SHAW & SHAW: Radical Localism

SHAW & SHAW: Radical Localism

Main Gallery

19 February 2021 – 3 April 2021 

The second in our legacy series, Shaw & Shaw pays homage and respect to the very personal and significant influence of one family. Former Craft Qld Board member, Elizabeth Shaw is now Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Head of the Jewellery and Small Objects department of Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.  Her father Jeff Shaw was a founding member of the Craft Council of Queensland; Liz grew up under the boardroom table and the watchful eye of her ceramicist father. Jeff’s influence extended far beyond his family, his efforts contributed towards the establishment of the Barambah Pottery, a ceramics studio based in the Aboriginal settlement of Cherbourg. As president of the board of Flying Arts, he set up their management committee and drew up their constitution. Head of the School of the Arts at Kelvin Grove, he also served on the Craft Board of the Australia Council.  His influence extends beyond his lifetime and will no doubt continue beyond today.  

Liz Shaw continues to foster local talent and to extend ethical and environmental concerns through discussions about the re-evaluation of cultural material priorities.  She exhibits, teaches, advocates and curates. Her network is global.  

This exhibition, showcasing the work of father and daughter brings to light their individual and collective talents, passions, and legacies. Concurrently, accentuating the history and significance of Qld crafts and design, across 50 years of Artisan. 

Opening: 19 February 2021 
Artists: Liz Shaw, Jeff Shaw 
Medium: Jewellery and Ceramics 

Nail Head Ring. Found nail, reused sterling silver, 2017. Photographer Michelle Bowden






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