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Helen Aitken-Kuhnen

Jeweller
Published: 05.05.2022

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My work is firmly grounded in and abstracted from my surroundings, passion, and inherent love of the Australian landscape and its birdlife.
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen Helen Aitken-Kuhnen

Bio

I am the founding director of Bilk Gallery for Metal and Glass a contemporary gallery that has been running for 19 years, first in Queanbeyan, then Manuka, and now in Carwoola. My career spans 43 years, with work held in every major institution in Australia as well as international collections. I have received numerous awards and have been included in significant exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Statement

My work is firmly grounded in and abstracted from my surroundings, passion, and inherent love of the Australian landscape and its birdlife. More recently my pieces reflect the transitions and changes happening to the oceans as a result of environmental change. I have always been drawn to expressing my surroundings and emotions in some way, as soon as I found metal and the ability to combine colour within it I set myself/began on a lifelong path. Sometimes I have diverted to other mediums and I spent some time mastering glass casting, which I still use for some projects. But enamelling has drawn me back every time, there is so much still to experiment within this field and I have mastered a direction that is continually changing and evolving, The technical discoveries, frustrations, and outcomes continually engage and challenge me. My initial training was in Australia, I later shifted this to Germany and England where I spent the majority of my time mastering engraving and enamelling.  For the last ten years, I have been travelling to Nagoya and Osaka, Japan to attend master classes with Japanese enamelers.
 

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2021:
Exhibition  13 Nov 2021 - 18 Dec 2021  Solstice. The beginning of Summer.
Exhibition  03 Jul 2021 - 07 Aug 2021  The Perfect Brooch.
Exhibition  25 Jun 2021 - 15 Aug 2021  A Shared Enchantment.
2020:
Exhibition  21 Nov 2020 - 20 Dec 2020  Full Circle.
Exhibition  31 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020  Linked by Carlier Makigawa in Manuka.
2019:
Exhibition  23 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019  The Big Dry.
Exhibition  07 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019  On the Nose: New Spectacles by Johannes Kuhnen.
Exhibition  23 Oct 2019 - 24 Nov 2019  Ring Masters by Cinnamon Lee, Sean O'Connell and Johannes Kuhnen.
Workshop  14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019  Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper with Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  11 Sep 2019 - 13 Oct 2019  Marfa, TX by Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  31 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019  Gardens by Marian Hosking.
Workshop  20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019  Experienced Enamelling Workshop with Helen Aitken-Kuhnen.
Exhibition  11 Jun 2019 - 03 Jul 2019  Trio by Linda Hughes, Dan DiCaprio and Vicki Mason.
Exhibition  03 May 2019 - 07 Jun 2019  What is it with earrings?!.
Exhibition  10 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019  New works by Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  26 Feb 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Transfer by Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen in Sydney.
Exhibition  22 Feb 2019 - 22 Mar 2019  Glass Miniatures 2019.
2018:
Exhibition  01 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018  White Christmas 2018 in Manuka.
Exhibition  24 Oct 2018 - 23 Nov 2018  Transfer by Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen.
Exhibition  01 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018  Family Souvenirs and Other Dark Things by Ian Mowbray.
Exhibition  30 May 2018 - 06 Jul 2018  In Light Of by Kath Inglis.
Exhibition  13 Apr 2018 - 12 May 2018  Fold Yield by Peta Kruger and Larah Nott.
2017:
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 24 Dec 2017  White Christmas in Manuka.
Exhibition  27 Oct 2017 - 24 Dec 2017  Ring Master.
Exhibition  15 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017  Connections and The Captains Daughter by Bin Dixon-Ward.
Exhibition  26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017  Anything imagined can be worn. How to wear it!.
Exhibition  09 Aug 2017 - 02 Sep 2017  Place, Knowing and Being by Christopher Robertson.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2017 - 08 Jul 2017  Bro.och. A collection of brooches for all, including men.
Exhibition  24 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017  Panorama by Julie Blyfield at Bilk Gallery.
Exhibition  27 Jan 2017 - 25 Feb 2017  Glass Miniatures.
2016:
Exhibition  19 Nov 2016 - 24 Dec 2016  Christmas Special at Bilk.
Exhibition  14 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016  Alternative Views by Jo Hawley & Larah Nott.
Exhibition  09 Sep 2016 - 08 Oct 2016  Vessel.
Exhibition  05 Aug 2016 - 02 Sep 2016  Interchange: Bilk back from Bangkok.
Exhibition  24 Jun 2016 - 29 Jul 2016  Peoples + Brand.
Exhibition  06 May 2016 - 03 Jun 2016  What is it with earrings?.
Exhibition  16 Mar 2016 - 16 Apr 2016  Body Politic by Melissa Cameron.
2015:
Exhibition  07 Nov 2015 - 24 Dec 2015  Oh me, Oh my!.
Exhibition  18 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015  Slippage by Sean O'Connell and Nicholas Bastin.
Exhibition  24 Jul 2015 - 23 Aug 2015  For Love.
Exhibition  08 May 2015 - 06 Jun 2015  Painting in Stone by Johannes Kuhnen.
Exhibition  13 Feb 2015 - 14 Mar 2015  Unfold and Construct by Phoebe Porter.
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