Location: Gold and Silversmithing Workshop
Phone: +61 (2) 6125 5834
Simon Cottrell has regularly exhibited his jewellery and objects both locally and internationally since 1996 after completing a BA of Fine Arts and Honours in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University. He has since taught at both RMIT and Monash University. Using predominantly monel, all of Cottrell’s works are deliberately monotone in colour and surface, while the highly decisive forms are peculiarly resonant in the diversity of the dynamics between shape, structure and detail.
Simon Cottrell has regularly exhibited his jewellery and objects both locally and internationally since 1997 after completing a BA of Fine Arts and Honours in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University in Melbourne. In 2010 he completed of a Masters of Arts Research also at RMIT.
He has taught at RMIT and Monash University in Melbourne since 2002, and has been invited as a guest lecturer to many art schools and events across Australia and the USA and in New Zealand, Singapore, and the Netherlands.
For many years he has had an interest in the nature and theory of creative practice, in particular the inter-relationships between cognitively set aims and intuitive progression. Such insights are used as a means to devise forms that are both ‘of’ and ‘about’ the underlying pre-thought processes of creative action.
Using predominantly monel, a very hard nickel alloy, all of Cottrell’s works are deliberately monotone in colour and surface, while the highly decisive forms are peculiarly resonant in the diversity of the dynamics between shape, structure and detail.
2015 'Timbre' Sienna Contemporary, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
2013 ‘Surface Depths’ Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2012 ‘Zeit Schmuck: Simon Cottrell’ Gallery Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany.
2011 ‘Output to Paths’ Solo Exhibition, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia.
2005 ‘Some…progress 05’ Objectspace Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2003 ‘SOUND’ Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
2016, Mar ‘INTER-CHANGE; Australian Jewellery’ Atta Gallery Bangkok, Thailand. Curated by Bilk Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
2016, Feb ‘SCHMUCK 2016’ Survey exhibition and competition, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.
2016, Jan FOG Design+Art Fair, Fort Mason Centre Festival Pavillion, San Francisco, USA (with Sienna Comtemporary).
2015, Nov, ‘Von Hier und Dort, Wo Alles Anfängt’ Curated by Daniel Kruger, Castle Gallery, Volkspark, Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, Halle, Germany.
2015, Oct, ‘Crafting Connections’ curated by Rohan Nicol, Bejing Design Week, Beijing, China.
2015, Sep, ‘Funaki 20th Anniversary’ Curated by Katie Scott, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia.
2015, Sep, ‘Re-Cover’ Curated by Leo Cabalero, Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2015, Mar ‘SCHMUCK 2015’ Survey exhibition and competition, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.
2014,Sep, ‘Bodyworks Australian Jewellery 1970-2012’ curated by Robert Bell, Craft ACT, Canberra, Australia.
2014, Nov- ‘Unearthing Jewellery’ Centrepoint Building, Canberra Design Festival, Canberra, Australia.
2014, Oct- ‘The Future of Now: International Design Exhibition’ Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing , China.
2014,Sept ‘A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity’ Curated by Eva Czernis-Ryl, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
2014, July- ‘Bro-och’ Bilk Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
2014, May- ‘The Other Side’ Curated by Felix Flury, Gallery So, London,UK.
2013, Dec- ‘Pensierei Preziosa’ Comune di Padova Settore Attività Culturali, Padua, Italy.
2013, Nov- ‘Pushing Boundaries, Chasing Challenges’ Beijing World Art Museum, China.
2013, Oct- ‘Beyond Precious…Beyond the Oceans’ Curated by Dianna Morgan and Helene Aziza, Galerie Paul Fort, Paris, France
2013, May- ‘Breathe Into’ Courtesy of the Artist Gallery, Sydney; Jamfactory Craft & Design Centre Adelaide, Australia.
2013, May- ‘PinBall Brooch Show’ Toronto International Jewellery Festival - Toronto, Canada.
2013, May- ‘Dialogue’, Alongside Society of North American goldsmiths conference, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Canada,
2013, Mar- ‘Dialogue’, Galerie Noel Guyumarch, Quebec , Canada.
2013, Nov- 'SOFA 2013’ Art fair , Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2012, Sept- ‘Bijou Contemporain:Collection de la Ville’ ESapce SOLIDOR, Cagnes-sur-Mer France.
2012, Sept- ‘Bilk on Tour’ Touring Incinerator Arts Complex, Moonee Ponds, Australia
2012, Aug- ‘RMIT Gold and Silversmithing Post Graduate Alumni Award’ RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2012, Aug- ‘Re-Design-ed’ School of Art Gallery, ANU, Canberra
2012, Aug- ‘Once more, with Love’ Studio 20/17, Waterloo Sydney
2012, June- ‘The Year Was 2006’ Studio 20/17, Sydney Australia.
