Visual Arts: Culture Juice – Beyond Bling!

26 September 2018

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13 Oct 2018 – 14 Jan 2019 @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

Are you ready for bling!

Building on the success of The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: Beyond Bling! celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth’s King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.

Bling Day
10am-5pm, Saturday 13 October 2018 | FREE
It all begins on Bling Day, with a jewel box of music, talks, guided tours, workshops, a jewellery history clinic, dance and much more. Get the chance to showcase your own favourite pieces in Bring your Bling, with AGWA’s “Jewel Thief in Residence”, Shane Pavlinovich, as Master of Ceremonies.


Spreading the sparkle
We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design whose talented final year jewellery design students will create their graduation pieces in the Imagination Room and whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show.
7.30-9pm, Sunday 2 December
VIP Seating: $70 | General Standing: $45
Jewels will flash at this highly anticipated fashion show. Curtin University fashion students are this year presenting their graduate showcase, Paradigm at AGWA.

We also link with Fashion Council WA for essential red carpet style tips; Pride WA for a bling-tastic parade; the AGWA Foundation to acquire important new pieces for the collection; City of Perth for some ‘civic bling’ treasures; collector enthusiasts, and academics from the jewellery world.

Special Event
100 Keyboards
Lead Artist Asuna
$30+bf | 90 minute performance
6.45pm, Tuesday 23 October
includes access to the Beyond Bling! and Biomess exhibitions after hours in an atmospheric setting
Sold out in Sydney and Melbourne – one performance only in Perth!
Created by pioneering Japanese sound artist Asuna, 100 Keyboards is a captivating site-specific listening experience, a strange but beautiful accompaniment to the Beyond Bling! exhibition. For a truly one-of-a-kind performance and site-specific listening experience in the AGWA concourse.

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Pictured: Dinosaur Designs Collar bone 2014 Resin and rope 85 x 152 x 14 cm State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014 © Dinosaur Designs 2014

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