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Practice as a Site For Enquiry. Call for Papers

What are the social, political, conceptual, theoretical, historical paradigms that

determine and or influence the way contemporary jewellery is practiced today?

This one-day seminar is designed as an opportunity to examine how the parameters of contemporary jewellery practice are being tested, developed, challenged and/or contested by those makers researching or practicing in the field. Organisers are interested in reflecting the breadth of models for framing practice and opening the dialogue around recent concerns such as; sustainability, relational aesthetics and performative practices, temporal or site-specific works.

Jewellery Practice as a Site for Enquiry will be held at Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University on Friday 6 August 2010, 9am to 4pm and afterwards at the RMIT School of Art Gallery.

Speakers at the seminar include:

* Dr. Susan Cohn, curator of Unexpected Pleasures, Design Museum of London, 2010,

* Ethical Metalsmiths - Christina Tatiana Miller and Susan Ganch, U.S.A,

* Roseanne Bartley, practicing Artist Jeweller and Writer, Melbourne

* Renee Ugazio PhD Candidate RMIT

Proposals being sought include:

20-minute presentations by individuals/groups that explore in depth how an aspect of practice is mediated as a site for enquiry. Presentations may be associated with post-graduate research or as a result of an ongoing commitment to a form of professional practice.


5-minute practice led summaries briefly outlining a concept of practice supported by an (10) image presentation demonstrating outcomes/objects.

Please submit a maximum one-paragraph artist biography, up to 5 images of work and a 200-word summary of your presentation. Please indicate which presentation you are
interested in.

Deadline for Outlines: 7th June 2010

Notification of participation: 14th June 2010

Seminar Contact: Mark Edgoose

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