Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference 2021 (Cancelled)

The Australian National University’s College of Arts and Social Sciences recently notified staff that the disestablishment of the Jewellery and Object (J&O) workshop will go ahead as part of the restructure of the School of Art & Design in 2021. Therefore, because we will not be able to commit the staffing resources necessary to host the JMGA 2021 Conference or any of the planned associated programming to operate the conference on 2, 3, 4th of July, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the JMGA 2021 conference. 
We acknowledge the disappointment that will result and apologise for any inconvenience and for the impact on all stakeholders, particularly those who took time to prepare conference submissions or who were working towards exhibitions. Also, we would like to take the opportunity to thank those who took time to write directly to the Vice Chancellor and others contesting the initial proposal, in support of our workshop. Thank you for all your generous support, collegiality and friendship over the years.   

Rohan Nicol
Head of Jewellery & Object
Hosted by the ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra

2, 3, 4 July 2021
Conference cancelled


VALUE CHAINS: The value and impact of craft.

The crafts provide unique and powerful platforms to know and make the world we inhabit. At Value Chains we will discuss ideals that shape and motivate craft practice and reflect on the contribution it makes in various settings. Value Chains promises to inspire both insight and practice.

The term Value chains is borrowed from the world of commerce and yet here refers to the connected nature of jewellery and metalsmithing across time, place and community - providing fertile terrain for practice and research. Value chains suggest linkages between makers, wearers, users and viewers of crafted objects and to the networks of cooperation, collaboration that shape our field. The theme embraces the devalued, revalued or undervalued and much more. Our aim is to open up dialogue on why we do what we do and to consider afresh why it matters?

Closes 7 February 2020

The conference committee invite expressions of interest to chair sessions of the conference that address one or more of the following themes:
  • Cultural value
  • Economic value
  • Aesthetic value/s
  • Political/social value
  • Devaluation, revalue, undervalued, new values
  • Speculative value

All formats are invited including but not limited to opinion, critique, discussion, report, performance and video. The duration of sessions is also flexible from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. You may draft a provocation and call for abstracts in response to your provocation. Those could be presented as a series of short format talks within the conference and you may consider assembling the resources to publish those after proceedings. Alternatively, you might facilitate a panel discussion or deliver a short lecture or artist talk.

The following list provides general suggestions and we encourage alternate ideas:
  • Papers
  • PechaKucha style talks
  • Moderated panel discussions
  • Lecture – historical – theory – criticism – opinion
  • Artist talks
  • Debates
  • Q&A style panel with audience questions
  • Fireside chats
  • Fieldtrips
  • Readings

Please submit your EOI using the following template to the conference contact by 6 December 2019. We have extended the deadline to Friday 7 February 2020.
Graduate Metal XVI

National Contemporary Jewellery Award, 2021
In partnership with Griffith Regional Gallery

More details coming soon