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April already! We had a lot of fun with our Glorious Food exhibition for ArtMonth in March.

Bridget’s Lipoma Lemon (miracle-gro) brooch provided delicious inspiration for a lemon tart dessert created by Luke Mangan for the Visual Feasts dinner, a collaboration between the 2 Danks St galleries and the renowned chef.

Bridget Kennedy, Lipoma Lemon (miracle-gro) brooch

Bridget Kennedy, Lipoma Lemon (miracle-gro) brooch, 2012

Luke Mangan's delicious lemon tart

Luke Mangan’s delicious lemon tart for Visual Feasts









Continuing her long interest in food related art, during ArtMonth Bridget exhibited new works of electroformed and gold plated food, Eat Me!, as well as her fabulous oversized rice neckpiece  food for thought: Cultured (bleached).  Her asparagus pendants were a great favourite and drew much attention.

A special thank you to Mel Young and all who attended her ArtMonth talk.  We love Mel’s colourful works and are always amazed by the diversity of her quirky pieces. Her Apricot Delight neckpiece drew our favourite comment of the month “They’re like fuzzy little bottoms!”

Mel Young's ArtMonth talk (with Bridget Kennedy's Eat Me! series on the wall)

Mel Young with admirer (with Bridget Kennedy’s Eat Me! series and food for thought neckpiece on the wall)


Melinda Young, Apricot Delight Neckpiece (the fuzzy little bottoms)

Melinda Young, Apricot Delight Neckpiece (the fuzzy little bottoms)


Vernon Bowden

Object #04, Fetish, 2013, Elysian Creations Maltese cross Swarovski crystal necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #02, Fetish, 2013, Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski crystal necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #03, Fetish, 2013, Nina Ricci bridal rhinestone necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #01, Fetish, 2013, Bridget’s pearl necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #05, Fetish, 2013, Pandora choker necklace, spray-paint, gallery


Emma Fielden

Untitled, Neckpiece, 2013, Tracing paper, human hair. 150mm length

Bridget Kennedy 2

In memory of bees, 18ct gold, beeswax
Claire 1

Neckpiece I (Gilty), 18 ct yellow gold, chocolate, gold leaf
Neckpiece II (Gilty), 18 ct yellow gold, chocolate, gold leaf

Emma Fielden

Untitled, Neckpiece, 2013, Tracing paper, human hair. 150mm length
Untitled, Neckpiece, 2006, Eggshell, silk. 150mm length

mel young

I can still imagine myself wrapped in the smoky shroud of you.
Neckpiece, Sal Wood, 24ct Gold, Glitter, String
After you had bathed, I drank in the smell of your skin – it clung to my clothes, a clean embrace.
Neckpiece, Pears Soap, 24ct Gold leaf, String
The sweet caress of your perfume lingered, long after you had left…
Neckpiece, Frankincense, 24ct Gold, String

mel young 1

Untitled (a material play I) Neckpiece, Frankincense, Amber, 24ct Gold, String
Untitled (a material play III) Neckpiece, Amber, Pears Soap, 24ct Gold, String
Untitled (a material play II) Neckpiece, Pears Soap, Amber, 24ct Gold, String

melanie Ihnen

Cameo appearance (pendant), unfired porcelain, silk thread

melanie Ihnen 1

Cameo appearance (neckpiece), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold
Cameo appearance (brooch), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold
Cameo appearance (brooch), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold

room shots

Room shot

Zoe Brand

pantograph engraved, sticky backed trophy plaques
Series includes one of each:


Room text

An open invitation to the ‘gentleman’ who was responsible for the unleashed dog that ran through my artwork on exhibit at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability as part of the North Sydney Art Prize and then insulted me by giving me $10 towards the costs of damages.

When I received the news that I had been selected for the North Sydney Art Prize I was ecstatic. As an artist, we invest heavily in our time and own financial resources to create work for both ourselves and the wider general public, to hopefully extend the experience of their world, create beauty, get people thinking and to create a sense of something beyond the economic rationalist view point that seems to have somehow dominated our society.

I was even more excited to find out that I had received the Encouragement Award. All too often an artist life is an uphill battle.

Unfortunately my experience during the first  two days that the exhibition has been open to the general public has left me far from encouraged.  This is the third installation of this artwork but it is the first time I have observed it being treated with such an incredible lack of mindfulness and respect.

While the installation is slightly problematic in that it is a floor piece and there are a number of works in the room, it is not so problematic that anyone knowingly walking into a space to view artworks as part of the North Sydney Art Prize would not be able to navigate the space in a respectful and mindful way.

While minding the space as a volunteer (of course, artists are not expected to get paid for their time) I have seen adults walk over the work, damaging elements with no acknowledgement of their action or apology. This has also applied to the parents of the numerous children who have run, walked or fallen onto the piece.  Parents please hold on to your children’s hands if they are not familiar with appreciating art.

