Collecting Communities: Craft and design as an active part of our lives Past Event
Building a contemporary craft and design collection is more attainable than you might think. Artists and Bluestone Collection members Bin Dixon-Ward and Robyn Phelan speak with gold- and silversmith Mark Edgoose, and RMIT Culture’s Paula Toal, about accessible and affordable collecting, fostering craftmakers, and how considered collecting can be an active part of our lives.
A graduate of RMIT Gold and Silversmithing, Bin describes herself as a digital craftsperson, developing her ideas into objects using the tools of 3D modelling software and 3D printing. Bin has exhibited in Australia, China, Europe and North America and is the recipient of several awards for her jewellery.
Robyn Phelan is a ceramicist and lecturer. Her professional background is in visual arts and museum education, curation and management. Robyn is also an avid writer and observer of Australian contemporary ceramics, pottery and art.
Mark Edgoose has had a significant influence on jewellery and object-making through his independent practice and contribution to research and education since 1989. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and received major commissions and awards including the National Craft Award, National Gallery of Victoria, 1995.
Paula Toal is an arts and business leader who has held senior roles at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Museums Victoria, and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Paula leads RMIT Culture’s management and creative direction, across its galleries, programs, collections, and The Capitol.