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Inari Kiuru featured in ‘Concrete: Art Design Architecture’


Image: Inari Kiuru, Memory of the sea, interactive vessel-sculpture, 2017, 9 parts, 500 x 500mm when arranged as a square, conrete, pigments, mica, UV, water resistant sealant. Photograph by Inari Kiuru.

JamFactory Adelaide, 1 March – 28 April, 2019

CONCRETE: art design architecture is a major exhibition exploring innovative ways that concrete is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator) and Brian Parkes (CEO), the exhibition includes 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.

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Manon van Kouswijk’s Making Faces shortlisted for The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing


Image courtesy of Perimeter Books.

Congratulations to Manon van Kouswijk with designers Stuart Geddes and Ziga Testen, whose book Making Faces: a jewellery playbook, featured as part of Manon’s exhibition here last November, is shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.

An initiative of the NGV and supported by philanthropists Caroline and Philip Cornish, the annual prize is the most significant of its kind, recognising publishing as a critical creative practice. $15,000 is awarded to the winning book, with additional $1,000 prizes for up to four finalists. Winners will be announced at Melbourne Art Book Fair 2019, which runs as part of Melbourne Design Week, March 14-24.

Perimeter Books is hosting an official launch of Making Faces: a jewellery playbook on Saturday 9 March, 4-6pm at their store: 743 High St Thornbury, 3071. The launch will be accompanied by an informal conversation about the making of the publication. Contact Perimeter Books for more information.

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Marc Monzó awarded in Barcelona


Image: Marc Monzó, Untitled, brooch, 2019, silver, copper and steel, 120 x 80mm. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Congratulations to Marc Monzó, who has won the Ciutat de Barcelona Award (Design category) for his new group of works, Level, which was exhibited at Galerie OONA in Berlin last month. Awarded by the City Council of Barcelona “in recognition of his artistic career”, this prize celebrates the best in culture and science. Marc says “the works that are part of the Level exhibition are a set of pieces with a structural nature. These are naked skeletons that outline areas, their function would be similar to that of a three-dimensional map. Some of these compositions are inspired by small ephemeral constructions of gardens, or topography measurement tools.”

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Catherine Truman on the Mornington Peninsula


JamFactory’s touring exhibition ‘Catherine Truman: no surface holds’ opens on 21 September at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method. Investigating Truman’s 20 years of collaborative practice at the nexus of art and science, this exhibition is an important retrospective of the multiple engagements Truman has had working with scientists over this time as well as featuring a new body of work.

Catherine Truman will give a talk at 3pm, Saturday 22 September.

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Helen Britton in Newcastle


Helen Britton, portrait by Dirk Eisel

Helen Britton is currently artist in residence at The LockUp in her home town of Newcastle, NSW. If you’re in the area, join Helen for a talk about her career and the experience of returning to Newcastle, to explore and experience the place that through memory, has informed much of her practice.

Saturday 15 September, 2-3pm.

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‘Ormolu’ at JamFactory


Julie Blyfield & Kirsten Coelho, Yelta group, 2017, porcelain, matt white, banded iron oxide, saturated iron glaze, bi metal copper & sterling silver, sterling silver, cable, wax. Photo by Grant Hancock.

Adelaide’s JamFactory will soon host a re-staging of the major Ormolu exhibition by South Australian artists Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho. Ormolu first showed at Funaki in 2017, with key works acquired by Geelong Art Gallery. The new iteration of this wonderful show opens on 5 October.

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Important Marian Hosking archival works available


Marian Hosking, Brachychiton vessel, 2011, sterling silver. Photo by Fred Kroh.

Marian Hosking has recently made a significant group of key works from the last two decades of her practice available exclusively through Funaki. The catalogue of available works, which includes vessels and  is available below, please contact the gallery for more information.

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Winners of the 2018 Mari Funaki Award


Benedikt Fischer, Pearly Whites 5, 2018, shell, mother of pearl, remanium, sculpey / Samira Goetz, DWELL, necklace, 2018, epoxy concrete, cotton thread

Congratulations to Benedikt Fischer, winner of the 2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery in the Established category for his series of five Pearly Whites brooches, made from shell, mother of pearl, remanium and sculpey.

Congratulations also to Samira Goetz (Germany), winner of the A$2000 prize in the Emerging category for her necklace, DWELL. The judges commented that this piece “works so well and is extremely wearable despite the fact that it’s big. It’s bold and it’s well resolved.”

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AGWA acquisition


This month we’re proud to announce a significant acquisition by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Works by Yutaka Minegishi, Helen Britton, Manon van Kouswijk, Blanche Tilden, Daniel Kruger and Marcos Guzman have now entered AGWA’s permanent collection, continuing to build one of Australia’s most important public collections of international contemporary jewellery.

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Blanche Tilden for Heide Museum of Modern Art


Blanche Tilden, Earrings, 2018, flameworked borocilicate glass, oxidised sterling silver, photograph by John Gollings.

The major exhibition Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston has just opened at Heide Museum of Modern Art, marking a special moment in the history Australian design. This remarkable pair, partners in life and work, had a profound influence and continues to this day.

Blanche Tilden has previously worked with Mary Featherston using elements of Grant’s glass work. Especially for this exhibition, she has created a series of jewellery pieces that draw on the Featherstons’ forms, palettes and material ethos. This beautifully crafted jewellery is available exclusively from Heide.

Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston is on show until 7 October.

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Julie Blyfield in Stanthorpe Art Prize


Julie Blyfield, Silver, leaves of grey, 2018, wall object, sterling silver, 24x20x3cm, photograph by Grant Hancock

Congratulations to Julie Blyfield, whose sculpture Silver, leaves of grey (above) has been selected for the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018, held at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery in Queensland from 16 June to 19 July. Winners share in $40,000 in total prize money, to be announced at the opening on 15 June. The works are available to purchase.

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‘Aurora Australis’ curated by Katie Scott now showing in Montreal


Simon Cottrell, Bell Pipe, pendant, 2018, monel, cord, photograph by the artist.

Aurora Australis – a major exhibition of work by 17 artists living and working here in Australia – opened over the weekend at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal. Curated by Funaki director Katie Scott, the exhibition features work by Julie Blyfield, Simon Cottrell, Anna Davern, Bin Dixon-Ward, Sian Edwards, Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Emma Fielden, Marcos Guzman, Kirsten Haydon, Marian Hosking, Inari Kiuru, Sue Lorraine, Carlier Makigawa, Sally Marsland, Blanche Tilden, Catherine Truman and Manon van Kouswijk.

