The touring exhibition, USE, is a partnership between the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter) Inc. and Museums & Galleries Queensland.
USE curator, Liam Bryan-Brown, has thematically focused on the concept of tools and processes to explore the conceptual breadth and layers of meaning that operate within this premise for jewellery practitioners and metalsmiths. While contemporary practices are highly diverse in their forms and motivations, 'tools' are the common denominator that defines the field of creative practice that this exhibition celebrates.
Helen Bird, Jac Dyson, Lois Hayes, Catherine Hunter, Alicia Lane, Catherine Large, Samuel Lintern, Andy Lowrie, Nellie Peoples, Clare Poppi, Kierra-Jay Power, Paola Raggo, Elizabeth Shaw, Katie Stormonth, Rebecca Ward, Helen Wyatt, Xiaohui Yang.
Artist and Curator Interviews
Commissioned by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This video has been captioned.
Tour Dates 2019
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QLD: 25 January – 3 March 2019
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, NSW: 15 March – 19 May 2019
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD: 14 June – 21 July 2019
Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD: 2 August – 8 September 2019
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 1 October – 17 November 2019
Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela, QLD: 25 November 2019 – 28 January 2020
Tour Dates 2020
New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), NSW: 7 February – 22 July 2020
Hurstville Museum & Gallery, NSW: 1 August – 25 October 2020
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 11 December 2020 – 31 January 2021
Tour Dates 2021
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 1 May – 28 June 2021
USE is a touring exhibition in partnership between Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter) Inc. and Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Liveworm Studio; and the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Banner image above: Andy Lowrie, Heavy Heart (brooch), 2017. Steel, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel, graphite and paint. 10 x 7.5 x 2 cm. Photography: Michelle Bowden, Visuall Photography.