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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 February 2016
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ‘Unclasped’: Discovering contemporary Greek jewellery Curator of the Hellenic Museum’s exhibition Dr Nicole Polentas speaks to Neos Kosmos NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Twenty-two emerging and established artists of Greek descent are showcasing their work at the Hellenic Museum in an exhibition entitled ‘Unclasped’. Curator and jewellery designer Nicole Polentas brought together the creations of talented contemporary artists currently working in Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Cyprus and Australia. "This was an idea that has been floating in my head for quite some time now," Dr Polentas says. "Finishing my PhD meant that I could realise this project, which aims to provide a platform to explore the connections between the manufacture and the act of wearing jewellery." The works encompass a wide variety of contemporary jewellery-making techniques and mediums; expressing the diverse nature of modern jewellery practice within the Hellenic diaspora. Dr Polentas explained to Neos Kosmos that choosing the right artists has been a long, hard process which lasted four months, full-time. "We had to take into consideration each artist's style in order for the exhibition to be cohesive and for the objects to 'flow' together. "In the future I would like to progress in bringing even more artists from around the world." Nicole met most of the exhibiting artists and jewellers while studying and attending workshops in Athens. The rest she found through ongoing research and networking during her six years of research trips to Greece. "I think the main connector bringing 'Unclasped' together is our common connection and our radical approach. Being Greek and creating contemporary jewellery manifesting our identity, our place, our history. "Conceptually, however, I wanted to focus on the particular practices and different techniques each artist is engaging with, and the aspects they are exploring." The aesthetic outcome tends to be rather diverse stylistically, yet reflects the overall idea of contemporary jewellery Dr Polentas herself is practicing. "I am grateful this collaboration with the Hellenic Museum came to fruition." Exhibiting jewellers: Aggelika Diplari, Akis Goumas, Anastasia Kandaraki, Arte- Attending the exhibition: Maria Vamvakinou MP with daughter Stella. PHOTOS: EVELYN DARZANOS. Hellenic Museum CEO John Tatoulis, with ‘Unclasped’ curator Dr Nicole Polentas and her husband, exhibition designer Christopher Earl Milbourne. Pieces from the exhibition. mis Valsamaki, Christina Karakalpaki, Constantinos Kyriacou, Danae Natsis, Demitra Thomloudis, Dimitris Nikolaidis, Efharis Alepedis, Erato Kouloubi, George Giannoutsos, Ismini Pachi, Liana Pattihis, Mala Siamptani, Maria Tsimpiskaki, Nicole Polentas, Niki Stylianou, Poly Nikolopoulou, Vicky Kanellopoulos, Visitors read about the works while enjoying the exhibition ‘Unclasped’. Vivi Touloumidi and Zeta Tsermou. ‘Unclasped’ is being presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival's Cultural Program Project Series 2016. The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday and will continue until 3 April (from Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 am4.00 pm). ‘All Victorian young people deserve to be safe from harm’ Jenny Mikakos announces new oversight powers for Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People A step forward towards strengthening oversight of Victoria's child protection and youth justice system was taken on Tuesday, as the Andrews government introduced changes in legislation, including new powers to Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People. The new legislation is set to bind future governments to providing heightened levels of information to the commission, ensuring transparency and effectiveness, as it will require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide the commission with reports of serious incidents involving a child or young person in out-of-home care, detained in a youth justice facility or in a youth justice residential centre. "The Commission for Children and Young People provides crucial independent monitoring and advocacy for some of our most vulnerable young Victorians," said Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos in her announcement of the new legislation, which will help the commission achieve better results in its task of promoting the safety and wellbeing of children in Victoria, particularly those in out-ofhome care and the youth justice system. Among the incidents that will be better addressed through these changes are allegations of physical and sexual assault, illness and accidental injuries requiring hospitalisation, and serious behavioural issues that impact on client or others' safety. "All Victorian young people deserve to be safe from harm, no matter where they live," said the minister, explaining the government's decision. "When we came to government we saw more needed to be done. Strengthening the commission's oversight function through legislation will bind future governments to greater independent scrutiny." Furthermore, Jenny Mikakos described a new course of measures set out, as part of the government commitment to ensuring the safety of children, such as the imposition of new child safe standards to help organisations drive cultural change so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice for all organisations working with children. On top of that, a whole-of- government strategy will be devised to keep children safe from sexual exploitation, including initiatives in education, child protection, police and child and family welfare. For this purpose, the government announced that 148 new child protection workers will be recruited to strengthen supports for children at risk.
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