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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 and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth's King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.

Learn more about our Collector Focus stars, Shane and Trevor HERE   


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.


Cinnamon Lee Thorn 2011

Spreading the sparkle

We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design whose talented final year jewellery design students will create their graduation pieces in the Imagination Room and whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show.

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

Jewels will flash at this highly anticipated fashion show. Curtin University 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.

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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.


Special Event

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.

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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.


Curator Tour: Beyond Bling

6-7.30pm, Thursday 25 October 2018
$25 AGWA Members | $35 General Admission

Welcome drink included

Join AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art Robert Cook on an exclusive after-hours tour of the next exhibition in the Culture Juice program: Beyond Bling!

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AGWA Curator Robert Cook



School holiday activitiy with artist PAULA HART

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.

The workshops are FREE but will fill up fast.

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Dinosaur Designs
Collar bone 2014
resin and rope
85 x 152 x 14 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
© Dinosaur Designs 2014

Cinnamon Lee
Thorn 2011
925 sterling silver
1.26 x 2.47 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011







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