Last year Lauren Simeoni and I showed our exhibition unnatural, Naturally at the Jamfactory in Adelaide, you can read all about it and see images of the works, the installation and workshops we held here. We were so proud of the exhibition and it was fabulous to be showing in Lauren's hometown. The cherry on top came with the acquisition of two of our pieces by The Art Gallery of South Australia for the Rhiannon Vernon-Roberts Collection of contemporary Australian jewellery. The collection is currently on show in its entirety to mark its 20th year. Lauren and I are in some extremely esteemed company and it is a real honour to be there!
This is my piece in the collection:
Melinda Young, Spiker Neckpiece, 2011
From the Art Gallery of South Australia website:
The Gallery’s collection of contemporary Australian jewellery is being exhibited in its glorious entirety, for the very first time.The Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Memorial Collection, established in late 1991, consists of more than one hundred items of jewellery by fifty-five innovative contemporary jewellers, making it one of the most important collections of its type in Australia. The collection promotes one-off, experimental studio jewellery developed for exhibition. From precious materials to found forms, the jewellery in the exhibition highlights the capacity of artists to push material and conceptual boundaries.
The Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Memorial Collection was established and is actively supported by Dr. Jane and Prof. Barrie Vernon-Roberts AO in memory of their daughter and talented jeweller, Rhianon (1964–1990).
If you are in Adelaide before 19 September 2012, go and have a look...