Contemporary Wearables is the name of a biennial art jewellery exhibition held in Toowoomba, Australia, every other year. Hosted by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, it is juried through an open-call application process and awards a winner, runner-up and student award. The gallery has also been very actively building their collection of contemporary jewellery by acquiring outstanding entries in the biennial. This years jurors were Sabine Pagan and Kevin Murray and the judge was Phill Mason. The exhibition was held from September 16 to November 5. It's a landmark event for the Australian field of contemporary jewellery, gives the winning artists a sizeable cash award and attracts some of the countries finest makers. Toowoomba is only 2 hours drive east from where I grew up in Brisbane and I have had the pleasure of visiting previous iterations of the biennial so I was sad not to attend this year. However, I was fortunate to have work selected for the exhibition this year and am looking forward to seeing the catalogue with photos of all the other entries that were accepted.
Congratulations to the 13 artists whose work was acquired (so many! it's fantastic) and to Luke Abbot for his winning work. The works of mine that were exhibited are a series of brooches titled Mirror Memory. I made them early this year using sterling silver, acrylic mirror, vitreous enamel on copper and stainless steel pins.