A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

A group of Australia’s finest visual artists have collaborated for the first time making artworks for Silver, a new exhibition that recently opened at the Museum of Brisbane.

By Mary Dickinson | 26th November 2013

Six pairs of photographers and artisan jewellers with a connection to Brisbane have explored the mutual interests in their practice, and produced works inspired by Brisbane’s contemporary culture, identity and memory.

 

The collaborative pairs, including internationally recognised and award-winning artists, are Michael Cook and Ari Athans; Marian Drew and Barbara Heath; Ray Cook and Matt Dwyer; Deb Mansfield and Sheridan Kennedy – who are now both based in Sydney; Nadine Cameron and Carl Warner; and Andrea Higgins and Madeleine Brown.

The exhibition’s themes range from the social traditions of Brisbane life in a bygone era to the threads of our indigenous past that influence today, Brisbane’s native flora and landscape, the topography of the city, historical photographs, objects and medals, and icons of Australiana.

Curator Jacqueline Armitstead said the historical connection between art production and silver first inspired her to encourage collaboration between the artists.

“Silver plays a significant role in the history of both jewellery-making, and photography and film through silver gelatin prints, so it seemed a compelling connection to pair the two art forms together,” Ms Armitstead said.
Silver runs until 27th April 2014.
MOB is open daily from 10am to 5pm on Level 3 of Brisbane City Hall.
Admission is free.

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Article by Mary Dickinson

Mary Dickinson has tried many career paths including kindergarten teaching, working in tourism and the arts, owner of Garden Way, blogger and social networker. She has a passion for the arts, frequenting GOMA and other art galleries, as well as for local designers with favourites including Easton Pearson, Camargue and White Label Noba. Mary is a great believer in Brisbane - the casual lifestyle, ease of getting around and the energy it exudes.

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