2 September - 5 October, 2019
Hang On To A Dream is an intimate exhibition drawing on the rich inspiration Lucy Sarneel finds in history, play and the small magic of every day.
15 October - 9 November, 2019
Melbourne artist Jo Scicluna and German jeweller Katrin Feulner work in different disciplines, but each makes work that concentrates at the point where two elements meet. ‘Visitors’ brings these artists as guests to Funaki for an exhibition that explores the nature of aesthetic objects, in balance and tension, across two fields of art practice.
4 February - 2 March, 2019
Jiro Kamata’s investigations of light and reflectivity find new expression in this exhibition, as he presents several new series of works.
12 March - 6 April, 2019
Linked is an entirely new body of work by renowned Australian jeweller Carlier Makigawa.
KARL & LISA
14 May - 15 June, 2019
Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker have been at the forefront of contemporary jewellery for over 20 years, constantly pushing and questioning what jewellery is and can be.
Don’t feed them
18 June - 13 July, 2019
Akiko Kurihara’s work is firmly rooted in the traditions of classical jewellery but draws its ideas from everywhere. It is full of wit and curiosity, communicated with the clarity and flair of a master technician. This is her first exhibition in Australia.
30 July - 24 August, 2019
Sue Lorraine has been playing with materials, techniques, ideas and concepts to tease out the space between the quantifiable and the abstract and build a collection of found, altered and fabricated wearable and non-wearable objects.
Between Nature and Artifice
20 February - 25 March, 2018
Daniel Kruger returns to Melbourne after ten years, with a new exhibition of works that explore the effect of culturally specific design on personal identity.
Funaki / The National: STOCKROOM
10 April - 5 May, 2018
Gallery Funaki (Melbourne) and The National (Christchurch) present STOCKROOM, a collaborative project held across both galleries through April and May.
Possession by Michihiro Sato
22 May - 16 June 2018
We are pleased to present Japanese artist Michihiro Sato’s first Australian solo exhibition, Possession.
July 3 - 28, 2018
Craig McIntosh presents his first Australian solo exhibition.
2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery
15 August - 15 September 2018
The 2018 Mari Funaki Award presents work by 30 emerging and established artists from around the world.
2 - 27 October, 2018
Inari Kiuru, Lore Langendries and Hyun-seok Sim draw out the transformative and surprising qualities of a single material.
MAKING FACES – A Jewellery Playbook
Manon van Kouswijk,
13 November - 8 December
From a beaded object that looks like a face to an abstract ornament that frames the face: MAKING FACES – A Jewellery Playbook is a new project by Manon van Kouswijk.
January 31 - February 25, 2017
MOON brings the work of renowned Spanish artist Marc Monzó to Australia.
HOLD: Exploring the Contemporary Vessel
April 18 - May 27, 2017
A survey of contemporary vessels by Australian and international makers, curated by Natasha Sutila.
June 6 - July 1, 2017
INTERFERENZ presents the recent work of Berlin based jeweller Thanh-Truc Nguyen, and is her first solo exhibition in Australia.
New Jewellery from China
August 26 - September 23, 2017
Ten jewellers from China reveal the international outlook of the movement in this major exhibition, co-curated with Professor Norman Cherry.
October 10 - November 4, 2017
In an inspired contemporary interpretation of Ormolu, silversmith Julie Blyfield and ceramicist Kirsten Coelho have collaborated to create a suite of porcelain containers with intricate silver lids and an accompanying collection of jewellery.
Recent Works: Weathered and Worn
November 14 - December 9, 2017
One of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths presents a new body of work that draws on the experience of Victorian coastal environments.
February 2 - March 5, 2016
Award winning jeweller Peter Hoogeboom trained as a contemporary jeweller at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and began using ceramics in his work in 1994. Chinawear is his first Australian exhibition.
March 15 - April 9, 2016
Carlier’s fine wire structures contain varied and complex evocations: the delicacy and intricacy of botanical specimens, the monumentality of rock formations, the microscopic wonder of crystal structures, even the planes and angles of modern architecture.
