Kevin Murray is an independent writer and curator living in Melbourne. His most recent curated exhibition is Voveo: Promise Objects for Everyday Use. This essay was originally presented at Florence Jewelry Week in conjunction with an exhibition of Iranian contemporary jewelry, Jwahr: New Iranian and Persian Jewelry.
AJF Hangouts takes the pulse of the rapidly expanding world of global art jewelry. We hear from voices in emerging jewelry scenes, featuring those with the responsibility of representing their country as AJF Ambassadors. Despite the varying quality of video feeds, it's quite amazing that we can now use this platform to connect people together from all corners of the globe. What connects them is a shared passion for contemporary jewelry, even in those cases where there are no galleries or collectors. Their commitment may help those of us in more established scenes appreciate the way our art field emerged thanks to a similar vision a generation ago.
On the final day of Melbourne's Radiant Pavilion, hear voices from the thriving contemporary jewelry scene down South. From Australia, Zoe Brand talks about the rise of education through workshops and Mel Young reflects on the move to take jewelry practice into the outback through initiatives like the Indigenous Jewellery Project. From New Zealand, Kristin D'Agostino comments on the recent decision to close jewelry at Manukau Polytechnic and Keri-Mei Zagrobelna talks about the thriving scene in Wellington and among Māori artists. The conversation then reflects in the vibrancy of Radiant Pavilion, but also the ongoing challenge of taking art beyond the contemporary jewelry circle.