Entries are open for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s (TRAG) nationally recognised Contemporary Wearables ’23 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the awards were the Gallery’s contribution to promoting excellence in contemporary adornment.

Mayor Antonio said the biennial event, which was established in 1989 with the aid of the Toowoomba Gallery Society, was open to contemporary makers who were permanent residents.

“Council is proud to support this prestigious award. It is Council’s major funded initiative for contemporary visual arts practice in the Gallery’s 2023 program,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Council is proud to support Australian artists and provides $15,000 for acquisitions to continue building one of the most cohesive surveys of contemporary jewellery and object practice in Australia.”

TRC Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Tim McMahon said emerging and prominent makers were welcome to enter. Entries close on Friday, May 19, 2023.

Cr McMahon said the 2023 award winner would receive $6000, with $3500 presented to the runner-up and $1500 awarded to the student winner.

“Entries are judged by leading industry professionals in the field of jewellery and object practice,” Cr McMahon said.

“Entries selected by the judges will be showcased in the Contemporary Wearables ’23 exhibition at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery from August 26 to November 19, 2023.

“The exhibited pieces are eligible for awards and can be acquired for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection.

“The award is a noted highlight in the calendar of many of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers and object practitioners.

“The exhibition will showcase the current trends of makers and celebrate the innovation and craftsmanship of artists.

“Pieces that will be acquired for the Gallery’s Collection are a legacy of the award and continue to build one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery collections.”

For entry details, please see www.tr.qld.gov.au/trag

For more information, please see: Call for Entries | Contemporary Wearables ‘23 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition

Caption: 2021 Award Winners Sophie CARNELL and Sarah RAYNER / Florilegium… traversing the poetry of plants 2020 / 42 brooches: hand carved porcelain with terra sigillata, sterling and fine silver / 26 x 375 x 8cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 2387 / © Sophie Carnell and Sarah Rainer