Robert Baines: Metal

September 10, 2010

The sixth year of Object’s Living Treasures series features influential jeweller and goldsmith Robert Baines.

The Living Treasures series celebrates the achievements of Australia’s iconic and influential crafts practitioners. The program launched in 2005 with Les Blakeborough: Ceramics, and has also features Klaus Moje: Glass, Marian Hosking: Jewellery, Liz Williamson: Textiles and Jeff Mincham: Ceramics. This year’s Living Treasures series focuses on the work of Robert Baines.

Robert Baines is one of Australia’s most prominent and influential jewellers and goldsmiths, with a career spanning more than 30 years. His exceptional craft skills and extraordinary body of work are being honoured at Object Gallery on Saturday 23 October, before touring twelve venues across the country from 2011 to mid 2013, assisted by Visions of Australia.

Baines has profoundly shaped Australian jewellery, object-making and international historical scholarship. With wry humour, his works challenge our conception of the world as much as they delight with their technical brilliance. A professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, where he continues to teach gold and silversmithing, Baines’s multifaceted practice encompasses his work as an artist-goldsmith, scholarship in archeometallurgy, and ongoing criticism and commentary in the field of contemporary crafts.

A monograph highlighting the achievements and work of this preeminent jeweller and goldsmith has been published by Object and will be available from October.

*When* 23 October 2010 – 16 January 2011
*Where* Object Gallery, 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Visit the ["Object":http://www.object.com.au/] website for more information

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