Tucked away in Crossley St, in the central business district of Melbourne, Gallery Funaki has been recognised as a driving force in the promotion of contemporary jewellery in Australia for 20 years. The gallery presents at least six solo and curated group exhibitions each year, including the biennial Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery.
Our artists are some of the most highly regarded in the field, including renowned European, New Zealand and Australian makers. Each is selected on the basis of their unique and highly skilled approach: their work is known for its conceptual strength, technical rigour and refined sensibility.
As well as showing jewellery, Gallery Funaki stocks a range of catalogues and monographs by represented artists.
Mari Funaki was an internationally lauded contemporary jeweller and object maker who founded Gallery Funaki in 1995. She arrived in Australia from Japan in 1979 to study painting, then gold & silversmithing at RMIT University. She twice won the Herbert Hofmann prize (1996 and 1999) and received an Australia Council Emeritus Prize in 2007. Mari passed away in 2010.
The director of Gallery Funaki, Katie Scott, has a background in design, event management and administration. She completed a BFA in Fine Arts (Metals and Jewellery) (Hons) at Monash University in 2006 and worked alongside Mari Funaki from 2005 until Mari's death in 2010.