Simon Cottrell will conduct a masterclass at the École joaillerie Montréal in early July, to coincide with this exhibition.

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Otto Künzli, 'Oh, Say!' brooch, 1991, gold, 90 x 90 x 6mm, edition of 8

We’re very proud that Otto Künzli’s iconic work, ‘Oh, Say!’ has recently been acquired by Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

‘Oh, Say!’ is a discomfiting composite of emblemsL the Christian cross, a Klu-Klux Klan hood, a skull, a star, a heart and Mickey Mouse, worn like a sheriff’s badge. It’s a symbol of the American unconscious – perhaps more relevant today than ever.

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Blanche Tilden: Liquid Form, Ian Potter Museum of Art


Blanche Tilden, Spring Green necklace, 2006, flameworked borosilicate glass, silver.

Blanche Tilden’s work is on show until 28 October at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, in Liquid Form: Ancient and contemporary glass.

Displaying significant artefacts from the Egyptian and Roman periods alongside the work of contemporary makers, Liquid Form examines the development of faience and glass manufacture in the ancient world and demonstrates how these methods have been reinvigorated and extended in the modern era.

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Svenja John at CODA Museum


This week sees the opening of Future Form, a major exhibition of work by Svenja John and Beate Eismann, at CODA Museum in The Netherlands.

The exhibition examines the relationship of new technologies with traditional artisanship – what do new techniques do to the magic and mystery of making and creating? What motivates artists to integrate these new techniques into their work?

Future Form opens on Sunday 6 May and runs until 29 July.

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Te Papa Museum in Wellington is currently staging a major retrospective of Lisa Walker’s work: I want to go to my bedroom but I can’t be bothered, charting her remarkable 30 year career from her studies in Dunedin in the late 1980s, through her time completing her Diplom and etsablishing herself as a major new talent in Munich, to her return to New Zealand and today.

Throughout her career, Lisa Walker has pushed toward the extreme. She is described as a ‘contemporary archaeologist’, excavating culture, art, fashion, and photography for ideas and materials. An extraordinary range of works is on display, made from materials including copper, pearls, and pounamu, to found objects like LEGO, cell phones, and egg beaters.

I want to go to my bedroom but I can’t be bothered runs until 22 July.

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Lisa Walker, Pendant, 2014, plastic, laquer, thread

Manon van Kouswijk on show in NZ


Manon van Kouswijk, Ornamental Residue, brooches, 2012-14, porcelain, glaze, silver. Photograph by Jeremy Dillon

Manon van Kouswijk’s work is on display until 12 March at Te Uru Gallery in Auckland, in an exhibition curated by James Anderson.

The Ornamental Residue pieces are a series of works made in 2014, which originate from a study into the typology of brooches. For this series, Manon van Kouswijk applies a range of processes and abstractions to iconic brooch forms and motifs from the history of jewellery.

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Geelong Gallery acquisition


Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho, Burra, 2017, porcelain, matt white, banded iron oxide, sterling silver, blackened sterling silver, bi-metal sterling silver and copper. Photograph by Grant Hancock

We’re pleased to announce that Geelong Gallery has acquired four significant works from our 2017 exhibition Ormolu by Austalian artists Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho. The pieces, which reference historical Australian domestic objects, have entered the collection through the Dorothy McAllister Bequest.

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Otto Künzli – 2018 Klassiker der Moderne


Otto Künzli, Komainu II, 2015, brooch, wood, pigment. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Congratulations to Otto Künzli, who has been named the 2018 ‘Klassiker der Moderne’ (Modern Classic). This honour, accompanied by a retrospective exhibition, is given each year during the Munich-based Schmuck exposition, to an artist who is considered to have made an important contribution to contemporary jewellery history.

Swiss artist Otto Künzli was Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, where he taught goldsmithing and headed the department for Jewellery and Hollowware from 1991 to 2014. He received the City of Munich Design Award in 2017, with the jury saying “His excellent role has played a decisive part in the City of Munich being regarded as a centre of jewellery design throughout the world – a phenomenon that is reflected at the special jewellery exhibition of the International Craft Trades Fair year in year out.”

Otto Künzli last exhibited in Melbourne in 2016 in Evil and I, with Therese Hilbert.

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Modern Masters exhibition 2018


Marian Hosking, Seaweed vessel, 2004, 925 silver. Photograph by Julian Hutchens.

Marian Hosking, Jiro Kamata and Sally Marsland will exhibit their work at the Teilnehmerliste Meister der Moderne (Modern Masters) 2018 in Munich this March.

Part of the Schmuck exposition at the Internationalen Handwerksmesse, this is a highly regarded exhibition of international craft including glass, ceramic, metal, textile and jewellery. This year will feature 31 artists from 11 countries and runs from March 7-11.

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Blanche Tilden at Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery


Blanche Tilden, Grand Palais, 2014, water-jet cut, cold worked and lampworked borosilicate glass, oxidised silver, 40x380mm. Photograph by Grant Hancock.

Blanche Tilden is part of a major touring exhibition titled GLASS: art desig architecture, at Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery until 18 February. Go here for more information.

Co-curated By Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes of Jam Factory, Adelaide, GLASS: art design architecture showcases 23 outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices and relationships to this versatile material.

She joins fellow exhibitors Andrew Simpson/Vert Design, Architectus, Blanche Tilden, Charles Wright Architects, Clare Belfrage, Deb Jones, Elliat Rich, illumini (Karen Cunningham and Mandi King), Janet Laurence, Jess Dare, Jessica Loughlin, Keep Cup, Mark Douglass, Max Pritchard Architect, Mel Douglas, Nicholas Folland, Richard Whitely, Ruth Allen, Tom Moore, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer/Taylor Cullity Lethlean/ Aurecon), Wendy Fairclough, Woods Bagot and Yhonnie Scarce.

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Marc Monzó, ‘Fire House Sky Table Flower’ at the Stedelijk Museum


Marc Monzó group of works, image courtesy of Stedelijk Museum and the artist.

A major survey exhibition of work by Barcelona-based artist Marc Monzó, Fire House Sky Table Flower, is currently being shown at the Stedelijk Museum’s Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. This exhibition marks the awarding of the prestigious Françoise van den Bosch prize to Monzó last year.

