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Do we need a gallery for Contemporary Jewellery?

At the ‘Driven to Adorn’ forum jeweller and gallery director Katherine Kalaf shared her journey as she sought to promote contemporary jewellers in Australia. Setting herself a challenge, Katherine opened the first dedicated gallery in Perth to showcase studio jewellers – in Cottesloe. Now closed since 2007, it has left a hole that has not yet been filled.

When Katherine entered the conversation at the forum, everyone wanted her to start another gallery!

Buying a retail space in Cottesloe was altogether a risk of a different proportion. The financial responsibility and emotional commitment were considerable. At times I had enormous self-doubt. My instincts have always pulled me to go that next step – to see what is there. Looking back with every new venture there was risk but without risk without going into the unknown, nothing changes in your own life and in society at large.

If you missed Katherine’s talk, she has generously shared the text with you here. 

The Driven to Adorn forum took place at the City of Joondalup on Sunday 24 March 2019.

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