To celebrate Queensland week we were inspired to support local artists, so let’s profile some of our favourite artists and makers from the ‘Sunshine State’ whose work we stock in our Gallery Stores.
Queensland Week is an annual celebration that centres around the state’s birthday on 6 June. Moves towards statehood began with a public meeting in 1851 to consider separation from New South Wales. As the push for separation gained momentum, Queen Victoria was approached to consider establishing a separate colony based on Moreton Bay. The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859, now known as Queensland Day.
The QAGOMA Store also has three retail outlets — two at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) at each entrance and another at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Together they specialise in high-quality books on today’s most exciting, challenging and influential contemporary artists and designers, history and design. A sophisticated selection of design objects, contemporary art merchandise, gifts and a stunning range of jewellery by Australian and international designers with a handmade focus.
First up is Sunshine Coast resident, Elke Lucas. Elke loves working with Australian porcelains and draws inspiration from the landscape and natural forms that surround her. These gorgeous vessels (and many more) are available through the QAG Store.
Bianca Mavrick is a self-titled jewellery label whose playful forms, eclectic motifs and exuberant colours have been kindling imaginations since 2013. Bianca works with silver, resin and wood to deliver truly unique and dynamic jewellery. Drop by the GOMA Store to see her jewellery in person!
Paula Dunlop is a jewellery designer and maker from Brisbane. She combines durable materials with meticulous, time-honoured construction techniques to build pieces that are beautiful both on and off the body. Paula’s beautiful glass beaded jewellery is available through the GOMA Store.
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