Robert Baines: Metal

The Next Living Treasure

Robert Baines is one of Australia’s most influential and prominent jewellers. His exceptional craft skills and extraordinary body of work are being honoured at Object Gallery as the sixth ‘Living Treasure’ in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series.

Art Exhibition previously on at Object Gallery (Closed - see Australian Design Centre) in Australia.
From Saturday 23 October 2010 to Sunday 16 January 2011

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Published by anonymous on Sunday 02 May 2010.
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The Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series celebrates the achievements of Australia’s iconic and influential crafts practitioners and makes prominent the work of these Australian artists whose exemplary craft skills have been recognised by their peers. Each year, the Living Treasures series features the selected artist through a solo exhibition of new work, a stunning full-colour monograph publication that records the artist’s career, a public talk and a national tour of the exhibition. The series acknowledges their wealth and dynamism that has contributed to the Australian studio crafts movement.

The Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft program was launched as an initiative of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design. The exhibition series began in 2005 with Les Blakeborough: Ceramics, continued in 2006 with Klaus Moje: Glass, with Marian Hosking: Jewellery in 2007, Liz Williamson: Textiles in 2008, Jeff Mincham: Ceramics in 2009, and Robert Baines: Metal in 2010.

This nationally recognised program significantly expands the knowledge base about Australian craft and design practice and its contribution to Australian cultural life. The Living Treasures series supports key areas of focus by the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) network including sector development, education and artist sustainability. It also supports the private and public gallery sectors and the collector market.

The Living Treasures artists are selected by an independent seven juror panel made up of nationally respected experts in the fields of craft and design.

2008 – 2010 Living Treasures jurors: Professor Ted Snell AM, Chair of the Visual arts board and Director the Cultural Precinct for the University of Western Australia; Margot Osborne, independent curator and writer, SA; Catrina Vignando, General Manager, Craft Australia, ACT; Grace Cochrane, independent curator and writer, former Senior Curator, Australian Decorative Arts and design, Powerhouse Museum, NSW; Chetana Andary, Executive Director, Craft Queensland, QLD; Brian Parkes, former Associate Director, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design; Kevin Murray, former Director, Craft Victoria, VIC.

Monograph also Available

Published to accompany Robert Baines: Metal, the sixth exhibition in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, Object has released a magnificent 120 page monograph paying tribute to one of Australia’s most prominent and influential jewellers.

Internationally respected as a goldsmith who creates jewellery and large, complex wire works; Baines often combines precious metals gold and silver with plastic and powder coated elements, frequently referencing archaeology and the abstract.

Generously illustrated, the book features a comprehensive account of Baines’ work and career by accomplished authors and academics Dr Sophia Errey, Dr Judith O’Callaghan and Dr Rudiger Joppien.

This elegant publication is the sixth produced in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, which includes Les Blakeborough: Ceramics, Klaus Moje: Glass, Marion Hosking: Jewellery, Liz Williamson: Textiles and Jeff Mincham: Ceramics.

Available at Object Gallery, online at and at bookshops around Australia for $49.95 RRP