhibition

From intimate pieces to large scale works, the contemporary jewellery in Made / Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery explores the act of making and how jewellery is worn on the body, telling stories that start with the artist and continue through the life of the object worn or experienced, creating new resonances with owners into the future.

Spanning a wide range of materials, techniques and meanings, the works on display are playful, intricate, conceptual, personal and political. The artists also engage with themes of place, sustainability in materials and identity.

The project includes performative or interactive elements, including workshops and public programs that give audiences the opportunity for creative participation. Jewellery is an act of art, craft and design that also lives and breathes on the bodies of those who wear it.

Celebrating diversity and inclusivity, the exhibition includes the work of 22 artists working in contemporary jewellery in Australia today. You may be surprised by some of the things in this exhibition – they do not all immediately occur as jewellery – but rest assured the definition of contemporary jewellery is broad and encompasses many things that evoke a sense of the personal and the memorable along with the melange of human emotions swirling within all of us.

Artists and Curator

Lisa Cahill

Liam Benson // Helena Bogucki // Julie Blyfield// Zoe Brand // Maree Clarke // Jess Dare // Anna Davern // Bin Dixon-Ward // Sian Edwards // Emma Fielden // Lola Greeno // Pennie Jagiello // Bridget Kennedy // Inari Kiuru // Grace Lillian Lee // Vicki Mason // Claire McArdle // Tiffany Parbs // Blanche Tilden // Catherine Truman // Manon van Kouswijk // Zoe╠ł Veness

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
26/03/2020 - 20/12/2022
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Australian Design Centre
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
Made/ Worn Film The Made/Worn film was made to accompany the exhibition by Angus Lee Forbes. It features a number of artists in the exhibition and gives some deeper insights into what inspires these artists and what contemporary jewellery can be.
Primary contact
Fiona Pulford
Program Manager
Australian Design Centre
02 9361 4555
Secondary contact
Rhadi Bryant
02 9361 4555
Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery is curated by Australian Design Centre, designed by Garbett Design and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.