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culture juice – beyond Bling!

13 October 2018 – 14 January 2019 | FREE





Are you ready for bling!

Building on the success of The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: Beyond Bling! celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.


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Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.

AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cooks, says:
“Jewellery is the most intimate of art forms – a bridge between our bodies and the rest of the world – the rings we wear, the necklaces, the earrings, the nose rings, the bracelets, they frame us, add accents. And they bring the eye of a friend, lover – or even a stranger – to rest upon us. Jewellery exists in the domain of desire, a heightened form of non-verbal communication that flickers through the private and public realm. These exhibits highlight a body of works that provokes thought and delight, with themes ranging from the organic, to the architectural to the use of everyday items, to work created to keep private memory intact – and to draw the eyes of the crowd.”

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen, 'civic bling' treasures from City of Perth, and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth's King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.

Learn more about our key collectors HERE   

Lord Mayors chain and medallion 1887    On loan from Shane Pavlinovich

John Brown & Sons                                                                                                                On loan from Shane Pavlinovich

Lord Mayor’s chain and medallion 1887                                                                              
sterling silver, enamel                                 

Cultural Collections of the City of Perth
Photographer: Eva Fernandez


Bling Day

10am-5pm, Saturday 13 October 2018 | FREE

It all begins on Bling Day, with a jewel box of music, talks, guided tours, workshops, a jewellery history clinic, dance and much more. Get the chance to showcase your own favourite pieces in Bring your Bling, with AGWA’s Jewel Thief in Residence, Shane Pavlinovich, as Master of Ceremonies.


Spreading the sparkle

We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment, whose talented final year jewellery design students will present their developed designs for new pieces in the Imagination Room (on Bling Day) and later their prototypes for the same works. And whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show, Paradigm.

7.30-9pm, Sunday 2 December
VIP Seating: $70 | General Standing: $45

Jewels will flash at this highly anticipated fashion show. Curtin University's School of Design and the Built Environment fashion students are this year presenting their graduate showcase, Paradigm at AGWA. This thrilling event will explore and challenge conventional fashion paradigms through the presentation of a unique range of capsule collections that will be featured through an innovative runway experience. The event will showcase innovative design, explore the many facets of beauty, disrupt common held beliefs and investigate narratives expressed through the art of fashion.

Featuring a special appearance by AGWA’s King of Bling himself.

We also link with Fashion Council WA for essential red carpet style tips; Pride WA for a bling-tastic parade; the AGWA Foundation to acquire important new pieces for the collection; City of Perth for some 'civic bling' treasures; collector enthusiasts, and academics from the jewellery world.


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A3 Posters

Beyond Bling crown ring graphic  Beyond Bling python graphic Beyond Bling ring graphic  Bling poster with historical brooch


GUided tours

Beyond Bling! | FREE

11am-12pm, Wednesdays (tours now closed)

Join a Voluntary Gallery Guide for an insight into some of the contemporary and historical jewellery in your state art collection.



Beyond Bling!

10.30am-12pm, Wednesday 21 November
$15 (ticket includes tour and morning tea)

Parents with bubs get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of AGWA's Guru Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room.

Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome! Baby change facilities available.

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100 Keyboards  

Lead Artist Asuna

6.45pm, Tuesday 23 October

$30+bf | 90 minute performance

includes access to the Beyond Bling! and Biomess exhibitions after hours in an atmospheric setting

Sold out in Sydney and Melbourne – one performance only in Perth!

Created by pioneering Japanese sound artist Asuna, 100 Keyboards is a captivating site-specific listening experience, a strange but beautiful accompaniment to the Beyond Bling! exhibition. For a truly one-of-a-kind performance and site-specific listening experience in the AGWA concourse.

One hundred routine plastic keyboards arranged like a giant jewelry piece play the same key, generating an undulating sonic harmony both mesmerizing and mysterious. Sound waves on the same frequency multiply and bounce off in myriad directions, creating a complex sonic field of interference and reverberation that swells and changes over time.


Asuna 100 Keyboards

image courtesy the artist


Watch Asuna HERE

Please note

this is an unreserved standing-room only event.

For accessibility queries please see the AGWA website.

Presented by AGWA Culture Juice, The SUBSTATION, Performance Space, Asialink, hellosQuare & SymbioticA (in association with Tura New Music)

as part of Unhallowed Arts.

Bling Chandelier Workshop

with Paula Hart and Helene Offer


12-1pm, Sunday 25 November

1-2pm, Sunday 25 November

2-3pm, Sunday 25 November

Places are limited, so book your preferred one hour session to these free workshops.

Collaborate with artists Paula Hart and Helene Offer as they question our values by asking where lies the beauty in the materials around us?

Using recycled plastics the artists challenge the ways we overlook the potential of discarded objects, and bring new life to materials that our society often views as junk.

Contribute to the dazzling Plastic Fantastic Bling Chandelier to hang in the Imagination Room at AGWA as part of Beyond Bling! until 14 January.

  Plastic Fantastic Bling Chandelier


School holiday activitiy with artist Paula Hart FREE

10am-1pm, Monday 24 September
1pm-4pm, Thursday 27 September
10am-1pm, Thursday 4 October

In celebration of the Beyond Bling! exhibition come and create a dazzling adornment made from upcycled plastic materials with artist Paula Hart.

Bring your own coloured plastic lids, plastic bottles and old colourful trinkets, or use the recycled treasures we have collected for you.

Join us in the Imagination Room at AGWA for a creative morning or crafternoon during the September school holidays.


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Geoffrey Allen

Crown ring c1975 (detail, digital manipulation)

Sterling silver and rock crystal, 4.1 x 2.2 x 3.2 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Gift of Dr Rose E Toussaint, 1993

David Bielander

Python 2011 (detail, digital manipulation)

Titanium and silver, ed 9/12, 5 x 5 x 247 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2015

Jenny Crisp

Ring c1977 (detail, digital manipulation)

Sterling silver pearl, 6.2 x 4 x 5.5 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 1982






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