The Sydney launch of “Gold and Silversmithing in Western Australia – A History“, by Dorothy Erickson to coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Cinderella Stories – Contemporary Jewellery from Western Australia, at Artsite Galleries Sunday 6th November 2011.
Dorothy Erickson’s book will be launched by former WA Premier, Professor Geoff Gallop AC, and the exhibition will be opened by Eva Czernis-Rhyl curator of Art and Design at the Powerhouse Museum.
Cinderella Stories derives from the colloquial name given to Western Australian during the discovery of gold in the 1880s – Cinderella of the South.
The exhibiting jewellers, who are featured in the contemporary section, are; Dorothy Erickson, Felicity Peters, Gillian Rainer, Brenda Ridgewell, Christel van der Laan and David Walker, each have had considerable success internationally, being collected by major art institutions in Europe, America and Asia.
The critic Ted Snell wrote in 2006:
Working away from the centres of Melbourne, Sydney, London and New York breeds self-reliance and resilience, characteristics that have resulted in a unique vision and a freshness of approach to problem solving… In tune with what is happening internationally and based locally, where fewer constraints makes everything seem possible, … a surprisingly large cohort of locally based practitioners have established themselves as significant figures in the international arena of contemporary jewellery…