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Art of Dinosaur Designs Exhibition

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Dinosaur Designs that are just a little too big to wear
The bright, chunky, and colourful nature of Dinosaur Designs' resin jewellery and homewares make them instantly recognisable. Dinosaur Designs is an Australian success story with 7 stores here in Australia, as well as stores in London and New York. Their jewellery is described as wearable art, but not all their pieces are small enough to be worn. The exhibition Art of Dinosaur Designs: Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery showcases their larger artworks which are just as colourful and fun as their smaller pieces.

dinosaur designs exhibition
Image courtesy of Bega Valley Regional Gallery website


The team behind Dinosaur Designs, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, met in art school and started the business at the Paddington Markets as a way to make ends meet while pursuing careers as artists. That was just over 30 years ago. The side business took over, but the two still see themselves as artists.

dinosaur designs exhibition
Image courtesy of Bega Valley Regional Gallery website


The show is on tour from Bega Valley Regional Gallery but will also include new work created for the Hazelhurst exhibition. If their normal work is wearable art, then the pieces in this exhibition are best described as liveable art - mostly tables and wall mountable pieces in their distinctive style. But because they are made of brightly coloured resin, they feel more fun and accessible than a traditional painting. Dinosaur Designs see their work somewhere in-between a painting and a sculpture.

"Resin has a wonderful viscous fluidity that allows us to cross the boundaries of sculpture and painting, so we can create pieces we think of as visual poetry they're made entirely by hand so they're very tactile, like three dimensional poems that can be read by touch." (Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy on the Bega Valley Regional Gallery Website)

dinosaur designs exhibition
Image courtesy of Bega Valley Regional Gallery website


This YouTube video gives a great indication of what you can expect to see. It features commentary from Stephen Ormandy and shows the exhibition when it was on at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery in late 2016.



If you love Dinosaur Designs, then be sure to check out the gallery shop and freestanding jewellery display cabinets while you are there. The shop is a stockist for Dinosaur Designs as well as many other art jewellery brands that you are bound to like too. There are also lots of other arty products to browse through.

Why not enjoy breakfast or lunch at the popular Hazelhurst Cafe before or after you see the exhibition? The cafe includes a deck that looks out over a lovely grassed garden. It's a common sight to see kids running around the garden, or playing in the sandpit, while their parents enjoy a coffee or a meal. The cafe operates from 9am-4pm, 7 days a week. For more information on the Hazelhurst Cafe, visit www.hazelhurstcafe.com.

The Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, in the Sutherland Shire, is a 40 minute drive from Sydney CBD. Parking is available, but can be hard to come by due to the popular cafe. Avoid peak times like weekend breakfast if you have no plans to eat there. Street parking can be easier to find in side streets on the opposite side of the Kingsway if the Hazelhurst carpark is full. Taking a train is another excellent option for getting there with Gymea train station only a 5 minute walk away from the gallery. For more information on how to get to the gallery, visit the Hazelhurst website
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Why? To see the bright colourful creations of Dinosaur Designs go BIG
When: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week
Phone: 02 8536 5700
Where: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
Cost: FREE
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A very interesting concept may I say. Nice article.
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