Located in North Sydney, Studio 20/17 Project Space has evolved as an extension of the original passions of the co-founder of Studio 20/17, Bridget Kennedy. The combined gallery/workshop reflects a continuing commitment to community activation with an ongoing exhibition program, representation of a broad range of jewellery artists, community workshops and personal mentoring. The space also contains a workshop where Bridget makes bespoke jewellery, and commissions including wedding and engagement rings.
“It’s important to me to highlight that wearing contemporary handmade jewellery allows a connection to individuals and the handmade in a local community. I understand the connection and meaning that a handcrafted and unique piece of jewellery can embody and enjoy sharing the process of making unique commissioned work. ” – Bridget.
The gallery is composed of a retail area showcasing contemporary jewellery by many wonderful Australian contemporary designer jewellery artists. The jewellery on display expresses the artist’s inspiration and their individual creative journey. Changing exhibitions showcase both contemporary jewellery and objects by local artists. 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.
COMMISSIONS – A special piece of jewellery can be designed and made for any special occasion. I am happy to use recycled gold, client’s gemstones and conflict free diamonds in designs. All commissions are handmade in the workshop. Join our mailing list to receive a complimentary questionnaire to help you clarify your design ideas.
COMMITMENT RINGS – It’s important to have the right ring. You my like to choose one of the designs made by our gallery artists or prefer to have a ring custom made to your design.
REMODELLING AND REPAIRS – I understand how important your jewellery is. Having been trained in both contemporary jewellery and the traditional trade jewellery making processes, I’m familiar with working with many nontraditional materials (as well as the usual precious ones) and have the knowledge to be able to repair most types of jewellery. Visit or email through an image of what’s required and let me bring your jewellery back to life. I can also work with you to create a new bespoke item of contemporary jewellery from items you no longer wear. Interested in learning how to repair your costume jewellery yourself? I occasionally hold free Repair Cafes.
TEACHING AND WORKSHOPS – Bridget is experienced in a number of jewellery making techniques and is available for one on one teaching to help you master a particular technique or finish a special project.
So what’s so special about contemporary jewellery?
Contemporary jewellery has a sense of surprise, experimentation and ingenuity – how is that made? how did the artist think to use that material? Contemporary jewellery is an expression of the individual – both the wearer, who is willing to step outside the boundaries of traditional or mass market jewellery and who has an appreciation for the skill behind unique design, and the artist, whose work expresses their inspiration and embodies their personal creative journey. Contemporary jewellery is a facilitator of communication. When you wear contemporary jewellery you’re connecting to individuals in a community rather than faceless consumption of generic items.
Commitment to the environment is paramount. I prefer to use recycled gold and silver precious metals where possible. Alternatively I will ensure that gold is sourced from Australian mines. Studio 20/17 Project Space 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.