Melanie Ihnen and Bridget Kennedy bonded over a shared love of the handmade and a belief in the vitality and importance of contemporary designed, crafted objects and art in the world.
The creative haven of Studio 20/17 was born out of a passion to share with the wider community their love of contemporary jewellery, and the meaning and connection that a handcrafted and unique piece of jewellery can embody.
It was important for them to highlight that wearing contemporary designed jewellery allows a connection to individuals and the handmade in a local community.
The Sydney gallery is composed of a retail area showcasing contemporary jewellery by many wonderful Australian and international contemporary designer jewellery artists. These have been handpicked by Bridget and Melanie for their individuality and fabulously creative abilities. The jewellery on display expresses the artists inspiration and embodies their individual, personal and creative journey.
A separate exhibition area displays new exhibition jewellery designs and the working studio is where you can see the work in progress. Visit our news page for a behind the scenes peek of what’s happening in the jewellery workshop.
Commitment to the environment is paramount. The gallery prefers to use recycled gold and silver precious metals where possible in jewellery designs. This means that we endeavour not to use materials that are obtained from mines, preferring to use metals that have been refined or reused from scrap such as existing jewellery, photography or any other forms of scrap. Studio 20/17 is committed to providing an exhibition venue for contemporary jewellery artists to challenge the boundaries of contemporary jewellery within the context of the applied and fine arts.
Artists are invited to contribute to an exhibition calendar and the gallery is available at certain times of the year for exhibition hire. Please contact studio 20/17 for submission requirements. Studio 20/17 aims to increase the profile of Contemporary Jewellery within the wider contemporary art arena.