Projects & partnerships

Our projects and partnerships include a longstanding gallery partnership, the regular presentation of fundraising exhibitions for Indigenous health and wellbeing in partnership with educational and other organisations and initiating a nation-wide Indigenous contemporary jewellery project. Since 2009 we have presented two exhibitions annually with Salt Contemporary Art based in Queenscliff, Vic. and have also worked with other leading galleries to include the work of artists they represent in special exhibitions. These galleries have included Australian Galleries, Gallery Smith,  Jacob Hoerner Galleries, Salt Contemporary and Sullivan & Strumpf. 


FUNDRAISING FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELLBEING 

Since 2012, as part of our annual exhibition program, we have created and presented  exhibitions and other events in conjunction with partner organisations to raise funds for educational entities and Indigenous health, education, environment  and community wellbeing programs. A percentage of sales from our commission is donated to the cause for which we are raising funds. We do not ask the artists or art centres with whom we work to donate works or reduce their normal returns on sales for works sold in these exhibitions. A number of these exhibitions have been launched by our unique Art Parades in which a wide variety of Aboriginal artworks are presented and accompanied by informative commentary. Our exhibition partners for fundraising activities have included DMCPR Media, Red Hill Consolidated School, Methodist Ladies' College, Woodleigh School, Student Committee for Indigenous Affairs, Xavier College and Peninsula Hot Springs

 
Organisations we have raised funds for include the Indigenous Literacy FoundationPurple House, Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service, Woodleigh School Indigenous ProgramRed Hill Consolidated School, Aboriginal-owned not-for-profit art centres Tjungu Palya and Baluk Arts as well as for flood, bushfire and Covid-affected Aboriginal communities. We also regularly participate in and assist in promoting art fundraisers for environmental issues in our home region of the Mornington Peninsula, Vic. 

    • The Principal's Lounge : Art Red Hill school fundraiser
      The Principal's Lounge : Art Red Hill school fundraiser
    • Art Parade Salt Contemporary
      Art Parade Salt Contemporary
    • Synergy: Xavier College Fundraiser for Indigenous health and education entities presented annually since 2016
      Synergy: Xavier College Fundraiser for Indigenous health and education entities presented annually since 2016
    • Little Bit Long Way Woodleigh School with guest artists from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka
      Little Bit Long Way Woodleigh School with guest artists from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka
    • A SALON SHOW + art parade FOR the iNDIGENOUS LITERACY foundation
      A SALON SHOW + art parade FOR the iNDIGENOUS LITERACY foundation
    • ART PARADE FOR INDIGENOUS LITERACY FOUNDATION WITH DEBBIE McINNES PR AND GLEEBOOKS 2014-16
      ART PARADE FOR INDIGENOUS LITERACY FOUNDATION WITH DEBBIE McINNES PR AND GLEEBOOKS 2014-16
    • Fundraiser MLC to raise funds for school art collection, 2017
      Fundraiser MLC to raise funds for school art collection, 2017
    • The Kanpi Car Show with Salt Contemporary 2012
      The Kanpi Car Show with Salt Contemporary 2012
  • THE INDIGENOUS JEWELLERY PROJECT


     

  • The Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) is the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project, working with Indigenous jewellers at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned art centres across Australia, comprising research, workshops, photography, films, and exhibitions.

    IJP was created by curator Emily McCulloch Childs who has partnered with artists and contemporary jewellers Kate Rohde (Pieces of Eight) and Melinda Young (Pieces of Eight, UNSW). IJP has initiated projects comprising of workshops and exhibitions with Aboriginal owned art centres Erub Erwer Meta (Torres Strait Islands), Ernabella Arts (APY Lands), Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff, NT), Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala, NT), Gab Titui (Torres Strait Islands), Kemarre Arts (ACT) and Aboriginal community groups including Dhariwaa Elders Group (Walgett, NSW) and Jaanymili Bawrrungga Inc. (Bowraville, NSW). 

