Category: Exhibitions

Bloom & Blush – Opening

Bloom & Blush, our fabulous new exhibition, opened last Friday. It was a great night, with many friends and colleagues coming together to appreciate the truly amazing work of Kath Inglis and Peta Kruger. Come in before the 23rd March to see these beautiful pieces!


Bilk on Tour

This year Bilk has decided to showcase the best possible Australian glass and metal artists in the lead up to Christmas. We have a rotating exhibition of works from our Bilk on Tour Exhibition that travelled between Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year. Additionally, the exhibition Alchemy by Mark Vaarwerk remains showing; an ingenious use of domestic materials up-cycled into desirable jewellery, these beautiful works are a must-have.

Make the decision to support local designers and buy handmade this Christmas. Join us for ‘Sparkling Fridays’ in the lead up to Christmas – enjoying the luxury of shopping with a glass of sparkle in you hand. And if you find it too hard to choose, don’t worry: we do gift vouchers.

We will be closing on the afternoon of the 22nd of December at 5pm and reopening with an exciting new exhibition late January 2013.


Alchemy – Mark Vaarwerk (opening night)

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Alchemy – Mark Vaarwerk


Mark Vaarwerk is often referred to in jewellery circles as the ‘plastics man’. This seems appropriate as he as made a significant career as a contemporary jeweller playing alchemist with all forms of found plastics and more recently reclaimed polystyrene. Vaarwerk pushes the boundaries of his chosen materials and while not always immediately recognisable, it does not take long to associate a domestic familiarity within his works. His often brightly coloured rings, brooches, necklaces and earrings have a curious understatement about them, Vaarwerk offers simple but considered forms that allow you to quietly ponder the material transformation.

 His newest body of work, on display at Bilk Gallery from 23rd of November 2012, further explores his trademark techniques of shrinking polystyrene, as well as melting and dissolving plastics to achieve remarkable material metamorphosis. Vaarwerk colours his works with rust from cars and trailers, cigarette filters, car brake light covers and a myriad of other items salvaged from his suburban environment. However objectionable these materials may seem, Vaarwerk really is a modern day alchemist, transforming the undesirable into truly thought provoking  and ultimately treasured work.

BILK ON TOUR – Opening at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby NSW

Bilk On Tour – Sydney

Bilk On Tour, our travelling exhibition, is next touching down at The Incinerator in Sydney. As in Melbourne, it will be a marvellous exhibition, with some truly incredible work by some truly incredible artists:

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Opening – Once More, With Love

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Our current exhibition, Once More, With Love opened to a splendid reception last Friday, 26th October. It’s an absolutely fantastic exhibition – we highly recommend you spin by before it closes on the 16th November.


The next instalment of BILK ON TOUR at Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby in NSW – Workshop BILK: presents a group exhibition of contemporary jewellery, metal and glass exhibition dates: 31 Oct – 25 Nov – OPENING Saturday 3rd of November 3pm!

What Is It With Earrings? – Article in the Canberra Times

Have a read of this fabulous article in The Canberra Times from last Saturday, October 13th. All about our current exhibition What Is It With Earrings?, it’s most certainly worth a look (and a laugh!).

What Is It With Earrings will remain at Gallery bilk until the 24th October.