The last straw for me was Sunday when a gentleman allowed a dog, unleashed and in his care to run frantically across the work, scattering the elements widely and destroying many. I took yet another deep breath and remained calm, as accidents happen. People are careless without even realising it. It is an offence to have a dog unleashed in a public space.  North Sydney Council officers, where were you to offer him his on the spot fine?

I invited the ‘gentleman’  to help me repair the damage that his dog had created (actually not his, he was minding it for his daughter, and agreed that it was out of control…”so why not leash the beast I thought to myself”). He seemed a man educated in the arts, discussed the similarities that he thought my work had with a work displayed in the new Kaldor Wing at the AGNSW……I  made light conversation while taking deep breaths to remain calm…in an attempt to keep him from ‘feeling bad’ about the damage that had been done to my artwork……and then, when it was ‘fixed’ to a level that seemed suitable, he offered, hastily, a $10 note towards the damage that had occurred and quickly disappeared.

I was stunned. Still in a state of shock from what had happened, I took the note but felt deeply insulted.

My work takes a minimum of 18 man hours to install. The elements were made over an intense period of 21 consecutive days working 15-17 hours each day. There are 10,000 elements in the piece.  I realise that the Visual Arts is increasingly undervalued and continues to be de-funded but the disregard shown by that $10 left me speechless. If not for the tireless commitment, and financial investment of the participating artists to their practice, the works in this exhibition would not exist for the public to enjoy.

So I invite the ‘gentleman’ to the opportunity of a lifetime, to experience what it is like to be an artist. To, in effect, recreate the commitment and effort it took to create my artwork that was then made available for him and others to enjoy; so that he can be educated in the life of an artist. He will have the opportunity to create his own artwork, learn new skills, experience dedication, persistence and focus.

I offer to take the time out of my life, to make him a commitment over all my other commitments (as a mother, wife, business partner, gallery director, student and artist), to make his experience my primary motivation, to take him on a journey that will open his heart and his mind to the joy (and heartache) of creativity and to the focus required to create an artwork like this.  All he needs to do is commit, as I did, to 17 hour days for 21 consecutive days. I will even provide him with a gallery exhibition space to exhibit the resulting work in where he can celebrate his creation with friends, family and colleagues.

I will also commit to giving him $10 to compensate for his efforts in the event that his work is damaged by persons showing a lack of respect for his creation.

Call me.

Signed Bridget Kennedy.

damage after dog

Bridget is a contemporary jewellery artist and a director of Studio 20/17 ( Her works are respectfully exhibited within the galleries at 2 Danks Street in Waterloo ( and elsewhere.  Her floor installation “just help yourself why don’tcha” is on exhibition at the Coal Loader as part of the North Sydney Art Prize until Monday 5th August 2013.


fragile days fragile ways - the long hot summer

Just thought I’d put up an image of some exhibition work I completed recently….made from 925 silver and cicada shell legs. It’s amazing how strong these fragile elements become when massed together. I’ll be making some more wearable versions in earrings and pendants for our Christmas showcase which we’ll be installing this coming Monday…..better get back to the bench! – bk

The exhibition is up!

New work by :-

Karin Jacobsson, Karin Findeis, Helena Bogucki, KarenThompson, Joung-mee Do, Daehoon Kang, MelindaYoung,  Lauren Simeoni, Phoebe Porter, Raewyn Walsh, Kristin D’agostino, Djurdica Kesic, Melissa Cameron, Elfrun Lach,  Leslie Matthews,  Bridget Kennedy,  Diane Appleby, Farah Bandookwala and Saori Kita. – bk.

A selection of images

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It was a fantastic turnout and Melanie and I were kept very busy on the night. The show looks great and we’re always so excited to see the wonderful work being created by the many talented makers we showcase. – bk.

Earlier in the year I was fortunate to participate in an Artist Residency at Bundanon The landscape there is sublime and the weather was cool and crisp. Here ‘s a few images of work in progress from the series – petroleum polymer series 1 (moss)……to be exhibited in 2011 in an exhibition titled Jewels from a distant future (past). – bk

cultured (bleached)

food for thought: cultured (bleached) - Bridget Kennedy 2009

One of the pieces in our current exhibition. From a series I’m working on titled ‘food for thought’.  We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Alot of our energy was spent last year setting up the space and getting our head around all the admin bits and pieces that are required for running a gallery/studio. This year we’ll be stocking work by some fantastic contemporary jewellery artists and focusing on bringing lots of exciting new work into the gallery. Here’s to a great 2009!

The studio is currently on Holidays but Bridget and I are have returned and are preparing for the 2 Danks st opening on the 21st January. 2 Danks st opens with Sculpture 2009.

All  galleries will be exhibiting sculpture.  Along with works from 8 of the other galleries, Studio 20/17 will be exhibiting work by Mark McClelland in the Aboriginal & Pacific Art Gallery.

Studio 20/17  will showcase work by Bridget and myself.  The show is called (referencing the space) and will run from 21st Jan – 7th Feb.

Mel and I are getting organised for our Christmas showcase month…So, we are calling for expressions of interest from practitioners.  Due date is 12th September 2008 and selected artists will be informed by 16th September. Please send us an email and we can forward more details.

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