Emeritus Professor Robert Baines explores Greek jewellery

27 January 2016

Regarded as having replicated the ‘true’ ancient Greek technique, Emeritus Professor and Australian Goldsmith Robert Baines is set to present a free lecture on Greek Jewellery at the Hellenic Museum next month.

The lecture is part of an ongoing program of events for the exhibition Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery.

“Greek jewellery of the High Classical era expresses wonder and splendour whereas contemporary authored Greek jewellery reveals a modern individual world,” explains Professor Baines.

“Ancient Greek fine jewellery is evidence of Magna Grecia, while the contemporary diaspora of Greek jewellers pursue lively individual artistic expressions.  

“The exhibition Unclasped is a celebration of contemporary jewellery making with modern Greek sensibilities.”

Unclasped brings together and examines the practices of twenty-two artists of Greek descent currently working in Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Cyprus and Australia. The exhibition aims to provide a platform for contemporary thought in order to highlight the work of both established and emerging international Greek artists.

Unclasped is part of the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series 2016. The free exhibition opens on Saturday 6 March and will run until Sunday 3 April, in the Vault Gallery, Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne.

Program of events:

Artist floor talk: Danae Natsis
Friday 5 February, 1pm – ​free

Guest lecture: Greek Jewellery: The Old and the New by Emeritus Professor Robert Baines
Friday 12 February, 1pm – free

Artist floor talk: Dr Nicole Polentas
Friday 26 February, 1pm – ​free

Kids workshop and design: Contemporary Jewellery Making and Design
Saturday 5 March, 1pm – $20
Suitable for children 6+

Artist floor talk: Vicky Kanellopoulos
Friday 11 March, 1pm – ​free

Emeritus Professor Robert Baines.