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What's On:

Eucalyptusdom

11 October 2021 – 28 August 2022

400 objects that reckon with our cultural history and ever-changing relationships with the gum tree. Powerhouse Ultimo, 11 October 2021 – 28 August 2022.

Clay Dynasty

11 October 2021 – 29 January 2023

Major exhibition to chart the diversity of studio ceramics in Australia - a collaboration with Aileen Sage Architects, AX Interactive, supported by Brickworks.
Closed exhibition

A Fine Possession

Finished 22 May 2016
Powerhouse Museum

Jewellery has been made and worn for personal, social and cultural reasons through millennia. Styles, materials and practices have varied across time and place, yet the desire to adorn ourselves has been universal.

Jewellery can influence the way people perceive us, make us more attractive, mark special events or symbolise wealth and status. We make, wear, give, receive, collect and express our identity, individuality and creativity through jewellery. It contributes to our spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being.

A Fine Possession: jewellery and identity celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day, through a sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia.

As of Friday 16 January, the Wattle Spray brooch, presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Australian government during her 1954 Commonwealth tour, has returned to Australia as part of this exhibition. This exquisite and rare brooch, created especially for The Queen is crafted from platinum and diamonds, and depicts the national flower of Australia and the blossom of the tea tree.

The brooch will remain on display at the Powerhouse Museum for three months only, joining over 700 other rarely seen treasures in this exhibition.

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Interviews – A Fine Possession: jewellery and identity

Interviews produced for A Fine Possession: jewellery and identity. In this series our subjects discuss their passion for creating and/or collecting jewellery.

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Learning Resources

A fine possession: jewellery & identity offers students a unique opportunity to study over 700 objects in their critical historical studies for Visual Arts and Design (Stages 4-6). Students will build their knowledge of the world and concepts of identity as expressed in this sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia.

Jewellery can influence the way people perceive us, make us more attractive, mark special events or symbolise wealth and status. We make, wear, give, receive, collect and express our identity, individuality and creativity through jewellery. It contributes to our spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being.

On display are many styles, materials and practices ranging from antiquity to the present-day.

The exhibition is divided into 9 sections:

  • Belief & Magic
  • Love & Death
  • Nature & Culture
  • Style & Revival
  • Gold & Identity
  • Status & Wealth
  • Men & Adornment
  • Modernity & Change
  • Evolution & Revolution

Teachers Notes are available by request education@phm.gov.au

Detailed HSC Visual Arts Teachers Notes will be available in 2015.

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