2012, Mar- ‘Unexpected Pleasures’ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia.
2012, Mar- ‘Silver 1987-2012’ 25 Anniversary of the Wangaratta Regional Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Australia.
2011, Sept- ‘Melbourne Boys; Nick Bastin, Simon Cottrell, Mark Edgoose, David Neale’ Gallery Bilk, Canberra, Australia.
2011, June- The Friedrick Becker Prize, Goethe Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
2011, Aug- National Contemporary Jewellery Award Exhibition Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, Australia.
2011, Nov- SOFA 2010 Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2010, March- ‘By Example’ Museum of Art/Craft Itami, Japan.
2010, March- ‘Schmuck 2010’ Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.
2010, Feb- ‘Treasure Room Australia’ Galerie Handwerk, Munich Germany.
2009, July- ‘Four Jewellers, Baines/Bastin/Cottrell/Haydon’ Espace Solidor Cagnes Sur Mer, France.
2009, Feb- ‘Melbourne Hollow-ware’ Galerie Marzee, Nijmegan, Netherlands.
2008, Nov- ‘SOFA Chicago’ Navy Pier Chiagao USA. USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2008, Sept- ‘International Art and Design Fair' Park Avenue Armory NYC, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2008, Jun- ‘Beyond Metal- Contemporary Australian Metal’ RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Australia.
2008, May- ‘SOFA 2008’ New York, USA. USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2008, Feb- ‘Schmuck 2008’ Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.
also toured Birmingham City University Gallery; Miejska Galeria Sztuki, Lodz, Poland.
2008, Jan- ‘The McMillan Collection; Selected acquisitions 1961-2007’ Project Space, RMIT, Australia.
2008, Jan- ‘The Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Memorial Collection’ Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
2008, Jan- ‘Refined Abundance; International Art Jewellery Award’ Steven F Austin Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
2007, Nov- SOFA 2007’ Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2007, June- ‘SOFA 2007’ New York, USA. (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2007, Feb to Nov- ‘Beyond Metal- Contemporary Australian Metal’ Touring Bangalore New Delhi, Mumbai, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore.
2006, Nov- ‘Siemens Fine Art Scholarship Exhibition’ RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2006, Oct- ‘Connect’ Inaugural Gallery Funaki International Contemporary Jewellery Prize
2006, Aug- ‘City of Hobart Art Prize’, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia
2006, July- ‘Its Got Legs’ Postgraduate exhibition RMIT Gold and Silversmithing, School of Art Faculty Gallery
2006, June- ‘Colin and Cicely Rigg Contemporary Design Award 06’ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2005, Oct- ‘SOFA 2005’ Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2005, Sept- ‘Space, Place and Poximity’ Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
2005, June- ‘SOFA 05’ New York, USA. (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2005, May- ‘10-2005’ Tenth anniversary exhibition, Galley Funaki, Melbourne.
2005, Mar- ‘Ninth Biennial Ernest Leviny Commemorative Silver Exhibition’ Castlemaine State Festival, Buda Historic Homestead, Castelmaine, Australia. Touring Hamilton Art Gallery, Ballarat Gold Museum, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.
2004, Oct- ‘SOFA 2004’ Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2004, Sept- ‘International Art And Design Fair’ New York, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2004, Sept- ‘National Contemporary Jewellery Prize’, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith Australia
2004, July- ‘International Jewellery’ Gallery Suba, Seoul, Korea
2004, May- ‘Kunst RAI’ Arts Amsterdam, Rai Exhibition Centre (with Galerie Louise Smit)
2004,April- ‘Metal Design 04’ International Design Centre, Nagoya, Japan
2004, Feb- ‘COLLECT’ contempory craft fair, Victora & Albert Museum, London UK (with Galerie Louise Smit)
2004, Jan- ‘Design Down Under’ South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset USA.
2003, Oct- ‘SOFA Chicago’ USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2003, July- ‘Melbourne International Mokume Gane Symposium & Exhibition’, Project Space, Melbourne Aust.
2003, June- ‘SEXTET’ The Church Gallery, Perth, Aust.
