Value Chains Reset: The JMGA conference redistributed

 The 1st event of 6, begins this Tuesday 17th August 6-8pm. 

Since 1980, the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia has convened a biennial series of national conferences. These are unique occasions for bringing together objects, practices and ideas from across the continent as well as other lands.

Continuing this 40-year series, there was a conference scheduled at the Australian National University for this year. It had already been delayed one year because of COVID. Unfortunately, this year the Jewellery & Object workshop at ANU School of Art & Design was “disestablished” and funds for the conference were absorbed by the university.

Rather than break the 40-year long chain of conferences and waste the considerable work towards developing the program, a re-distributed version of the conference has been developed.

Sessions that would normally be in one location over two days, in-person and in real-time, will now be distributed across time and space, hosted across Australia and New Zealand between August and December 2021. 

Not only can attendees join the real-time online presentations and online social networking opportunities, recordings of the presentations from each separate event will also remain accessible to all registered attendees until the end of 2021. All for the extremely accessible price of $30.

The full schedule of events and ticket registration details can be found in the link below.

Image: Blanche Tilden, Parallel necklace, 1995, flameworked borosilicate glass, titanium 260mm diameter, photograph: Marcus Scholz, collection: National Gallery of Australia