The exhbition runs until 4th March 2018. Go here for more information.

A new publication was launched at the opening of the exhibition, titled SUN, published by Puente Editores. This book is available at Funaki.

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Margaret West brooches available


Margaret West, Alba brooch,1999, stone, paint, silver.

A small selection of brooches by the late Australian artist Margaret West have been made available through Gallery Funaki. Margaret West was a renowned maker and poet, whose work is held in public and private collections here and overseas.

Her work in granite, slate and marble, along with river pebbles and other stones, was marked by a profound simplicity and directness. As Patricia Anderson wrote in her tribute to West, “the durable and aesthetic qualities of these materials were at the heart of her explorations, but so were the emphemerals that surrounded them, the shifting earth, the sky, the air and the wilting flowers. She found these symbols of both permanence and impermanence in gardens and cemeteries — in flowers and gravestones.”

Margaret West lived in the latter part of her life in the Blue Mountains and died in 2015, at age 78.

We have five significant works available from her 1997-1999 series Notes (the sky is a garden).

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Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery acquisition


Inari Kiuru, A tree and the night's edge (left), concrete, pigment, copper, mica, glass, paint, silver, stainless steel; and The universe sees us asleep (right), concrete, pigment, charcoal, mica, glass, paint, silver, stainless steel, both 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery recently acquired works by Inari Kiuru and Blanche Tilden, from the 2017 Contemporary Wearables Award.

Blanche Tilden’s ‘Flow 03’ necklace has entered Toowoomba’s permanent holdings, along with Inari Kiuru’s concrete brooches from the ‘Night falls over Brunswick’ series (pictured). These works were featured in the Mari Funaki Award last year.

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Emma Fielden a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize


Pictured: An Infinite Line (1km), 2017, 1 kilometre of hand cut linen thread on polyurethane coated aluminium panel, 60cm x 60cm x 10cm with panel, thread component approximately 20x20x8cm (variable). Photo courtesy of the artist.

Emma Fielden has been selected as a finalist for The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council.

Emma is one of 46 finalists selected from 675 entries by the 2017 guest judges – curator, writer, artist, activist and first Indigenous judge for the Prize, Djon Mundine OAM, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong Alexie Glass-Kantor, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley OAM.

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Emma Fielden named a finalist for NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship


Image, from left: 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Finalists with Artspace and Create NSW staff, Create NSW Senior Manager Sector Investment (Arts) Sam Wild, Artspace Deputy Director Michelle Newton and Front of House Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant Lola Pinder, artists Ashleigh Garwood, Louise Zhang, Jason Phu and Emily Parsons-Lord, Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, Fernando do Campo, Spence Messih, Emma Fielden, Shan Turner-Carroll, Claudia Nicholson, Artspace Curator Talia Linz and Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey. Photo: Maja Baska

Congratulations to Emma Fielden, who was recently named a finalist to be the recipient of the 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship (NSWVAEF). She is shortlisted alongside artists Fernando do Campo, Ashleigh Garwood, Spence Messih, Claudia Nicholson, Emily Parsons-Lord, Jason Phu, Shan Turner-Carroll and Louise Zhang.

Valued at $30,000, this Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. With a 100-year history, the Fellowship is a key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW. Now in its 21st year at Artspace, it continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences.

Of the nine finalists one artist will be awarded the Fellowship on the opening night of the exhibition, Wednesday 8 November, 2017. We wish Emma every success!

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Yutaka Minegishi masterclass


Yutaka Minegishi, Ring, 2015, agate

Next month, RMIT will hold a four-day masteclass with Munich-based jeweller Yutaka Minegishi. Yutaka is best known for his extraordinarily sinuous, dynamic rings carved from wood and, more recently, stone.

The class will run from 28-31 August and participants will use wood as a starting point. The objective will be to carve a ring for the hand. Using the porous and structural properties of wood participants will work using essential processes to explore contemporary forms. Traditionally goldsmiths build and model using metal components, sections and constituents to join and build form and structure. In this masterclass, Yutaka will lead participants to use wood as a material and work only with the reductive and subtractive techniques to produce form by carving and stripping back material.

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Catherine Truman, ‘No surface holds’


Catherine Truman’s solo exhibition ‘No surface holds’ opens on July 20 at JamFactory in Adelaide as part of their Icon series, which was launched in 2013 to celebrate the achievements of South Australia’s most accomplished craft and design practitioners.

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to finite carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it. She was described by Melinda Rackham in Catherine’s 2016 monograph as “…a holistic maker – acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her and her makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human being”.

Catherine Truman: No surface holds is on show from 21 July – 17 September at JamFactory before touring nationally.

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Genevieve Howard works acquired by NGV


Genevieve Howard, 'Song of the Chanter', necklace, 2016, Japanese linen paper. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Dublin-based aritst Genevieve Howard’s Song of the Chanter necklace and bracelet have recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Genevieve’s jewellery practice is closely tied to her passion for music. She graduated with a Degree in Metals and Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design in 2015, and is also an accompished musician (her instrument is the harp). Genevieve translates pieces of music into tactile and wearable forms, by using new technologies such as laser cutting combined with traditional handmade and metalwork techniques.

The Song of the Chanter necklace and bracelet set were highly commended in the Mari Funaki Award 2016. We congratulate Genevieve on this significant acquisition.

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Kirsten Haydon wins at Victorian Craft Awards


Kirsten Haydon, Ice Past, Ice Cut, Ice Remnant, 2016, porcelain, silver, glass, wood, paper, steel, thread, 430x625x50mm, photograph by Kirsten Haydon

Congratulations to our artist Kirsten Haydon, who last night took home the Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award at the Victorian Craft Awards, held at the Sofitel Melbourne. Congratulations also to our artists Inari Kiuru, Lindy McSwan, Yu Fang Chi and Blanche Tilden, who were all named finalists. The Awards are Victoria’s largest biennial exhibition of craft artists, showcasing excellence and innovation across all mediums. Kirsten’s winning work was Ice Past, Ice Cut, Ice Remnant. Ice Past is a pair of contrasting necklaces. Traces and samples, Ice Cut and Ice Remnant reflect on the landscape of Antarctica and its ongoing testing and fragmenting. One constructed from silver reflecting on the sampling of water droplets, the other remnants of unique porcelain moulds. The constructed and moulded forms sample or drape and fall on the body.