5×7: early career Australian makers
April 19 - May 14, 2016
We are proud to present new work by five up and coming artists from Melbourne and Canberra: Zoe Brand, Annie Gobel, Marcos Guzman, Inari Kiuru and Lindy McSwan.
May 31 - July 2, 2016
Kiko Gianocca’s fourth solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki is titled Pareidolia, which refers to the human trait of perceiving in an object or sound a pattern or meaning that doesn’t actually exist.
July 12 - August 13, 2016
In Blanche’s hands, glass and metal are transformed into limpid jewellery that spills and flows and falls down and round the body, circling it with light, […] yet in this latest work we see a fundamental shift in direction — a clear cut.
2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery
August 24 - September 24, 2016
The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery. 35 artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.
Evil & I
October 11 - November 12, 2016
Otto Künzli and Therese Hilbert return to Melbourne after six years, for an exhibition of new works, including the first pieces in important new series.
Many I love are here
November 15 - December 10, 2016
“The imaginings of our childhood selves live on in all kinds of interesting ways”.
(Natasha Mitchell, in conversation on Ratio National, sometime in October 2016)
This work is the same as what I have always done: except maybe this time I have allowed myself to be quieter, to see how close I can get; to know the many I love and have loved and how they are here, or not here, and not to be frightened or distracted by what I find.
Armillaria (Melbourne Hallimasch)
February 3 - March 7, 2015
Peter Bauhuis’s first Australian show in 10 years explores his innovative and idiosyncratic casting techniques applied to vessels and jewellery.
March 31 - May 2, 2015
Maureen Faye-Chauhan’s beautifully considered steel forms play with optical illusion, creating complex interior spaces within sophisticated geometric structures.
May 19 - June 20, 2015
Gallery Funaki is pleased to welcome the joint winners of the emerging prize from the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, Patrícia Correia Domingues and Sara Gackowska.
dark to light to dark
30 June - 1 August 2015
Gallery Funaki presents the work of Japanese artist Jiro Kamata, in dark to light to dark; his first Australian solo exhibition.
August 18 - September 12, 2015
Warwick Freeman’s 10th solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki, showing as part of Melbourne’s first Radiant Pavilion event.
October 6 - 31, 2015
Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.
November 10 - December 5, 2015
Emma Fielden interrogates the notion of micro- and macrocosm; how a small part connects to and defines a whole, in iota, her first solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki.
2 minds, 4 hands
Manon van Kouswijk,
February 11 to March 8, 2014
Two renowned Dutch jewellers present an exhibition of their recent work. Manon van Kouswijk, who currently lives and works in Melbourne, explores fragmentary forms in porcelain.
April 1 to 26, 2014
David Bielander returns to Melbourne for a new exhibition, following on from his career-high exhibition, Demiurge at the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem.
Pairs of Pieces
May 20 to June 14, 2014
“When I’m making my work, although I rarely have a clear idea of the end result, I am in pursuit of a fleeting vision that I chase along until the pieces start to materialize on my worktable.”
July 8 to August 9, 2014
Gallery Funaki presents a new body of work from Karl Fritsch. Selected works will also be shown from a recent collaboration between Fritsch and Auckland based photographer Gavin Hipkins.
Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery
August 12 to September 13, 2014
The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.
September 30 to October 25, 2014
Svenja John presents a new collection of pieces in her first exhibition in Australia since 2009.
February 5 to March 2, 2013
second nature, n.
An acquired behavior or trait that is so long practiced as to seem innate.
April 23 to May 18, 2013
To launch Gallery Funaki’s new interior, we’re pleased to present New Edition; a curated exhibition that explores the multiple/edition in contemporary jewellery.
The Lunatic Swing
June 4 to 29, 2013
Gallery Funaki proudly presents a group exhibition by six artists who met and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich: Attai Chen, Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary, Sungho Cho, Laura Deakin, Melanie Isverding and Emma Price.
July 23 to August 17, 2013
In her first solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki, Munich based artist Henriette Schuster presents a collection of jewellery that uses precious metals in simple, almost naïve ways to explore basic aesthetic relationships between two similar forms.
September 10 to October 5, 2013
Japanese born, German based artist Yutaka Minegishi presents his first solo exhibition in Australia.
