NSW artist Luke Abbot wins Contemporary Wearables ’17 Biennial Jewellery Award

New South Wales artist Luke Abbot has been judged the winner of the Contemporary Wearables ’17 Biennial Jewellery Award.

New South Wales artist Luke Abbot has been judged the winner of the Contemporary Wearables ’17 Biennial Jewellery Award.

Mr Abbot, who exhibited a stark but striking titanium/silver articulated ring, joins a select list of award winners of the competition that has been organised by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery since 1989.

Titled, Mandible setting 2017, the articulated ring is a mix of industrial design and cool metallic elegance offset by a gem.

Mr Abbot’s intricate handiwork earned him $5000 and a permanent place in the Toowoomba City Collection.

Rings proved a popular feature at this year’s Award, with South Australian artist Anja Jagsch named the runner-up for her four ring creation, Symbiosis.

Victoria’s Michaela Pegum won the $1500 student award for a neckpiece titled, Quale II.

The three awarded works listed above have been acquired for the Toowoomba City collection, along with the following pieces:

• Leonie Westbrook SA Yellow Rectangle (bangle)
• Inari Kiuru VIC Night falls over Brunswick (two brooches)
• Sandie Lee QLD For Love (two neckpieces)
• Sophie Carnell TAS Papers for thoughtful girls (neckpiece)
• Bin Dixon-Ward VIC Red Squares #1 (neckpiece)
• Katheryn Leopoldseder VIC Household Idols (three rings)
• Tatjana Panyockzi NZ In the picture (neckpiece)
• Bic Tieu NSW Connected Landscapes (brooch)
• Blanche Tilden VIC Flow 03 (neckpiece)
• Nina Van Duynhoven NZ "What is to give light must endure burning." - Viktor Frankl (five brooches)

The award exhibition brings together a diverse range of contemporary works created by jewellers, artisans and makers that are contemporary both in design and social commentary.

Sonja Clark's work, 1000 tears of frustration, won the popular vote to be named the winner of the Mathias Richards People’s Choice Award.

This category is conducted by the Toowoomba Gallery Society in support of the biennial exhibition and award.

This year’s award exhibition was juried by Dr Sabine Pagan, contemporary jeweller and interdisciplinary practitioner and Mr Kevin Murray, independent writer, curator and managing editor for Garland Magazine. The appointed judge for 2017 was Mr Phill Mason, Gem-Cutter, Goldsmith and Studio-Jeweller.

Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition will be on display until Sunday, November 5.

Galleries interested in hosting a tour of Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition are welcome to contact Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Caption: Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / Articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Reproduced by kind permission

Artist information: https://www.lukeabbot.com.au

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