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born in Nuriootpa South Australia

lives and works in Melbourne Australia


1994|97  Advanced Diploma in Applied and Visual Arts North Adelaide School of Arts

1989|91  Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies  University of South Australia Adelaide


2011|18   ARIM (Artist Residency in Motherhood), Melbourne

2012|13   Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board, Studio Residency London UK

2007       Artist in Residence, School of Jewellery, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University Birmingham UK

2003|04  Assistant and Project Manager, Susan Cohn Workshop  3000 Melbourne

2002       Landscapes & Backgrounds, residency/site specific installation, with Greg Fullerton and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery New South Wales

2001|02  Artist in Residence Metal Design Studio, JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design Adelaide

2000       Artist in Residence, Silversmithing and Jewellery Department, Glasgow School of Art Scotland

1997|08  Access Jeweller, Gray Street Workshop Adelaide

select grants and awards

2018       Creators Fund, Creative Victoria

2018       Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2017       Arts Project Grant, City of Melbourne

2012       Skills and Arts Development, Australia Council for the Arts

2010       Ashington Mentorship (mentor), The Helpmann Academy

2006      Skills and Arts Development, Australia Council for the Arts

2004       Arts Development Program:  New Work Creation, Arts Victoria

2002       Emerging Artist Mentorship, (mentor Susan Cohn), Craftsouth; Centre for Contemporary Craft & Design and Workshop 3000 Melbourne

2001       Emerging Artists Professional Development Program: Project Assistance, ArtsSA

2001       Skills and Arts Development: New Work (Emerging) Australia Council for the Arts

1997|08  South Australian Youth Arts Development Grant, Artists in Studios Scheme, SAYAB Arts SA     

solo exhibitions

2018       smother,  Craft Victoria Melbourne

2018       permeate, Barossa Regional Galley Tanunda South Australia

2014       gleam, Gray Street Workshop Gallery Adelaide

2013       gloss, ACME Project Space London UK

2009      cosmetic, Craft ACT Canberra

2008      cosmetic, Craft Victoria Melbourne

2005      embellish, 23 Sherman Galleries Sydney

2002      probe, Craft Victoria Melbourne

2002      Grosseltern, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide Institute of Technology  Adelaide


select group exhibitions

2022       Uniform Wyndham Art Gallery Melbourne

2020|23  Made/Worn;Australian Contemporary Jewellery, Australian Design Centre Sydney, NETS national tour

2021        Body Layer: Semblance of the Self, Craft ACT  Canberra

2021        Desire Paths, Centre for Craft  Ashville North Carolina US

2020.      She, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre  Melbourne

2019       Family & Friends, Daine Singer  Melbourne

2019       Body Control, Museum Arnhem Netherlands

2019       Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms, c3 Contemporary Artspace & Rubicon  Melbourne

2019       Verge, Bundoora Homestead  Melbourne

2018       The Language of Things, The Dowse Art Museum  Wellington New Zealand

2017       Masked,  Holding House  Detroit US

2017       Museum of Lost Public Notices,  George Paton Gallery The University of Melbourne

2016       The SCOPE Galleries Art Award: Art Concerning Environment  (high commendation), SCOPE Galleries  Warrnambool Victoria

2015       Calendar Girls Project, Gray Street Alumni, Gray St Workshop Gallery  Adelaide

2015       Victorian Craft Award  (Directors choice), Craft Victoria  Melbourne

2015       Move Me, Edinburgh Moving Image Festival, Embassy Gallery  Scotland

2014       Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria  Melbourne

2013       Unexpected Pleasures; the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, Design Museum  London UK

2012       Tough Love, Australian Experimental Art Foundation  Adelaide

2012        Unexpected Pleasures, National Gallery of Victoria  Melbourne

2011        Open Mind: International Contemporary Metal Art, Sungkok Art Museum  Seoul Korea

2010       The Embassy Salon Show, Catalyst Arts  Belfast Northern Ireland

2010       By Example, The Museum of Arts & Crafts  Itami Japan

2010       Extreme Beauty, Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts  Houston US

2010       Broadcast Yourself, (Embassy Gallery submission), No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents, Tate Modern  London UK

2008       In the Making, Craft Victoria  Melbourne

2008       Refashioning the Fashion, Object Australia Centre for Craft and Design  Sydney

2007       Fire Fire, The Narrows  Melbourne

2007       Goldmember , Embassy Gallery  Edinburgh Scotland

2006|07 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria  Melbourne, NETS regional galleries & Craft ACT

2006       Make the Common Precious, Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho, Santiago Chile

2006       City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Hobart

2006       New Social Commentaries 06, Warrnambool Art Gallery Victoria

2005       Expiration, Project Space, RMIT University  Melbourne 

2005       Make the Common Precious, Craft Victoria  Melbourne

2005       counter-productive, Craft Victoria  Melbourne

2005       Shades of Gray: a survey of Gray Street Workshop access jewellers (1985-2005) JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design Adelaide

2004       Design Down Under; Jewelry from Australia & New Zealand, Australian Embassy Washington DC and Bancroft Gallery South Shore Art Center Massachusetts US