2003, May- ‘Metal element Six’ Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
2003, April- ‘Metal of Six Countries’ International Design Centre, Nagoya, Japan
2002, Nov- ‘RINGS’ , Gallery Funaki Melbourne
2002, June- ‘Less is More / Less is a Bore’ Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2002, Oct- ‘Sofa 2002’ Chicago USA
2002, Aug- ‘International Art+Design Fair’ New York, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2001, Oct- ‘SOFA 2001’ Chicago, USA (presented by Charon Kransen Arts)
2001, Sept- ‘International Contemporary Jewelery’ 20th Century Arts Fair, New York, USA
2001, 2003 ‘Foundations of Gold’ Asialink project, touring Melboure, Osaka, Seoul, Manila, Singapore and Mumbai
2001, March- ‘Schmuck’2001 Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
2000, May- ‘Emerging’ Seven contemporary Jewelers, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne
2000, March- ‘TALENTE’ International young craft practitioners award exhibition. Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
1999, Dec- ‘TRACE’ Exhibition of Melbourne Contemporary Jewellers. Curator Carlier Makigawa. Gallery Yu, Tokyo & Museum of Art/Craft, Itami, Japan
1999, Nov- ‘THE WORKS’ JMGA ,VIC. annual Members exhibition. Victorian Artists Society. Melbourne
1999, Sept- ‘Contemporary Wearables 99’ eleven venues in Australia organized by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
1999, April- ‘Sixth Biennial Ernest Leviny Commemorative Silver Exhibition’ Castlemaine State Festival, Buda Historic Homestead, Castelmaine, Australia
1998, Sept- ‘18 National Craft Acquisition Award,’ Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Teritory, Darwin.
1998, June- ‘Grain’, Honors and Masters Gold+Silversmithing, First Site Gallery, Melbourne
1998, May- ‘24th Alice Craft Acquisition’ The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1997, Dec- ‘Mornington Peninsula Craft Event’ Mornington Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria
1997, Dec- ‘City of Hobart Art Prize’, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia
1997, Dec- ‘Graduate Metal’, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.
1996, Dec- ‘OR(e)’ graduate exhibition, Gold and Silversmithing, Reserve Bank, Melbourne, Australia
1996, Nov- ‘Fifth Biennial Ernest Leviny Commemorative Silver Exhibition’ Castlemaine State Festival
Buda Historic Homestead, Castelmaine, Australia
1996, June- ‘Toy, To Toy’ Customs House, Melbourne, Australia
1996, May- ‘BOX’ satellite exhibition, Part of the Next Wave festival, RMIT Melbourne, Australia
2016 Jan Awarded Indiana University and Australian National University Research Exchange, Bloomington, Indiana USA
2012, Aug Invited Guest Speaker ’ Practice as a Site of Enquiry III”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
2011,May Guest Lecturer, Jewellery + Object Studios, Sydney College of the Arts.
2010, Aug Seminar Speaker “Practice as a Site of Enquirey” organised by the School of Fine Art RMIT.
2009, Sept Invited Visiting Artist Lecture, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2009, Feb Atelier Ted Noten Artist Residency, Redlight Design, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2009, Jan Guest Lecturer at South Carolina University Fine Arts, Greenville, USA ; Massachusetts College of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
2008, Dec Guest Lecturer at State University of New York, New Paltz, USA ;
2008, Nov Guest lecturer Rhode Island School of Art and Design Providence USA; Indiana University, Bloomington USA ; Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
2008, Nov Invited international guest speaker SOFA Chicago Lecture Series.
2008, Nov-Jan Artist Residency, Point B, Brooklyn, New York
2005, Sept, Guest Lecturer Auckland University, Manakau School of Visual Arts, New Zealand
2005, Aug Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) Annual public lecture.
2004, Dec Australia Council commission for design/making of the "2004 Emeritus Medal and Award"
2004-2007 Sessional Lecturer in Fine Arts/Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT University Melb. Australia
2003, July Guest Lecturer LaSalle school of Fine Arts, Singapore
2002, May Selected for Asialink cross-cultural collaborative project.
2002 - 2011 Sessional lecturer in Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Metal, Monash University, Caulfield Melb.
2005 - 2010 Masters of Arts Research, Fine Arts. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
1996 - 97 Honours, Fine Arts. RMIT University Melbourne, Australia
1994 - 96 BA, Fine Arts major- Gold and Silversmithing. RMIT Melbourne
'Intuitive Flow of Determinate Form: The Jewelry of Simon Cottrell' by Marjorie Simon, Metalsmith magazine October 2013.
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‘Dreaming Jewellery’ Monsa Design Publications, Barcelona, Spain. 2010.
‘Schmuck 2010’ International survey exhibition catalogue, International Handwerskmesse, Munich Germany 2010.
‘By Example’ Published by Museum Art/Craft Itami, Japan & Sydney College of the Arts, Australia, 2010.
‘Treasure Room Australia’ Australian Scholarly Publshing, Melbourne Australia, 2010
Macmillan Collection, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
E’space Solidor, City of Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France.
National Contemporary Jewellery Collection, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Australia.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Pinakothek Der Moderne, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany.
Private Collections in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand