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Open Call for Exhibition Is Your Contemporary Jewellery Body Positive?

Open call  /  13 May 2021  -  20 Jun 2021
Published: 13.05.2021
Open Call for Exhibition Is Your Contemporary Jewellery Body Positive?.
TempContemp
Management:
Laila Marie Costa, Anna Gray
DEADLINE: 20/06/2021
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Intro
The TempContemp mothership is hovering above Melbourne – watching the COVID situation and set to land virtually or physically: likely both, in September 2021 as part of the Radiant Pavilion Biennial festivities! Exhibition dates: 7 -14 September 2021.
Is your contemporary jewellery body positive?
If Contemporary Jewellery is a body-site specific art form - then surely we must have an opinion on body positivity?  
Is Contemporary Jewellery sufficiently inclusive? Is Contemporary Jewellery unashamedly, or unconsciously choosy about the body that wears it? 
And how bound by corporeal and virtual ’systems’ (economic, consumer, political, social, emotional, and OTHER…) actually is our ‘rebellious', ‘individualist’, ‘independent’ and often a bit ’shouty' artform. Who are the bodies that benefit from those systems? 
If we make objects to decorate the body – are we suggesting the body is not enough in itself?  
 
TempContemp wants to know how the body relates to your work and ideas: Do you consider it? How important is it? What are the choices, compromises, discoveries and inventions you make to include (or reject) bodies in your practice? 
 
Whose body do we want? Whose body do we get? Do you make jewellery for someone who looks like you? Or do you make jewellery for some fantasy body that you hope to attract? - Or are you more cynical than that and you make jewellery for anybody that comes with a fat, powerful wallet. 
 
If contemporary jewellery is about the body, why do we (TC included) instinctively model it on a blank wall or a square, usually white, plinth?  
If contemporary jewellery is about the body AND about being non-precious - why lock it away from the bodies behind glass and a paywall?  
Can Contemporary Jewellery be virtual? Can it be Body Negative? Can it be independent of the body - maker or wearer? Or both? 
 
We’re asking you: jewellers, artists, makers, thinkers, dabblers, and also collectors and wearers to explore these and more ideas with us through whatever way you relate your thoughts: Jewellery, object, performance, installation, curation, and words. Let's create an eclectic and multivocal essay, make unity from dissonance, or discover tacit agreement, and (taking into account COVID practicalities and surprises) present your work and thoughts as part of the 2021 Radiant Pavilion festival in Melbourne – possibly a live exhibition, possibly virtual presentation – quite likely both! 

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Key dates:
Application deadline: Sunday 20 June 2021
Notification of outcome: Sunday 4 July 2021
Delivery of artwork: Sunday 8 August 2021
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 7 September – Tuesday 14 September 2021 (part of Radiant Pavilion)
Opening: TBA
 
Costs:
Entry Fee: Free to apply - additional fees on selection.
 
How to Apply:
Download, complete and return the Application Form (instructions included).
 
 
 Installation view of Schmuck Schmock, Temp Contemp, March 2019. Photo by Bryony Jackson.​.
 Installation view of Schmuck Schmock, Temp Contemp, March 2019. Photo by Bryony Jackson.​

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Installation view of Do You Copy? exhibition, November 2018. Photo by Bryony Jackson..
Installation view of Do You Copy? exhibition, November 2018. Photo by Bryony Jackson.

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Installation view of I Hate Contemporary Jewellery? November 2018. Photo by Bryony Jackson..
Installation view of I Hate Contemporary Jewellery? November 2018. Photo by Bryony Jackson.

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Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Lisa Furno, Photos by Paula Mahoney. .
Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Lisa Furno, Photos by Paula Mahoney.

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Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Lisa Furno, Photos by Paula Mahoney. .
Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Lisa Furno, Photos by Paula Mahoney.

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Installation View of Show Us Your ‘Rona at Bridget Kennedy Project Space, 2020. .
Installation View of Show Us Your ‘Rona at Bridget Kennedy Project Space, 2020.

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Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Claire Vaganiance, Photos by Paula Mahoney. .
Event view of Radical Pavlova, September 2019. Artist Claire Vaganiance, Photos by Paula Mahoney.

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