2003       Cities of Silver and Gold, Craft ACT Craft & Design Centre Canberra

2002       8th Anniversary Holiday Invitational Exhibition, OXOXO Gallery Baltimore US

2002       Going Underground, in collaboration with Greg Fullerton, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Broken Hill New South Wales

2001       City of Perth Craft Award, Craft West Gallery  Perth

2001       Recent Acquisitions, Modern Jewellery Collection, National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh Scotland

2000       three point landing, Atrium Gallery, Glasgow School of Art  Glasgow Scotland

select lectures and talks

2019        What do you think of when I say the word 'jewellery'? RMIT Design Hub Melbourne

2014        NC4 x2, NorthCIty 4, Melbourne

2014.       gleam, artist talk, Gray Street Gallery, Gray Street Workshop Adelaide

2012|13   worn, Camberwell College of Arts, London UK and American University, Beirut Lebanon

2008|09 cosmetic, artist talk, Craft Victoria Melbourne and Craft ACT Canberra

2007       embellish, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design  Birmingham City University UK, Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art Scotland

2000       probe, North Adelaide School of Art Adelaide, Glasgow School of Art

2000       School of Jewellery Special Lecture Series: Tiffany Parbs, Edinburgh College of Art Scotland


select publications

2021       Tracey Clement, Artists Use the Language of Jewellery to Explore Ideas, Art Guide (feature), 15/7/21

2020       Mel Young, Everything and Nothing: Jewellery Beyond Adornment, Australian Design Centre Sydney

2020       Maria Maclennan, Forensic Jewellery: a Marriage of Two Worlds, Journal of Jewellery Research, Vol 3, pgs 41-59

2019       Derek Johnson (writer, dir & ed) and Luke Smithers (dir), Fragile Machine, film duration 6:02 mins, New York US

2016       Timotej Blažek (et al), Object and Material in Art and Education, Palacky University, Olomouc Czech Republic

2014        Xiao Liu, Li Piman, Contemporary Jewelry Design: Thoughts on Inspiration and Expression, China Youth Press International, Beijing China

2014        Kirsty Darlaston, Tough Love, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts issue 77 Summer

2014        X, 10th Members Anniversary Edition Embassy Gallery, Workhorse Press Edinburgh Scotland

2013        Damian Skinner (ed), Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Sterling Publishing, New York US

2013        Susan Cohn, Exhibition in print: as seen by others: photography as strategy, Metalsmith vol 33 (4) pg 20-21

2012        Susan Cohn, Unexpected Pleasures: the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, Skira Rizzoli New York US

2012        Bel Jacobs, ‘Ugly jewellery made beautiful: Unconventional accessories’, Metro News London, 3/12/2012

2011         Liesbeth Den Besten, On Jewellery: a Compendium of International Art Jewellery, Arnoldsche Art Publishers Stuttgart Germany

2010        Miquel Abellán, Dreaming Jewelry, Monsa Publishing Barcelona Spain

2009       Sakura Yokoyama (ed), Works by Tiffany Parbs:  Artist, +ING Hair Magazine, issue #32, pg 38-41, Japan

2009       Diana Streak (arts ed), Body art with a message, The Canberra Times 24/03/09 pg 7

2006       Amy Sackville, New Directions in Jewellery II, Black Dog Publishing, London UK 

2006       Michael Veitch, Sunday Arts, ABC Television Melbourne 16/04/06

2005       Kevin Murray, Craft Unbound: Make the Common Precious, Thames & Hudson Australia | Alex McDonald, Skin deep, State of the Arts Jul-Sept 05 pg 14

select catalogues

2021       Made/Worn: Contemporary Australian Jewellery, Australian Design Centre Sydney

2019       Claire McArdle, Verge, Bundoora Homestead  Melbourne

2018       smother, texts by Daniella Watson and Tiffany Parbs,  Craft Victoria Melbourne

2013       Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria  Melbourne

2011        Kiwon Wang, Open Mind: International Contemporary Metal Art, History and the New Material, Sungkok Art Museum ,Seoul South Korea

2010       Karen Findeis and Bridie Lander, By Example, The Museum of Arts and Crafts  Itami Japan

2009       cosmetic, texts by Daniella Watson and Nella Themelios,  Craft Victoria Melbourne

2005       Jane Devery & Danielle Whitfield, Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne

2005       Louise-Ann Zahara Expiration Project Space  RMIT University Melbourne

2002       probe, text by Dr Kevin Murray  Craft Victoria Melbourne

professional associations

ACME (Alumni Artist), London UK | Arts Hub, Australia | Craft Victoria, Melbourne | Gray Street Workshop (Alumni Artist), Adelaide | JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design, Adelaide | Klimt02, Barcelona | NAVA (National Association of Visual Artists), Australia | NOD (Not Only Decoration), Vienna | Workshop 3000 Melbourne


Modern Jewellery Collection, National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh Scotland |  Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, Manchester | Rare Books Collection, State Library of Victoria Melbourne | private collections nationally and internationally

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