Paris Exhibition


On the occasion of Circuits Bijoux, over four hundred artists and designers are contributing to a unique celebration of Contemporary Jewellery in Paris, from September 2013 to March 2014.

Presented by Ateliers d'Art de France in partnership with Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the "Un Bijou à l'Autre" association, Circuits Bijoux is presenting some eighty exhibitions and conducting conferences and encounters aimed at highlighting the great diversity of today's jewellery scene.

Three exhibitions will appear at “la Maison-galerie 19PaulFort” on the theme of “preciousness”

1st exhibition: Tuesday 24th of September to 20th of October 2013
“Beyond Precious…Beyond the Oceans. Contemporary jewellery from Australia and New-Zealand”

Works by 27 Australian and New-Zealand artists will be presented

Jeweller guests:
Australian artists : Helen AITKEN-KUHNEN, Robert BAINES, Julie BLYFIELD, Helen BRITTON, Pierre CAVALAN, Simon COTTRELL, Bin DIXON-WARD, Stephen GALLAGHER, Marian HOSKING, Linda HUGHES, Kath INGLIS, Johannes KUHNEN, Carlier MAKIGAWA, Sally MARSLAND, Sean O’CONNELL, Kate ROHDE, Lousje SKALA, Blanche TILDEN, Margaret WEST, Katherine WHEELER
New Zealand artists:

Margaret West is represented in this exhibition by five brooches. 



Group Exhibition

Margaret West is participating in RED TO WEAR : an exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery to be held at Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, from July 24 - August 17, 2013.

Click here for further information on Gallery web-site.


New Poetry Volume


Leaf and Stone

Leaf and Stone was launched at the Sydney Writers' Festival on Monday 14 May, 2012. The launch and poetry reading was hosted by Susan Hayes, Director, Literature Board at Australia Council for the Arts.

For over fifty years Margaret West’s poetry has developed in tandem with her acclaimed art practice, which is distinguished by its intellectual rigour, its innovative edge and its unique poetic sensibility.  Leaf and Stone, her new volume of poems and drawings, contains a distillation of the thinking and writing of a mature artist at the height of her powers.

"I am momentarily absorbed – I almost said 'enraptured' – by 'Remarks on Yellow', and am confident that the same, slow-opening pleasure awaits me with almost every other piece in this collection when I read it, as I will, for the third and fourth time. Her sense of the tangibility of language is almost Rilkean. I'm reminded, considering these poems' web-like delicacy, their humour-with-a-steely underlay, that the spider's thread – so fragile! – is one of the strongest substances in the natural world, and that properly strung – and West strings it properly – it can capture moonlight, heartbreak, stars." David Brooks

"Meditative, subtle, imagistically precise, this beautiful collection offers an exquisite encounter with the natural world and seeks within it recompense and analogies to our existential woundedness. There is an enormous integrity here, a lovely restraint and poise, and a deep conviction that the elegiac exists alongside praise-song. Leaf and Stone is a volume to cherish..." Gail Jones

Published by Brandl & Schlesinger, 2012



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Group Exhibition

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories

Margaret West is currently participating in the exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories, which is a travelling exhibition touring Regional Galleries and Museums throughout Australia from 2011 to 2014. In celebration of the centenary of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2011, it features 100 stories of great Australian women who have broken the barriers in arts, sciences, humanities and sports, and 100 brooches made in response to these stories by 100 of Australia’s most talented women jewelers.  

Details at and