     

    Projects have been exhibited nationally including at the JamFactory (TARNANTHI), NGV Design Store, National Contemporary Jewellery Award (Griffith Regional Gallery & Sturt Centre for Design), Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Australian Design Centre, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, artisan, Stanley Street Galleries, City of Perth, Artitja Fine Art, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory), Radiant Pavilion Melbourne Jewellery & Object Biennial, Parcours Bijoux (Paris), Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition (Toowoomba Regional Gallery), Peninsula Hot Springs, Flinders University City Gallery store, and Everywhen Artspace.

     

     IJP has partnered with Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre & ANU School of Art & Design Object & Metal Studio to deliver several professional contemporary jewellery workshops and create the first artist-in-residence for an Indigenous contemporary jeweller at an Australian university. 

    Works from IJP projects have been collected by major public galleries including the Maritime Museum, Toowoomba Regional Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, and the project has been documented in Garland, the magazine of the World Crafts Council and featured on ABC TV, Canberra, and in Crucible, for Current Obsession magazine for Munich Jewellery Week. 

     

    To date IJP has worked with around 150 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander jewellers from all across Australia. 

    IJP has been supported by the Australia Council, Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program, Santos, Creative Partnerships Australia, Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, Australian Design Centre and Create NSW. 

    • The Bulay(i) Project, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project workshop, exhibited at the Australian Design Centre

      The Bulay(i) Project

      Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project workshop, exhibited at the Australian Design Centre
    • Emily Beckley, Frangal ('Of my grandfather') necklace, 2018, Copper, silver, silk. The Indigenous Jewellery Project with Craft ACT, ANU workshop...

      Emily Beckley

      Frangal ('Of my grandfather') necklace, 2018, Copper, silver, silk. The Indigenous Jewellery Project with Craft ACT, ANU workshop 2018. Image David Campbell
    • Djuwakan #2 Marika, Dhirimbi/ The Ring, 2017, Gold plated phosphorous bronze, 30 x 36 x 21 mm. Bulay(i): Buku-Larrnggay Mulka...

      Djuwakan #2 Marika

      Dhirimbi/ The Ring, 2017, Gold plated phosphorous bronze, 30 x 36 x 21 mm. Bulay(i): Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project. Exhibited Telstra NATSIAA (Museum & Art Gallery of the NT), Collection Maritime Museum. Image Melinda Young
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr , wearing her first 'Djapu' clan bark necklace, Bulay(i) Project: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Indigenous Jewellery Project, Australian Design Centre

      Marrnyula Mununggurr

      wearing her first 'Djapu' clan bark necklace, Bulay(i) Project: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Indigenous Jewellery Project, Australian Design Centre
    • Bulay(i) Project with Ngali at Melbourne Fashion Week 2020, Bulay(i) Project: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka with The Indigenous Jewellery Project, still from...

      Bulay(i) Project with Ngali at Melbourne Fashion Week 2020

      Bulay(i) Project: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka with The Indigenous Jewellery Project, still from film by Ngali for Melbourne Fashion Week
    • Emily Beckley, Emily Beckley, Destructive Beauty, 2020, Marine Ply, Plastic, Silver. Exhibited Connexions exhibition, Galerie Assembplages, Parcours Bijoux 2020, Paris....

      Emily Beckley

      Emily Beckley, Destructive Beauty, 2020, Marine Ply, Plastic, Silver. Exhibited Connexions exhibition, Galerie Assembplages, Parcours Bijoux 2020, Paris. Image Robert Frith.
    • Bulay(i) Project, Arnhem Land, Madatjala Yunupingu and Marawaymala Yunupingu in the studio at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, NE Arnhem Land

      Bulay(i) Project, Arnhem Land

      Madatjala Yunupingu and Marawaymala Yunupingu in the studio at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, NE Arnhem Land
    • The Bawrrungga Project, NSW, Earrings by Christine Inglis, Silky Oak, Silver, Copper. Gumbaynggirr artists with the Australian Design Centre 2021

      The Bawrrungga Project, NSW

      Earrings by Christine Inglis, Silky Oak, Silver, Copper. Gumbaynggirr artists with the Australian Design Centre 2021
    • ANU Project with Craft ACT, Worimi jewellers Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis in Craft ACT, Kemarre Arts & ANU School...

