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The fantastic Western Plains Cultural Centre at Dubbo has long been a popular gallery for Object’s touring exhibitions, and the latest that I am up here installing this week is Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition; the eighth in our Living Treasures series.

It is exciting to see how quickly crates, pallets of boxes and piles of legs can turn into a beautiful display.

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Shell Collecting On The Rocky Shores Of Northern Tasmania With Lola Greeno

I’m currently on my way back to Launceston with Lola Greeno, after a research and shell-collecting excursion to the coastal north of Tasmania near Weymouth.

Lola wanted me to experience what is involved in collecting some of the smaller shells that wash up along the rocky outcrops. We searched and collected a variety of small to minute shells such as oat, black crows, gull and kelp shells.

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Robert Baines Installation at JamFactory, Adelaide

It is day two of the Robert Baines: Metal exhibition install at JamFactory, Adelaide. This is the last venue for this Living Treasure exhibition tour, which has been across the country for two and a half years. Audiences at venues have been amazed at the artistry, intricacy and sheer beauty of Robert’s work, as well as his quirky view on the ‘historical’ development of modern objects such as CDs.

Object initiated Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft in 2005 and it celebrates the achievements of Australia’s influential crafts. Robert Baines is no exception truly being at the top of his practice.

Always a great install team here at the Jam. The exhibition will look fantastic. If you are in Adelaide why not call in too see this exhibition, as it will be your last chance before it travels overseas.

Robert Baines: Metal is on at JamFactory, Adelaide from 22 June- 28 July, 2013.

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101 Contemporary Australian Artists

Recently while perusing the shelves of the AGNSW bookshop I came across a new NGV publication titled 101 Contemporary Australian Artists. It’s a compendium of Australian artists working in all disciplines who are making a contribution to our contemporary art scene.

No sooner had I opened the book than several of Object’s friends popped out! The well-known Janet Laurence is featured, as is MATERIALBYPRODUCT one of the designers in CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, our next big creative program.

There’s also an entry on Robert Baines, of Object’s Living Treasures fame. Baines is a master of re-interpreting stylistic and manufacturing traditions of jewelry and decorative arts and reflecting those in his wildly exciting jewelry.

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Jeff Mincham at Mornington Peninsula

Last Saturday afternoon Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at its final venue at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. A great crowd rolled up to listen to Dr Kevin Murray and Jeff talk about the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft program – (Kevin was on the second selection panel when Jeff was chosen as our 2009 Living Treasure so there was a relevance to his opening of this final exhibition).

It has been an interesting exercise to see the diverse manifestations of this show in venues both large and small around the country. With the exhibition finishing its long national tour, I felt a certain melancholia walking around the exhibition space looking at the works for the last time. The popularity of the Living Treasures exhibition with audiences has mainly been due to the pictorial relationship between the artist, his works and his landscape experiences throughout South Australia.

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Nick Mount: Glass Opening & Talk

Cynthia Colli is Object’s new Project Manager for Exhibitions and Programs, and ‘cut her PM teeth’ with the seventh showing of Living Treasures: Masters Of Australian Craft series, honouring glass artist Nick Mount.

Hi there! I’m very happy to be writing my first blog post for Object Eye, and keen to turn all the fresh impressions I received from a great Opening Weekend into pixels so you can share in my joy. I am still on a endorphin high after the Opening Night event on Friday 7th Sept, and our Artists talk the following day; after all, there aren’t many workplaces where you get to spend the second month ‘anniversary’ of your job with a brilliant celebration, honouring one of Australia’s most iconic glass artists.

Like all the other fabulous firsts I’ve experienced over the past two months, this exhibition, Nick Mount: Glass (The Fabric Of Work), has been magnificent. For those of you who, like me, are ‘green’ to glassblowing, this exhibition is a real eye opener, showing you the sensual and paradoxical material that is glass.

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Object magazine 62 — Lola Greeno

In late 2011, Object announced the next two recipients of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft honour, which has shifted to being a biennial event, with alternating years seeing an exhibition centred around a particular craft medium.

With Nick Mount taking the 2012 honour, 2014 will see Lola Greeno, an Aboriginal shell worker based in Launceston, open her Living Treasures exhibiton. With a career spanning over thirty years, Greeno is one of the most well-respected shell workers practicing in Australia.

Taking her cues from nature and history, and using the landscape as her studio as much as any dedicated space, Greeno herself was only inspired later in life, when she recognised how important the practice was to her culture and her heritage. Upon this realisation, she set about learning as much as she could from her mother, ensuring not only shell-work but family history remained intact.

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