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The Australian National Brooch Show

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
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Your chance to own a miniature wearable artwork
There's something a little bit daggy and retro about brooches, which is why I feel intrigued that there is a whole show dedicated to these handcrafted pieces of jewellery. The publicity for the event, however, puts a whole new spin on brooches, describing them as 'miniature wearable artworks created in an extraordinarily diverse range of media'. I like the idea of wearing a tiny artwork.

Australian National Brooch Show
Bejewelled Lady by Summer Brook-Jones (from the 2013 exhibition)

The Australian National Brooch Show is run annually. Artists nationally are invited to contribute. Part of the appeal of this show is that, because of the size of the works, even those artists in remote parts of Australia may contribute, as they can easily mail their artwork for inclusion in the exhibition.

The Australian National Brooch Show has been on display in the Fitzroy Library since 12 April 2014. But it's about to go 'on the road' and move to a new location, the Toorak Library, 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra, from 3rd June until 30th July.

Cottage Garden 2
Cottage Garden 2 by Robyn Anderson (from the 2013 exhibition)

The National Brooch Show is run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria (CAS). CAS is a non-profit organisation, run by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. It is based in Melbourne, and has been operating since 1938.

Artists from all across Australia have contributed to this unique exhibition, showcasing 278 imaginative and unusual contemporary brooches.

Peter (Rabbit)
Peter (Rabbit) by Samantha Doust (from the 2013 exhibition)

You can view the display for free during Library opening hours:

Mon-Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

The brooches are available for sale. All works will be available to view and buy (if not already sold) online after the exhibition has concluded.
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Why? Your opportunity to view and maybe purchase miniature wearable artworks!
When: During Library opening hours: Mon: to Thurs: 10am - 8pm Fri: 10am - 6pm Sat: 10am - 5pm. Sun: 2pm - 5pm
Phone: 03 9428 0568
Where: Toorak Library, 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Cost: Free
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