Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference 2021 (Cancelled)
We have secured initial key speakers and more will be confirmed in the coming months. We have sought to assemble speakers who will provide a variety of perspectives on the theme Value Chains: The Value and impact of Craft.

Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object maker working across the disciplines of art and science. She is a co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop, an
internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and depth and incorporates jewellery, objects, digital imagery, film and installation works with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.

Between 2009 and 2013 she was artist in residence in the Autonomic Neurotransmission Laboratory, the Anatomy and Histology departments and the Ian Gibbins Microscopy Suite a Flinders University, Adelaide.

Truman was awarded an Arts South Australia Fellowship in 2016 and her work was featured in a significant survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She was the subject of the 2016 South Australian Living Artist (SALA) monograph, Catherine Truman: touching distance, written by Melinda Rackham, published by Wakefield Press. In 2017, as part of their Icon program, the Jamfactory, Adelaide presented a solo exhibition of Truman’s work. Titled no surface holds, the exhibition highlights her art/science practice and is at present touring nationally.

Currently Truman is a visiting scholar at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University, and artist in residence at the state Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of South Australia undertaking a project titled The Visible Light Project: experiments in light and vision. This project aims to investigate the creative parallels between the ways in which
the human eye and plants process light.

Love Jönsson
Love Jönsson was recently appointed director of RIAN Design Museum in Falkenberg, having previously served as a curator at the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg 2011-2016 and as a guest lecturer at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg 2005–2011.

Love Jönsson (SE) is a freelance critic and curator that has taken part in the critical discourse on crafts since the late 1990s and has contributed to some 70 books and catalogues, including Craft in Dialogue: Six Views on a Practice in Change (Stockholm: Iaspis 2005), NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts (Halifax: NSCAD Press 2007), and Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft (Chapel Hill: UNC Press 2013 - 2017).