In March this year Bush Bling brought together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jewellers from remote islands to major cities, united under the roof of Aboriginal Bush Traders in a celebration of craftsmanship, skill and diversity.
Continuing millennia of adornment of hands, necks, ears and bodies in traditional cultures, Bush Bling invited artists who are breaking ground in their contemporary practice to show their work in an insightful context.
Artists draw on their knowledge of the land, totem animals and dreaming stories as they weave tradition together with resin, reclaimed materials, precious metals and acrylic paint, producing contemporary, highly designed pieces that sing of the strength and pride of cultural leaders grounded in their artistic practice.
The exhibition was a tremendous success, resonating with a wide audience of keen and savvy buyers.
March 2020 will see the second edition of Bush Bling and we would love to invite you to participate. Our aim is to build on last year’s success and present a significant survey of country-wide contemporary Indigenous jewellery design and craftsmanship.
We would love to know what you are currently working on and the stories you are telling through your jewellery. And that you might like to exhibit your work alongside your national peers.
Bush Bling will open on Friday 13 March at Aboriginal Bush Traders, 74 The Esplanade, Darwin City.
Bush Bling 2020 will run from 13 March to 24 April.
We will need all work to arrive by 28 February.