October 29 to November 23, 2013
Marian Hosking’s recent research has taken her to familiar coastal and inland environments around Victoria and NSW.
Moments Like This
February 10 to March 3, 2012
“Making my jewellery feels like having a mystery-flight-ticket in the pocket, not knowing where one will end up. But at the same time I do have an aim. In the end there should be a damned good piece of jewellery.”
May 1 to 26, 2012
Warwick Freeman’s latest exhibition explores form, material and the quiet profundity of the everyday object.
Nature and Structure
May 13 to April 5, 2012
Nature and Structure is an exhibition by one of Australia’s most accomplished artists working at the height of her powers.
June 12 to July 7, 2012
If our collective subconscious brain could turn its pockets inside out, showing the world what we are really made of, it would look like Lisa’s work.
July 31 to August 25, 2012
Modernism’s dreams of the future may have become the stuff of our past, but through her jewellery, Blanche Tilden recognises in its most utopian moments an idea which still has the power to enchant us: that of a building made of glass…
Die Allgäuer Ringmaschine
September 3 to 15, 2012
Collected with passion by fashion and art movers and shakers, and awarded the highest honours in contemporary jewellery, Fritsch’s work is also held in public collections worldwide.
On Second Thoughts
September 25 to October 20, 2012
The jewellery of Kiko Gianocca (Switzerland) and Marc Monzó (Spain) is born of a need to make sense of the temporality, connectedness and the personal.
Some Uncertain Facts
November 13 to December 8, 2012
“The works in this exhibition are a collection of forms made in relation to one another, the previous one giving the next a reason for existing. They form an installation of a kind, perhaps a never-ending conundrum of propositions.”
Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces
February 1 to 26, 2011
A chemical bond is forming that cannot be broken… it’s now or never.
May 24 to June 18, 2011
Since 2004, when she travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow (NZ), Kirsten Haydon has explored the icy continent through jewellery and object making.
Bead the System
Manon van Kouswijk,
July 5 to 30, 2011
In her latest work, Dutch artist Manon van Kouswijk explores the idea of a strand of beads as a cycle without a clear beginning or end.
Output to Paths
August 23 to September 17, 2011
It isn’t always an easy companionship we share with Simon’s work. It can deny us easy access and require real focus: this is its challenge and its reward. As Simon says, “these pieces are not conceived to be made clear sense of”.
October 11 to November 5, 2011
“I aim to walk that fine line between making something simple…and at the same time abstract enough that it allows a shift to happen, that the piece becomes something altogether new when it unpredictably connects with you.”
November 8 to December 3, 2011
“Steel bridges, steel lines in the snow, construction site grey dust, an assemblage of materials that will be ordered and built back into the cold, greasy grey.”
To Hold and Be Held
April 20 to May 15, 2010
“I found a curious object in Lisbon at the fleamarket, I paid one euro for it and I still don‘t know what it is.”
June 8 to July 3, 2010
“I will be showing my first ‘made in New Zealand’ pieces. I’ve just built my own workshop in Wellington and am still keen to build more things. I like it.”
Emma Price & David Neale
August 3 to 28, 2010
Melbourne jewellers Emma Price and David Neale in an intimate exhibition of new work.
Leonids and Fumerols
October 5 to 30, 2010
You stand upon the earth; formed of the same stuff, rooted to your source by the forces that wed your weight with its. Yet look up to the sky: there too, your matter is spangled and scattered.
Odd One Out
November 9 to December 4, 2010
Sally Marsland presents an exhibition of new work.
March 10 to April 2, 2009
An integral part of this project involved travel to the Simpson and Tirrari deserts, north and south of the Copper Creek in north-eastern South Australia.
Silver Seams and Small Blocks
May 5 to 30, 2009
Marian Hosking’s practice focuses upon the embodiment of place in intimate objects.
July 7 to August 1, 2009
A new collection of pieces from renowned New Zealand jeweller Warwick Freeman.
August 4 to 29, 2009
In her latest jewellery, Svenja John works with her material, macrofol, four times thicker than she is used to.
October 6 to 31, 2009
Carlier Makigawa explores the parameters of small spaces in her new exhibition October 2009.