The Neville Bonner building is being demolished to make way for the new Queen’s Wharf precinct Wednesday, May 4 2016 

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After only 16 years of life, multiple architectural awards, our site-specific sculpture entitled ‘net’ and many other public artworks in situ are now in limbo. Although owned by the Queensland Government we do have artist’s moral rights to the work. We do have a say as to its future use and placement when that time comes. Our original curator, Jacqueline Armitstead is working on every artist’s behalf at this time to see a legitimate outcome for all the artworks.

The building’s demise as reported:

Name tower of power after Neville Bonner:

The LNP Opposition has a Labor ally in Curtis Pitt. But only when it comes to continuing to honour the nation’s first indigenous person to become a member of the federal parliament. Neville Bonner, an elder of the Jagera people, became the first indigenous Senator in 1971 when he was chosen to fill a casual Liberal vacancy, and the first indigenous Senator to be elected in their own right by popular vote in 1972 up until 1980, finishing up in the Senate in 1983 as an independent.  In 1999 the award-winning Neville Bonner building was officially opened. It houses the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Come 2017 it is slated for demolition as part of the Queens Wharf precinct along with the Executive Building and the next door Public Works building. The federal electorate of Bonner was named for the state’s groundbreaking politician in 2004, but Opposition state development spokesman Tim Nicholls said Mr Bonner deserved further recognition.

“When we see the demolition of the old Neville Bonner building, that 1 William Street, which of course is the catalyst for this development, being renamed perhaps the Neville Bonner building in honour of a great Liberal Senator, the first indigenous Liberal Senator coming from Queensland,” he said. And Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who holds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships portfolio, agreed. “I think people across all sides of politics have the greatest respect for Neville Bonner and in fact, I myself got to serve as the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in the Neville Bonner building and have my office there – it certainly wasn’t lost on me the significance of that,” he said. “Given that the Neville Bonner building will be demolished as part of the overall re-development in terms of Queen’s Wharf, clearly there is going to need to be some recognition, on-going, of Mr Bonner’s great contribution to public life in Queensland. “Of course, it is not a decision that I can make, but I, of course, like many people, want to see that legacy that he has left in Queensland is recognised in some way going forward. “Mr Bonner’s great-niece, Queensland Senator Joanna Lindgren, said her late uncle would have approved of the progress represented by the Queens Wharf development. “The building named after him, that currently stands in the Queens Wharf precinct is from another generation and Uncle Neville would be the first to say that progress is needed,” Senator Lindgren said. “I would be very honoured if the new executive building is named in his memory, and I am also very pleased that with the removal of the old building, a great initiative of redevelopment and job creation implemented by the former LNP government can commence. “1 William Street, nicknamed the “tower of power”, is still without an official name.  The government and larger public service departments are due to move in next year, with the building scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. BRISBANE TIMES JULY 2015

The future as envisioned in (1), (2), (3) and (4) renderings. The architectural fraternity is quite polarised by this proposal, it will see one of our earliest colonial buildings entirely covered by street  scape.

Back to the studio Tuesday after a 58 day break Sunday, Mar 6 2016 

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. . . back to extravagance, client whims, Barbara’s 2016–2020 range plan, the rest of our life making magic & theatre & material culture!

 

 

 

The studio just finished another ‘gem flower pot’ sculpture and its off to a happy collector in Sydney, today. Friday, Dec 4 2015 

Hand forged 925 silver, © silver melts and her gems chosen from our wholesale studio collection. Other versions are for sale – the top one is in the Brisbane studio and the second one is at our Tasmanian dealer – Handmark Gallery.

Email requests are pouring in . . . advance dates for our ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ studio sale this year Saturday, Nov 7 2015 

School holidays and the usual exodus from Brisbane means that we miss some folk, we are going a week later this year. Please diarise these dates: SAT DEC 12 & SUN DEC 13 2015. The mailout is under construction, there are maybe 7 commissions still to be listed. I’ve finished the vision cull and this is the rear image for the snail mail piece reviewing the year.

*email me your home address if you have changed details in the last 12 months <male@co-opones.to>

2015 Brisbane Open House – Barbara and mal E host two groups as part of “Made in Brisbane” – artist studio tours Sunday, Oct 11 2015 

Really excited to be part of this dynamic concept, our two groups were made up of artists, architects, jewellers, designers, craft people, educators, gardeners, a retired radio announcer and an IT guru. We are prolific when it comes to documenting our own projects so making a powerpoint of 21 small and large public art projects was a breeze. We had precursors and elements to see and feel and an interested set of informed and enthusiastic visitors. October 10 and 11 saw multitudes of venues opened for public viewing – go to “BrisbaneOpenHouse” here.

Thanks Renai et al Thursday, Sep 17 2015 

“Thanks Mal, We are very excited about this new purchase for the collection.The works will be found in Mater Private Springfield Hospital and in Mater Health Services Art Collection.” –  Best Renai Director, Independent Arts Management, P O Box 7648 EAST BRISBANE Q 4169. 0411 484 222 www.iamprojects.net

Maise and Bab’s Garden Sketchbook – detail
When Marian and Barbara were thrown together for the MOB – ‘silver’ initiative it smacked of fun and they were delighted. Many people loved this work and it was offered to someone special, this week it was sold via IAM, well done ladies! This studio shot was taken by mal E early in the piece:

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

‘Fragments become fashion’ Page 22 (tasweekend) July11–12 2015 Saturday, Jul 18 2015 

Words by Stephanie Eslake and photography by Sam Rosewarne, thanks to Roz Macallan and John Potter for sending an iPhone pic and the article so I could scan and post. Sarah called from the gallery this afternoon to say that a Brisbane lady just snapped up one of the rings in the show.

Download the high-res .pdf here.

Barbara’s Hobart show still on until the 20th July 2015 at Handmark Gallery, Tasmania. Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 

Noel Frankham opened the show with his usual ‘informed frankness’ . . . we have known him for ages now and his warm words touched many hearts. Supper later at the Dopson’s residence was also warm and cheery. Last weekend’s Mercury had well researched full page article on Barbara and her ‘midlands lepidoptera’ work penned by Stephanie Eslake. We both spent time with Warwick Oakman in Hobart, our house at Tunbridge and a super lunch up at the Interlaken Estate with Libby  and her guests. More work at Tunbridge with best buddies; Allan Cooper and Grattan Whitney. One trip to the Central Highlands to visit the Pine Lake and the 1000 year old pencil pines (-3 degrees that day). Here are the three larger wall sculptures all at the same scale:

Antique porcelain shards in textured bronze and wall hanging plate © Bh 2015 The Handmark web is here for viewing the entire show.

Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

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