Nellie Peoples

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Nellie Peoples is an emerging artist currently working and living in Brisbane, Australia. She is a member of Bench, a collective workshop space for emerging contemporary jewellers. Her practice is in gold and silversmithing, in which she explores the constellation made between objects and people; and how the object itself plays into the connections of those who surround it by representing on-going narratives. Her designs and objects highlight and reflect the conservation of those connections that encircles the object; in other words, the beholder’s mark on it, whether that is through a physical mark, or the dialogue that encompasses the object is central to my making.


The aesthetical and theoretical underpinning of her practice is built upon her formal education in the varying, yet intersecting, fields. In her practice she brings together the threads of these each field, with the body at the centre of the experience. There is a constant examination of the making of precious objects and the potential connection that can evolve between an object and those who invest in it. The interaction between the beholder and the object is paramount, whether be as intimate as a ring or vessel to share a meal.


Recently she graduated from Bachelor of Design Arts with First Class Honours at the Australian National University (ANU), School of Art (2013). Whilst undertaking a graduate residency at the ANU’s Gold and Silversmithing Workshop, she completed a graduate certificate in Visual Anthropology at ANU (2014). in 2015 she was awarded an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and recently was a finalist along with her collaboration partner, Sam Tomkins, in the Vogue Living Alessi Design Prize, in the category of emerging designer.

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