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News for Blanche Tilden


Blanche Tilden, Flow 03 necklace, 2016, flameworked borosilicate glass, titanium, 300x210x23mm as displayed. Photograph by Grant Hancock

Blanche Tilden’s work is featured in the 2017 Tom Malone Glass Prize, Luminous: 15 Years of the Tom Malone Prize at the Art Gallery of WA until 25 June.

Her 2016 necklace Flow 03 is also featured in the new issue of New Glass Review from the Corning Museum of Glass. New Glass Review is an international juried selection of the 100 most innovative works created during the previous year in glass across art, architecture, craft and design.

An important early work, Short Conveyor, is now on show at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of their new exhibition Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, until 1 October.

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Catherine Truman CODA Acquisition


Image: 'Fugitive Portraits 1,2,3', 2005, Carved English Lime, Shu Niku ink, paint, graphite, sterling silver, steel.

Congratulations to Catherine Truman for the recent acquisition of Fugitive Portraits 1,2,3 by CODA Museum.

Made in 2005, this series stands as a particularly strong example of Catherine’s exploration of anatomy and human form in artistic and scientific contexts.


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MEDUSA: Jewellery and Taboos


Image: Manon van Kouswijk, Pearls for Girls, 2012, porcelain, pigment, glaze, thread, 14kt gold

A number of Funaki represented artists will have work exhibited in MEDUSA: Jewellery and Taboos, at the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art. Through a diverse selection of over 300 works, MEDUSA will explore taboos related to the jewellery object.

Funaki artists include Manon van Kouswijk, Karl Fritsch, Gijs Bakker, Helen Britton, Peter Bauhuis, David Bielander, Paul Derrez, Otto Künzli, Kiko Gianocca, Peter Hoogeboom, Lisa Walker and Warwick Freeman. For those fortunate enough to be in Paris this European summer, MEDUSA will open on May 19.

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David Bielander receives Swiss Grand Award for Design


Image: David Bielander, 'Selfie with Cardboard Crown'

Congratulations to David Bielander for being one of three recipients of the 2017 Swiss Grand Award for Design.

Each year, the Swiss Federal Design Commission recognises the work of three artist/designers who have played a defining role in Swiss creative culture.

In granting this award, the Swiss Federal Design Commission stated: “The Confederation grants Bielander a Swiss Grand Award for Design in recognition of his unconventional point of view and critical method, which yield unconventional and striking results that set him at the forefront of international jewellery design.”

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David Bielander at MUDAC


David Bielander’s significant survey exhibition ‘Carte Blanche’ opens tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland.


“David Bielander transforms everyday objects into jewellery.  Elements such as prawns, pineapples, beetles or raspberries are immediately recognisable, yet disconcerting.  The aim of Bielander’s tromp-l’oeil is not to mystify the viewer but to set up a humourous interplay between the wearer and the jewellery itself.  He seeks out the most suitable materials and techniques with which to simulate reality, yet it is not until his pieces are worn that they come to life.”

The exhibition runs until 30 April, 2017. Go here for more information.

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David Bielander, 'Cardboard Crown', 2015, gold, edition of 5, photograph by Dirk Eisel

Marc Monzó lecture at RMIT


Helen Britton ‘Interstices’ at Lawrence Wilson Gallery, WA


The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia will soon open a new exhibition showcasing 25 years of work from renowned Australian artist, Helen Britton.

Presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival, Helen Britton: Interstices includes new pieces that draw inspiration from Western Australia’s coastline.

UWA Chief Cultural Officer, Professor Ted Snell said, “Britton is herself ‘in between’, rooted in both Germany and Australia.  Her work is a meditation on her own history as she engages with artefacts and environments that act as powerful triggers.”

Inspired by the history of popular culture, Britton creates works that trigger memory.  In examining these finely crafted objects, or experiencing the atmosphere of the exhibition scenography, you discover forms that resonate, establishing a dialogue between artist, object, space and observer.

Helen Britton: Interstices runs 11 February to 15 April 2017. Opening 6pm, Friday 10 February.  Go here for more information.

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‘Steel’ exhibition at the Jam Factory


We’re thrilled that our artists Simon Cottrell, Maureen Faye-Chauhan and Sue Lorraine, as well as our gallery’s founder Mari Funaki, have their work exhibited as part of a major new exhibition at the Jam Factory in Adelaide from 17th Feb.

STEEL: art design architecture explores innovative ways that steel is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. The exhibition will tour 15 venues nationally and is accompanied by a 264-page catalogue.

Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator), the exhibition includes 29 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with steel within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.

Please contact Jam Factory for more information.

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Maureen Faye-Chauhan, 'Many Facets' brooch, stainless steel

Upcoming masterclass with Marc Monzó


We look forward to welcoming Barcelona-based artist Marc Monzó in Melbourne early next year.  To coincide with his much anticipated exhibition at Funaki, Marc will conduct a masterclass at RMIT titled ‘The Big Bang and You’.

Marc Monzó is a leading contemporary jeweller who recently won the 2016 Francoise van den Bosch Award, with the jurors stating “the Spanish jewellery maker is well known for his clear and intelligent jewellery designs. The jury praises his capacity to reduce jewellery to its essence, meanwhile remaining poetic, elegant and playful.”

Marc’s exhibition will open at Funaki on 31 January. For more information on the RMIT masterclass, go here.

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Image courtesy of Marc Monzó and klimt02

Lisa Walker at Christchurch Art Gallery


Image: Lisa Walker, Necklace, 2016, fabric, stuffing, thread. Photograph by Lisa Walker.

Christchurch Art Gallery is soon to open a major exhibition of new and recent works by the incomparable New Zealand artist Lisa Walker.

“Lisa Walker’s audaciously imagined works don’t sit comfortably within the contours of conventional jewellery. Co-opting increasingly unlikely materials – animal skins, children’s toys, even kitchen utensils – she confounds expectations, redrawing the margins in strange and delightful ways.”

Lisa Walker was the winner of the Francoise van den Bosch Award in 2010, and became a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2015.

0+0=0 opens on December 16.

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Lucy Sarneel at CODA Museum


CODA Museum in Apeldorn will soon stage a major retrospective exhibition by Dutch artist Lucy Sarneel.  Private Territory in Public will show works spanning the length of Lucy’s impressive career, marking the achievements of one of the Netherlands most respected makers.

