18 July 2023

Melbourne Now: Tessa Blazey

We are so incredibly proud to see the works of Tessa Blazey included in Melbourne Now at the NGV Australia.

Melbourne Now is an incredible exhibition to explore this winter, showcasing the latest art, architecture, design, and cultural practice shaping Melbourne.

Featuring more than 200 contemporary projects displayed across all three levels of the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, you'll witness the most current fashion and jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics, video, performance, printmaking and publishing.

We were so excited to learn of Tessa Blazey's selection earlier this year, amongst a very select group of contemporary jewellers. Tessa is showing three rings, two of which were specifically created for her Siren Songs exhibition which we hosted in our Russell Place gallery in 2021. Scroll down to see these iconic, sculptural pieces in more detail.

As Simone LeAmon explains of the 'Jewellery Now' component of the exhibition; 

"Foregrounding the skill and conceptual prowess of the artists and designers in Jewellery Now, the works on display highlight how different materials and forms in jewellery can act as markers of cultural identity and belonging to place. The works reveal embedded histories and the present-day realities of people, places and materials, allowing us to better understand the implications of jewellery design in Melbourne."

Make sure you visit Melbourne Now before it closes on August 20th. Entry is free!

Tessa Blazey at the opening night of the exhibition, image courtesy of the artist.


The Eleanor Zissou ring, originally crafted for the Siren Songs exhibition at Pieces of Eight Gallery

The Maddison ring, also created for Tessa's group exhibition with us in 2021, titled Siren Songs.

The trio of works on display, image courtesy of the NGV.
Except where marked, all images are installation views of the exhibition or Tessa Blazey’s work on display as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023.
Images by Tom Ross