A Year in the Making

19/08/2015 - 23/09/2017

  • Beauty, can we feel it
    Jill Parnell Beauty, can we feel it , 2014
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy Bewley Shaylor

About the exhibition

Twelve months, twelve local artist jewellers and twelve different themes have combined to create this unique jewellery exhibition. Developed over the course of a year, A Year in the Making aims to expose new audiences to a diverse range of dynamic, conceptual and contemporary jewellery, raising awareness of the delicate art form and the enduring relevance of work made by hand. 

“Jewellery making is often a solitary practice, and in this age, much is driven by computer aided design, new technology and cost savings. I wanted to bring together a diverse group of jewellers to work together and push the boundaries of their normal practice, highlighting the still valid process of the handmade and the underlying narrative and content with contemporary jewellery." – explains Exhibition Coordinator and contemporary jeweller, Claire Townsend. 

A Year in the Making involves each of the twelve jewellers choosing a theme that all artists personally respond to by creating a piece. With themes as diverse as 'Connect', 'FIFO', 'Choose your own adventure' and 'Seeing the unseen', makers were challenged by what was often unfamiliar subject matter.

There is a diverse range of jewellers involved in the exhibition, ranging from emerging to well established. These jewellers have worked in traditional through to conceptual practices, using a wide variety of techniques and mediums from sterling silver and copper to enamels, wood, gold and plastic. The resulting works are beautiful and often unexpected pieces, ranging from brooches, neckpieces and rings to larger objects.

Accompanying this exhibition is also a short film giving an insight into a number of the artists and their techniques.

About the artists

Helena Bogucki, Sarah Elson, Claire Moody, Philip Noakes, Julie Ann Ogilvie, Jill Parnell, Brenda Ridgewell, Leanne Ryan, Jacquie Sprogoe, Claire Townsend, Christel Van Der Laan, Robin Wells

Touring Venues
and Dates


The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE.


ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Smarter than Smoking Education Program 2017 is proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Smarter than Smoking message and is presented by ART ON THE MOVE.