Lucy Sarneel: Private Territory in Public opens on January 15 and runs until April 9.

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Pictured: Lucy Sarneel, Starry Sky Drive, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist and CODA Museum.

David Bielander wins Silver Triennial


Image: David Bielander, Paper Bag (Wine) vessel, 2016, patinated silver.

Congratulations to David Bielander, who recently won the Robbe & Berking (1st) Prize AT THE INTERNATIONAL SILVER TRIENNIAL, Germany with his work Paper Bag (Wine) vessel and Cardboard Crucifix.


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Schmuck exhibitors announced


Congratulations to Svenja John and Karl Fritsch, who have been announced as exhibitors at the 2017 Schmuck event in Munich.

In a list where emerging artists are featured strongly, we also congratulate Sara Gackowska on being selected.  Sara jointly won the 2014 Mari Funaki Award, emerging section.


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Image: Svenja John, Sibiu, bracelet, 2012, hand coloured Macrolon.

2017 Silver Triennial


Australian artists Marian Hosking and Julie Blyfield have both been selected to take part in the 18th Silver Triennial in Germany.

Organized by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths’ Art) and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (German Goldsmiths’ House), the Triennial has promoted international contemporary silversmithing since 1965.

The exhibition will take place at the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau and other venues through until early 2018.

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Marian Hosking, Bush and Beach vessels, 2016, sterling silver, abalone shell.

Emma Fielden residency at Penrith Regional Gallery


Emma Fielden, Mapping the Void (detail). 2016. Iron oxide pigment, crushed ferrite magnets, neodymium magnets, linen thread. Site specific installation, pictured here at Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.

Sydney jeweller and artist Emma Fielden will shortly begin a six-week residency at the Penrith Regional Gallery as part of their Gravity and Wonder exhibition program.

Emma is one of three artists selected, each being paired with a scientist to create new work, which will then be exhibited for a further six weeks.  Emma will collaborate with scientist Andrew O’Brien, a radio astronomer and PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney whose work focuses on galaxy clusters and dark matter.

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AJF Interview with Susan Taylor & Peter Jones


A must-read interview has just been published by Art Jewelry Forum: Manon van Kouswijk spent time talking with and exploring the collection of Canberra-based collectors Susan Taylor and Peter Jones.

Susan and Peter have been collecting contemporary jewellery as well as contemporary art for many years, with an impressive level of engagement and thought.

Read about their project here.

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Catherine Truman: new book in stock


Pictured: Catherine Truman, Ongoing Being, 2010, mixed media, 100x200x30cm, photograph by Grant Hancock

“The mainfold practice of artist Catherine Truman is the subject of our 2016 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival exhibition. Truman works in contemporary jewellery, sculpture, public art, object based installation, photography and the moving image. She is well-known for her diverse practise that largely draws inspiration from the human form and explores the affinity between art and science. She is co-founder of Adelaide’s Gray Street Workshop, a collectively run studio for artists working in jewellery and object making, and is the subject of the 2016 SALA monograph, written by Melinda Rackham and published by Wakefield Press.”

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Therese Hilbert & Otto Künzli at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur


If you find yourself in Switzerland between now and November 6, be sure to catch an exhibition by Therese Hilbert and Otto Künzli at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

Therese Hilbert and Otto Künzli are two of Switzerland’s most renowned jewellery artists and have been working side by side since the 1970s.  This exhibition is a major survey show covering the major aspects of their respective careers.

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New essay by Pravu Mazumdar


Pictured from the essay: Peter Bauhuis, Hearts brooches, 2003, silver

A new essay by the philosopher and jewellery-thinker Pravu Mazumdar is now available on the Alchimia blog.

Titled ‘Wishful Thinking: on Hybridity, Human Nature and the Future of Jewellery’, the essay examines the nature and future of art jewellery in relation to contemporary culture.  Always challenging and invigorating, Pravu Mazumdar’s work is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary jewellery.

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Catherine Truman survey exhibition at AGSA


Catherine Truman has been selected as the featured artist for the 2016 South Australian Living Artist Festival (SALA) and will be subject of a SALA monograph to be published in August.

The Art Gallery of South Australia will present a comprehensive survey exhibition of her work from June 11 until September 4, 2016.  More information can be found here.

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Yutaka Minegishi wins the Förderpreise 2016 der Laundeshauptstadt München


Yutaka Minegishi, Ring, 2016, ebony

Congratulations to Yutaka Minegishi, who has just been announced as the winner of the prestigious Förderpreise 2016 der Laundeshauptstadt München.  A small selection of Yutaka’s meticulously carved rings in ebony and other precious timbers are available to view in the gallery now.

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Entries now open for the Mari Funaki Award


Kiko Gianocca, Veneer #2 neckpiece, 2014, wood veneer, balsawood, brass. Winner of the 2014 Mari Funaki Award.

Entries are now being accepted for the second Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, to be held this August/September.

For full terms and conditions, and more information, please visit

Entries close on May 15th at 11.59pm AEST.

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New work from Godwin Baum


We have recently received a beautiful selection of new work from German goldsmith Godwin Baum.

Earrings and rings in gold and silver with moonstone, lapis, diamonds, carnelian, ruby and sapphire, as well as a major new necklace in blackened silver, are on display now.

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Godwin Baum, Untitled (ring), 2015, 22k gold, carnelian

Karl Fritsch and Francis Upritchard in conversation at MUMA


Francis Upritchard, Tourist 2012 (detail), modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London.

Karl Fritsch is in Melbourne this week for the opening of London based, New Zealand born artist Francis Upritchard’s first major survey exhibition, Jealous Saboteurs, at the Monash University Museum of Art.

Francis Upritchard and Karl Fritsch have collaborated extensively over several years and will discuss this relationship, and others, in a conversation convened by Paola de Trocchio, Curator International Fashion and Textiles, NGV.  The event coincides with the opening of the exhibition, this Saturday 13 Feb from 2-3pm at MUMA, Caulfield. Free entry.

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Interview with Otto Künzli


Otto Künzli, Kagami pendant, 2014-15, binchotan, urushi (Japanese charcoal and lacquer). Image courtesy of Otto Künzli.

n extensive interview by Akiko Makiyama with Otto Künzli is available now on the klimt02 website.  Künzli discusses the recent showing of his touring retrospective, The Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, as well as new pieces including the I Made It – You Name It series (one of which is available to view at the gallery), collaborations and his thoughts on jewellery, education and art.  Otto’s voice is articulate, fierce and brilliant and I highly recommend a close reading of this wonderful conversation.