      ANU Project with Craft ACT

      Worimi jewellers Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis in Craft ACT, Kemarre Arts & ANU School of Art & Design Jewellery & Object Studio workshop
    • Kayannie Denigan, Luritja artist Kayannie Denigan, Ngathu Bubu, bronze, silver. Craft ACT, Kemarre Arts & The Indigenous Jewellery Project at...

      Kayannie Denigan

      Luritja artist Kayannie Denigan, Ngathu Bubu, bronze, silver. Craft ACT, Kemarre Arts & The Indigenous Jewellery Project at ANU School of Art & Design Jewellery & Object Studio. Exhibited Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Gallery. Acquired Toowoomba Regional Gallery.. Image Brenton McGeachie
    • Ernabella Arts Project, IJP workshop teacher & contemporary jewellery advisor Melinda Young with artist Marissa Thompson at Ernabella Arts, APY...

      Ernabella Arts Project

      IJP workshop teacher & contemporary jewellery advisor Melinda Young with artist Marissa Thompson at Ernabella Arts, APY Lands, South Australia
    • Gamu Keub-Keub Project, Ring by Matilda Nona made at Gab Titui Centre, Torres Strait Islands, Gamu Keub-Keub (Body Adornment) Project

      Gamu Keub-Keub Project

      Ring by Matilda Nona made at Gab Titui Centre, Torres Strait Islands, Gamu Keub-Keub (Body Adornment) Project
    • Ernabella Project, Artist Anne Thompson with her bracelet made during workshop with Kate Rohde at Ernabella Arts

      Ernabella Project

      Artist Anne Thompson with her bracelet made during workshop with Kate Rohde at Ernabella Arts
    • Ernabella Project, Artist Thomas Tjilya learning silversmithing in workshop at Ernabella Arts

      Ernabella Project

      Artist Thomas Tjilya learning silversmithing in workshop at Ernabella Arts
    • Gamu Keub Keub Project, Torres Strait Islands, Artist Maryann Sebasio with her jewellery masters made during workshop at Gab Titui...

      Gamu Keub Keub Project, Torres Strait Islands

      Artist Maryann Sebasio with her jewellery masters made during workshop at Gab Titui Centre
    • Emily Beckley, Torres Strait Islander artist Emily Beckley's work Sabagorar (Traditional Bridal Pendant), oxidised bronze, silk thread, Gabu-Keub Keub Project....

      Emily Beckley

      Torres Strait Islander artist Emily Beckley's work Sabagorar (Traditional Bridal Pendant), oxidised bronze, silk thread, Gabu-Keub Keub Project. One of Bekcley's Sabagorar series is held in the collection of the National Galllery of Australia. Photo Melinda Young
    • Australian Fashion Week, Rosaline Tomasina's 'Torres Strait Islander symbol' necklace on the runway with Ngali at Australian Fashion Week, Sydney,...

      Australian Fashion Week

      Rosaline Tomasina's 'Torres Strait Islander symbol' necklace on the runway with Ngali at Australian Fashion Week, Sydney, 2021
    • Bulay(i) Project, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project: exhibition installation, Australian Design Centre. Image Simon Cardwell

      Bulay(i) Project

      Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project: exhibition installation, Australian Design Centre. Image Simon Cardwell
    • Emily Beckley 'Susueri' exhibition at artisan, Beckley with curator Emily McCulloch Childs at her exhibition at artisan, Queensland's home for...

      Emily Beckley 'Susueri' exhibition at artisan

      Beckley with curator Emily McCulloch Childs at her exhibition at artisan, Queensland's home for Craft and Design
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr in the Bulay(i) Project, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project: exhibition installation, Australian Design Centre. Image Simon...

      Marrnyula Mununggurr in the Bulay(i) Project

      Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project: exhibition installation, Australian Design Centre. Image Simon Cardwell