Why Jewellery is a collaborative project involving students, staff and graduates from the Jewellery and Small Objects Department at Queensland College of Art Griffith University Australia and the Jewellery Department at Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong.
Following meetings in Hong Kong in 2014 Dr Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, lecturer of jewellery at Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Elizabeth Shaw Convenor of Jewellery and Small Objects at Queensland College of Art Griffith University decided to develop an exhibition to show at both of our institutions.
We identified similarities between our studios and approaches and were keen to develop a dialogue between our students and graduates and saw the 2015 exhibition as a way to do that.
The people invited to exhibit were asked to respond to the question "Why Jewellery? Meaning, why do you make it? Why is it the focus of your arts practice?"
The first Why Jewellery exhibition opened at HKBU in the Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery Hong Kong in May 2015. It then toured to the Webb Gallery at Queensland College of Art Griffith University later that year.
Why Jewellery features selected works from current BFA students and recent graduates (up to three years out from Queensland College of Art Griffith Unviersity and Hong Kong Baptist University). In 2017 the second exhibition in the series will open in Brisbane in June before touring to Hong Kong.