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Gallery Funaki artists at Schmuck


Simon Cottrell, Paired Uneven Double, 2015, monel 400, stainless steel, woven nylon cord, 4.5x4x3cm.

Congratulations to Funaki artists Simon Cottrell, Jiro Kamata and Henriette Schuster, whose work will be presented next month at the prestigious Schmuck event in Munich, 24 February – 1 March.

Gallery Funaki will be there reporting on all the action – follow us on Instagram to stay up to date.

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Marc Monzó wins the Françoise van den Bosch Award


The Françoise van den Bosch Award is presented every two years to an outstanding practitioner of contemporary jewellery, and is considered among the most prestigious prizes in the field.
We are thrilled to announce that Funaki-represted artist Marc Monzó has just been nominated as the 2016 winner.  He joins such illustrious company as David Bielander (2012), Lisa Walker (2010), Karl Fritsch (2006), Warwick Freeman (2002) and Otto Künzli (1990).
Marc Monzó trained at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, graduating in 2000.  He has exhibited extensively since 1998 and his work is held in public collections worldwide.
Marc Monzó exhibited with Kiko Gianocca at Funaki in 2012 and will present a solo exhibition at the gallery in early 2017.  If you happen to be in Germany, his work can be seen from next week as part of ‘From Here and There’.
Image: Marc Monzó, Big Solitaire brooch, silver, cubic zirconia

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Marc Monzó, Big Solitaire brooch, silver, cubic zirconia

Lisa Walker wins 2015 NZ Arts Foundation laureate award


Congratulations also to Lisa Walker, who has just received the Arts Foundation Laureate Award for 2015.  Lisa is widely regarded as one of the most influential contemporary jewellers to come out of New Zealand and has been represented by Funaki since 2000.

The Arts Foundation Laureate Award, based in New Zealand, is an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.

The Laureate Awards are presented to five artists annually at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards. Each recipient receives $50,000 in recognition of their achievement and as a challenge for them to continue working at high levels.

Lisa’s work can also be seen in the upcoming From Here and There exhibition in Germany.

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Lisa Walker, Untitled (necklace), 2011, sheepskin

‘From Here and There’, curated by Daniel Kruger


A major pair of exhibitions will shortly open in Germany, curated by Prof. Daniel Kruger to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Burg Giebichenstein Halle.

The first presents works by young international jewellery artists from many parts of the world and shows the diverse trends in current author-jewellery.  A parallel exhibition also showcases works by teachers, graduates and students of Kruger’s Jewellery Class at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design.

Exhibiting artists include some of the leading lights of the jewellery movement, including Funaki-represented artists Helen Britton, Simon Cottrell, Karl Fritsch, Kiko Gianocca, Sally Marsland, Marc Monzó, Lucy Sarneel, Lisa Walker and David Bielander.

Opens 12 November and runs until 3 March 2016, at the Burg Galerie in Volkspark, Halle.

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New work by Karl Fritsch


We have a small selection of new pieces by Karl Fritsch in stock, including several very wearable, engagement-style pieces featuring diamonds.

Karl has also used niello in several new works, including the wonderful ring in our 20/20 show.  Niello gives a lustrous black effect similar to enamel; it has been used since Egyptian times to inlay metalwork, and is found most commonly in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and early Medieval jewellery. The full range of Karl Fritsch’s currently available work can be found on our website.

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Svenja John in Boston


Svenja John’s jewellery is currently featured in a new exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.  Crafted: Objects in Flux examines recent dramatic changes in contemporary craft as artists embrace and explore the boundaries between craft, art and design.

The exhibition runs until January 2016. Go here for more information.

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Svenja John 'Murano' bracelet

Otto Künzli in Japan


Otto Künzli’s vast career retrospective, Otto Künzli: The Exhibition, opens at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum on October 9th.

Born in 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, Otto Künzli is one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary jewellery. Thanks to his consistently conceptual approach, as well as the humor he expresses through his works, Künzli has also gained attention and regard beyond that field.

This exhibition was originally shown at Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich and has toured to MUDAC – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne. This leg of the tour brings together over 150 works, ranging from his earliest pieces dating from 1967. The exhibition also includes drawings, photographs and installations.

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Manon van Kouswijk wins at the Victorian Craft Awards


Manon van Kouswijk 'Out of the Office'

Congratulations to Manon van Kouswijk, who won the $5000 Excellence Award at the Victorian Craft Awards, judged by Tony Ellwood, Director at NGV.

Manon’s work, as well as work by all 116 finalists, including Funaki artists Kirsten Haydon, Maureen Faye-Chauhan and Blanche Tilden, can be seen across four venues until August 15.

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Blanche Tilden at Incinerator Gallery


Blanche Tilden 'Brunel' necklace

Blanche Tilden is showing three major neckpieces as part of an exhibition at Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, titled Contemporary Glass: Refracting a History.

The exhibition features ten prominent glass artists including Kristel Britcher, Georgina Cockshott, Jennifer Ashley King, Jeremy Lepisto, Kristin McFarlane, Nadia Mercuri, Philip Stokes and Bethany Wheeler, and is curated by Nadia Mercuri and the Incinerator Gallery.

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Panorama by Julie Blyfield


Panorama by Julie Blyfield

Julie Blyfield has recently completed a major new body of work, to be shown in Wales (Ruthin Crafts Centre) and Scotland (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh) until February 2016.  Panorama is a series of 53 jewellery pieces and small scale objects inspired by the Australian landscape, in particular the remote Olary region of South Australia.

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Article: David Bielander Cardboard bracelets


Art Jewelry Forum recently published a terrific article by Dutch writer and teacher Rutger Emmelkamp about David Bielander’s new Wellpappe (Corrugated Cardboard) bracelets.  Made of patinated silver with white gold staples, these award winning pieces are taking the world by storm.  We will have these remarkable pieces available from late September – contact the gallery for more information and to reserve yours.

