‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Jac Dyson

Currently on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery is the exhibition USE. This exhibition features exquisitely crafted contemporary jewellery and small objects by seventeen artists from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Jac Dyson, image from thechronicle.com.au

Jac Dyson studied both animation and fine art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and is a practising artist who works and volunteers in the arts. Previously she has worked as a Gallery and Visitors Services Officer at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and volunteered with their Children’s art centre public programs team. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Training (Primary) at Central Queensland University.

Finger Pockets Series, 2018, Fine silver, sterling silver, porcelain, varying sizes

The curatorial premise of the USE exhibition was for artists to respond to the concept of tools. Jac Dyson focused on arguably the most important tool of all for a jewellery maker – the hands. She has paid tribute to them through her work Finger Pockets Series, creating finger-like sheaths from sterling silver and porcelain.

Along with artist Erena Mercer, Jac directed BUSYBRICK, an artist run initiative which provided site specific creative programs across two Brisbane residential sites. While now disbanded, the group curated exhibitions, events and workshops to provide opportunities for local, national and international creatives. They aimed to foster opportunities for networking and collaboration between creatives.

Jac has featured in group shows organised by Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland such as USE and Worn & Weathered. She was a featured artist in Artisan, Brisbane, 2018 calendar presenting Re: Watch and Wear.

USE is on exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery until 25 October 2020.

References:

‘2016 – Worn & Weathered’, Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, Queensland Chapter, viewed 30 September 2020,  https://jmgq.weebly.com/wornweathered.html

‘BUSYBRICK’, Facebook, viewed 30 September 2020, https://www.facebook.com/BUSYBRICKARI

‘BUSYBRICK’, Remix, viewed 30 September 2020, https://remix.org.au/busybrick-interview-with-artists-jac-dyson-and-erena-mercer-artist-runs-now/

Rebecca Lush, ‘Jewellery workshops plus arty x-rays at GRAGM’, The Chronicle, 5 April 2018, viewed 30 September 2020, https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/jewellery-workshops-plus-arty-x-rays-at-gragm/3378802/

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