Mayoral Chain is a Craft Victoria Travelling Exhibition featuring Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, Anna Davern, Anna Varendorff, Claire McArdle, Kate Rohde, Marcos Guzman, Maree Clarke, Pennie Jagiello and Roseanne Bartley.
Ten contemporary Victorian artists respond to the traditional Mayoral Chain, producing artworks that explore notions of grandeur and responsibility through materials and processes.
Inspired by the craftsmanship and legacy integral to the Mayoral Chain this exhibition unpacks traditional ways of making and traditional ceremonies within contemporary society. Historically town metalsmiths and the use of precious materials were commonplace in the production of ceremonial objects, today however jewellers use a larger array of materials to create objects that are embedded with symbols and ideas that reflect civic and personal pride.
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