‘Medalling’ is the quest, a parallel sporting and creative endeavour, combining raw talent, aspiration, skill, knowledge and perseverance in preparation and presentation.
A medallist is a designer of medals. A Commonwealth Games medallist is on a quest for a medal of gold, silver or bronze. The Games is also an arena for cultural exchange and the honouring of shared values and a history.
Eight designers have explored diverse cultural, historical and social messages in their commissioned artworks. The role of medals, ribbons, wreaths and trophies in awarding merit and victory; materials and symbols as signifiers of hierarchy in achievement and the rich mix of the Games participants’ cultural allegiances were the starting points for the artworks.
The artists are:
- Ian Bonde
- Pearl Gillies
- Stephen Gallagher
- Vicky Mason
- Anne Neil
- Belinda Newick
- Ilke White
- Shine Myung-Ok Shin
The exhibition is part of Festival Melbourne 2006, the cultural festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Festival Melbourne 2006 celebrates the breadth of culture and art from across the nations of the Commonwealth. The Festival is proudly funded and supported by the Victorian and Australian Governments.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.