Human have long adorned themselves with jewellery to suit the needs of the time, the community, and the individual even before written record. During this long history, jewellery has come to represent specific meaning, function, and to be associated with certain values.
Contemporary Jewellery artists take this dialog a step forward. They often use jewellery as the medium for discussing issue that they care about, or use traditional values associated with jewellery for articulating their personal views and opinions.
“Why Jewellery? 2＂exhibition (2017) is the continuation of “Why Jewellery?” Exhibition in 2015. Participants of this exhibition are students, graduates and teachers from the Hong Kong Baptist University and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. Exhibitors are asked to respond to the question “Why Jewellery?”, meaning “why do you make it? Why is it the focus of your practice?” They strive to create jewellery pieces from topics that are dear to their hearts. Through the interaction of works from two different cultures, we hope to illustrate the possibilities of contemporary jewellery, and its versatility of in discussing contemporary issues.