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David Bielander 'Wellpappe (Cardboard)' bracelets

Helen Britton at Vasse Felix


In Context, at the Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix, presents the work of represented artist Helen Britton in the context of works by some of the key artists from the early years of her development in Western Australia. These artists include Barbara Bolt, Pippin Drysdale, Nola Farman, Gill Irvine, Else van Keppel, and Phillipa O’Brien, alongside her current West Australian collaborators, Justine McKnight and Michelle Taylor. Works of David Bielander and Yutaka Minegishi – Gallery Funaki artists and Helen’s Munich studio partners for now over 13 years – will also be on show. This exhibition of over 60 works covers jewellery, fashion, textiles, painting, drawing and ceramics.

The exhibition will be opened on Sunday, 14th June, by Janet Holmes à Court. Helen Britton will be in residence from 21 September until 11 October and will give a floor talk on 3 October.

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Surfacing workshop


Sara and Patrícia conducted a successful workshop and seminar at Northcity4 on Saturday, May 23.

The workshop participants included TAFE and university students as well as practising artists and designers. They were encouraged to work in a quick, spontaneous way, all throwing themselves into some focussed and productive play using language combined with a plethora of found materials.

The well attended evening seminar saw Sara and Patrícia each present a lecture about their jewellery, their professional practice and their approach to contemporary jewellery as a career.

Thanks to Northcity4, in particular Katherine Bowman and Caz Guiney, for hosting the events and providing extensive organisational support.

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New books in stock


Several new titles have recently arrived at Gallery Funaki, both published by Art Jewelry Forum in the US.  Shows and Tales: On Jewelry Exhibition-Making  ($48, edited by Benjamin Lignel) is a critical text for anyone interested in the curatorial aspects of contemporary jewellery, as it examines landmark exhibitions of the last 60 years. Best of Interviews ($35), is just that; a compilation of 20 of the best interviews with teachers, makers, curators, collectors and dealers conducted by AJF.  Both are available now.

We also have a new shipment of Daniel Kruger’s brilliant monograph, Nature and Artifice ($90) in stock now.

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David Bielander wins Bavarian State Prize


Congratulations to David Bielander, who won the prestigious Bayerischer Staatspreis (the Bavarian State Prize) at this year’s Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich, Germany.
David’s winning series of deceptive and witty bracelets, titled Wellpappe, are made in silver and white gold (and will be available at Funaki later this year).  Photograph by Dirk Eisel.

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David Bielander 'Wellpappe' bracelet

Vale Manfred Bischoff


The art community this week mourns the passing of eminent goldsmith Manfred Bischoff.
Bischoff was born and trained in Germany and spent the latter part of his life in Tuscany.  His jewellery is steeped in classical goldsmithing traditions and charged with a fascination with language. He died on Monday, aged 67.
Image: Sleeping God ring, 1998, courtesy of Helen Drutt, Philadelphia.

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Adelaide’s famous Gray St Workshop is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.  Gray St was established in 1985 as a collectively run studio and access facility for established and emerging jewellers; over the past 30 years they have worked with over 90 makers and been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost sites for contemporary jewellery practice.
A major exhibition, Theatre of Detail, will travel nationally and internationally over the coming months to mark this special occasion.

We congratulate represented artists and founding members Catherine Truman andSue Lorraine, along with current partner Jess Dare and previous partners Julie Blyfield, Anne Brennan and Leslie Matthews on this historic occasion and look forward to many more years of Gray St innovation and creativity.

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Don’t miss a new exhibition at Glen Eira Council Gallery featuring three of Melbourne’s favourite jewellers; Manon van Kouswijk (represented by Gallery Funaki), Anna Varendorff and Meredith Turnbull.  The exhibition includes jewellery, objects, drawings, furniture and sculptural components by the artists, addressing concerns with identity, adornment, connections with the body and wearer and the intersection of contemporary art and fashion, and runs until April 26.

Pictured: Manon van Kouswijk, Paperwork, 2015, paper, glue, thread.  Image courtesy of the artist.

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Manon van Kouswijk will show her ‘Avondwinkel’ installation at Craft in Flinders Lane in February.  ‘Avondwinkel’ was first shown last year at Zoe Brand’sPersonal Space Project in Canberra, and this is its first appearance in Melbourne.  Stay tuned to Craft for more details.

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Congratulations to Blanche Tilden, who is a finalist in the Tom Malone Prize at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.   The Tom Malone Prize is an acquisitive award which each year goes to an outstanding Australian glass artist.  It will be announced the AGWA in March.

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Schmuck 2015


The list of artists accepted into the prestigious Schmuck event has just been released and we’re proud that, as always, Gallery Funaki artists are well represented! Congratulations to Helen Britton, Simon Cottrell, Paul Derrez, Manon van Kouswijk and Lucy Sarneel, whose work will be featured at the Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, in March next year.

Pictured: Simon Cottrell, Doubled Circles brooch, monel, stainless steel

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Recent acquisitions


The National Gallery of Australia has recently acquired several key pieces, including David Bielander’s Koi bracelet, Manon van Kouswijk’s Reverse necklace, Catherine Truman’s Yellow Twist Cone brooch and two of Maureen Faye-Chauhan’s brooches; Two Cups (pictured) and Rock II.  We’re thrilled that these significant works will join the NGA’s important and evolving collection.

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Svenja John interviewed on AJF


Following Svenja John’s recent exhibition at Gallery Funaki, Assembly, the Art Jewelry Forum conducted an interview with Svenja about her practice.  You can find it here.

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Emma Fielden wins National Contemporary Jewellery Award


'Grid' brooches by Emma Fielden

Congratulations to Emma Fielden, who last month was named the winner of the National Contemporary Jewellery Award, with her series of four brooches titled Grid.
The award is an acquisitive prize sponsored by Griffith City Council and held at Griffith Regional Art Gallery every two years.  The gallery’s collection, acquired through the award since 1988, contains works by some of Australia’s most eminent makers and marks important moments in the Australian contemporary jewellery movement.  Emma Fielden’s work is a valuable addition.

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Radiant Pavilion in 2015


Image courtesy of Radiant Pavilion

We’re very excited to be involved with a new project initiated here in Melbourne by local movers and shakers Claire McArdle and Chloë Powell.

Radiant Pavilion is a celebration of the many aspects of contemporary jewellery and object practice. Open to local, national and international artists at any stage of their career, the event brings makers, wearers, galleries, collectors, curators, theorists and the public together in a week of investigation, collaboration and exchange.

The event will run from 1-6 September, 2015. Read more and become involved at

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Upcoming seminar at Northcity4


Northcity4 is a sustainability focused artist run initiative, bringing together jewellers with those keen to learn jewellery skills and to know more about the field.

