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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), 2017Steel, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel, graphite and paint. 10 x 7.5 x 2 cm. Photography: Michelle Bowden, Visuall Photography.


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