Profile ’22 at the Australian design centre and Hazelhurst arts centre

Incan Descent by Pierre Cavalan

Every two years the Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award ‘Profile’ is presented by the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia – NSW, this year in partnership with the Australian Design Centre and Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

SquarePeg Studios current Resident Artists Fiona Meller, Linda Blair and Pierre Cavalan all had works included in the exhibition, as did many talented makers from our broader community. In particular, congratulations to recent SquarePeg Graduate Residents Alejandra Florez and Daniela Walder for the inclusion of their gorgeous works created during their recent Graduate Residencies with us at SquarePeg.

Read on to find out all about the exhibition courtesy of the Australian Design Centre.

9 August – 28 September 2022 
In partnership with the Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia – NSW Inc., Australian Design Centre presents Profile: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award.

A diverse group of 73 national and international contemporary jewellers and object designers have been shortlisted for exhibition. Their work considers concepts from the personal to topical, crafted across a wide material range from precious gold to plastic waste.

Established Designers

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen | Ruth Allen | Danielle Barrie | Dianne Beevers | Annaig Bidan | Linda Blair | Ximena Briceno | Pierre Cavalan | Zara Collins | Janine Combes | Diane Connal | Pam de Groot | Jan Donaldson | Kim Ebbeck | Jennifer Fahey | Sam Farmer | Gretal Ferguson | Emma Field | Anthony Green | Kirsten Haydon | Clare Hooper | Jin Ah Jo | Regina Krawets | Mio Kuhnen | Johannes Kuhnen | Catherine Large | Phill Mason | Gabrielle McGrath | Fiona Meller | Shan Shan Mok | Lucy Morton | Yukiko Nonaka | Larah Nott | Sean O’Connell | Radka Passianova | Erin Pearce | Nellie Peoples | Felicity Peters |Virginia Sprague | Marika Strohschnieder | Naoko Takase | Bic Tieu | Sarra Tzijan | Romana Toson | Megan Turton | Emily Valentine | Zoe Veness | Ann Welton | Alice Whish | Helen Wyatt | Melinda Young | Marissa Ziesing  

Early Career Designers
Rick Benjamin | Breisy Alejandra Castaneda Florez | Elizabeth Curry | Polly Dymond | Kate Hagan | Jenny Johnstone | Kirsten Junor | Nicola Knackstredt | Megan Morrall | Hannaneh Qiumarsi | Amy Skinner | Carly Slape | Alexianna Stephenson | Jacki Stone | Inga Svendsen | Daniela Walder | James Walker | Shirui Xiao | Jiahui Zhang | Dong Zheng | Elisa Zorraquin

Award Winners:
JMGA-NSW Established Contemporary Jewellery Award –
Jin Ah Jo, Pipe Way series, 2021

JMGA-NSW Early Career Contemporary Jewellery Award – $1,500
Inga Svendsen, Prickly Heart Breastplate, 2021

The Helge Larsen Award – $2,000
Gretal Ferguson, Nailed Down, 2021

Hazelhurst Arts Centre Award – $1,500
Yukiko Nonaka, Hikari Key Case, 2020

Australian Design Centre Award – Object Space exhibition in 2023
Kirsten Haydon, Ice Shadows, 2021

Highly Commended
Melinda Young, Stories untold – Neckpiece Diptych, 2021
Bic Tieu, In between #1, 2022

The awards were judged by Darani Lewers AM, Dr Oliver Smith, Lisa Cahill (Australian Design Centre), Carrie Kibbler and Naomi Stewart (Hazelhurst Art Centre) with Merilyn Bailey for JMGA-NSW in attendance.

Profile was first presented at Australian Design Centre in 2019. Visit the Profile 2019 exhibition page here.


Contemporary Jewellery Conversations
This conversation hosted by contemporary jeweller and academic, Dr Zoe Veness, contemplates key themes that emerge across the Profile exhibition with a panel of Profile artists including Kate Hagan, Erin Pearce and Melinda Young. Following the panel, meet the makers as we walk through the exhibition for a floor talk discussing their works. Joining the panellists for the floor talk will be – Jenny Johnstone, Fiona Meller and Shan Shan Mok.
When: Saturday 13 August, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required, RSVP here

Profile: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award – Exhibition Tour
Join a guided tour of Profile: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award, Thursdays at 2pm through August and September. This 30-minute tour will take you through the key themes, makers and their works, with the opportunity to meet a maker working at the Profile Jewellers Bench.
When: Thursdays at 2pm – 18 & 25 August 1, 8 & 15 September
Free event, bookings required, RSVP here

Profile Jewellers Bench
Meet local jewellers and object makers working at the jewellers’ bench on Thursdays through the exhibition – an opportunity for visitors to chat with them about their processes and craft.
When: Thursdays – 18 & 25 August 1, 8 & 15 September, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre

Saturday Craft Club
Our occasional Saturday Craft Club is a new initiative created, especially for kids from 8 to 12 years old. At this workshop you will learn how to create a wearable piece of jewellery using craft materials, recycled, and found objects taking inspiration from the exhibition Profile: Contemporary Jewellery and Object Award.
When: Saturday 10 September, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required, RSVP here

Exhibition dates:
Australian Design Centre. 9 August 2022 – 28 September 2022 
Hazelhurst Arts Centre, NSW. 26 November 2022 – 29 January 2023

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