Based in Brunswick, just north of Melbourne’s CBD, Northcity4 runs regular courses in jewellery making, workshops, lectures and seminars.

In October, they’re hosting ‘Jewellery 3 Ways’, the first of an annual series of events that invites three artists from various disciplines to discuss their work. Featuring Gallery Funaki’s Manon van Kouswijk, as well as indigenous artist Maree Clarke and tattoo artist Jane Laver, the evening will be a fascinating look across discplines at the broader nature of adornment.

Gallery Funaki will be there with books and catalogues available for sale.

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Wunderuma is a survery of New Zealand jewellery curated by Karl Fritch and Warwick Freeman which first showed in at Galerie Handwerk in Munich earlier this year.  It is currently on show at the Dowse Art Museum in Wellington NZ.  The comprehensive book accompanying the exhibition is available for purchase through Gallery Funaki, $30.

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You all know Giks Bakker’s iconic Circle in Circle bracelet – the first version of this bracelet was born in The Netherlands in 1967.  The design is based on a circle pierced at a right angle by another circle, creating a perfect space for the arm.  It represents a seminal moment in the development of contemporary jewellery – and now you can see how it’s made!  The Circle in Circle is available at Gallery Funaki, please contact us for price and availability.

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The new edition of Current Obsession magazine is out now.  In this 3rd edition, Current Obsession finds itself caught up in the issue of Fake.
“We sense Fake to be much more revealing and promising than the negation of reality and originality it implies. Fake deconstructs a given identity and makes deep marks into the superficiality of value, production and glamour. Fake is like the shadow cast by the inflated value balloon we try to uphold, incidentally revealing a remarkable form of ingenuity. It also captures a sense of humour and engagement we as a magazine feel inspired by.”
The last edition sold out, so be quick as we have limited copies available and they’re selling fast!

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Manon Van Kouswijk news


This month, we feature the busy and ever-expanding practice of Melbourne-based Dutch artist Manon van Kouswijk.

This Friday evening from 5 til 7pm, join Manon for the opening of her exhibition Out of the Office: 100 Necklaces Worn by a Foyer at The Other Side, a practice-led exhibition space situated in the entry foyer of Paul Morgan Architect’s Design Studio at Level 10, 221 Queen St, Melbourne.

Manon’s piece Pearl Grey (necklace and saucer) was also recently acquired by Musée des Arts décoratifs, Marseille.

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We’re pleased to announce several important acquisitions by public collections. Kirsten Haydon’s Ice Movement necklace & Ice Depot brooch (pictured), both 2011; Manon van Kouswijk’s Trophées necklace series, 2011; Sally Marsland’s Untitled necklace, 2013 and Blanche Tilden’s Dutert necklace, 2012, have all been acquired from the hugely successful Melbourne Now exhibition, by the National Gallery of Victoria. A notable new addition to the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s collection is Marian Hosking’s Twig Neck Ring of 2013. This piece was first shown in her exhibition Greetings from… at Gallery Funaki in October last year and now joins this increasingly significant national collection in Perth.

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Mari Funaki Award reminder


Don’t forget that entries for the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery close on June 18th. Download your entry form and send all enquiries and entries to Chloe Powell at

And for a poignant reminder of the artist behind the name… Klimt02 filmed this interview with Mari in 2008, during her exhibition at their gallery in Barcelona. Thanks to Leo and Amador for uploading this very special video.

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Gallery Funaki interior shortlisted for award


We’re thrilled to share the news that Karen Abernethy Architects have been shortlisted in the retail category of the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards, for their recent design and refit of Gallery Funaki.

Our warmest congratulations and thanks go to Karen and her team.

The awards are announced on 16 May.

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Emma Fielden commissioned for Visual Arts Awards


Congratulations to Gallery Funaki artist Emma Fielden, who was recently commissioned to make commemorative brooches for the Australia Council’s 2013 Visual Arts Awards. Emma is a Sydney based jeweller who joined our stable last year. She uses hand engraving techniques backed by an extensive drawing practice to create complex and delicate pieces in silver and gold.

Our congratulations go also to the award recipients Fiona Foley and Julie Ewington.

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Melbourne Now – the final list


Gallery Funaki jewellers feature strongly in the line-up of the National Gallery of Victoria’s major upcoming exhibition Melbourne Now.

Congratulations to our artists Blanche Tilden, Sally Marsland, Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Marian Hosking, Carlier Makigawa, Kirsten Haydon and Manon van Kouswijk, as well as our guest artists and friends, Emma Price and Lousje Skala, whose work will be on display.

Don’t miss this remarkable survey of Melbourne’s art, design, architecture, performance and cultural practice, which runs from 22 Nov to 23 March.

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Art Jewelry Forum, an American based organisation examining international contemporary jewellery in all its forms and facets, recently interviewed Munich artist and Gallery Funaki favourite Henriette Schuster.

We recently exhibited Henriette’s solo show ‘Almost Invisible’, and this is a terrific chance to gain more insight into the philosophy and practice of this retiring and sometimes elusive artist. You can find the interview here.

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David Bielander at Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem


David Bielander, winner of the 2012 Francoise van den Bosche Award, will show a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands, from September 22 until January 5, 2014.

David’s pieces can also be seen in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (including the extraordinary Würgeschlange (blue python), pictured left) and here in the drawers at Gallery Funaki.

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Awkward Beauty at Abbotsford Convent


Awkward Beauty

June 19 – July 7 at c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent. Opening June 19, 2013, 6-8pm

Awkward Beauty is an ongoing collaborative project by jeweller Helen Britton, garment designer Justine McKnight and photographer Michelle Taylor, which began in Perth as a response to the evocative spaces of the disused railway workshops that are now part of the Midland Atelier. It comes to Melbourne courtesy of FORM.

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SEAMS, SEEMS: exhibition & symposium


17 July – 20 August 2013 at MADA Gallery, Monash University

SEAMS, SEEMS is an exhibition of diverse jewellery and objects that brings together alumni from Monash University Art Design and Architecture and Rhode Island School of Design (USA).

A symposium for this project will be held on Friday, July 19th, with a range of speakers including Dr Robert Bell of the NGA, Prof Robyn Quigley and Assoc Prof Tracy Steepy, both of Rhode Island School of Design, and Katie Scott of Gallery Funaki (yours truly).

Contact Marian Hosking at for bookings and more information.

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