The Australian National Brooch Show 2021 moves  from Fitzroy to Eltham Library  

the 13th year of the CAS Inc. Brooch Show, and the 2nd year at Eltham Library

5 August to 28 October at Eltham Library

  Review by Cressida Fox 

On 2 August, a small team of volunteers carefully packed up The Australian National Brooch Show 2021 at Fitzroy Library, and we said our goodbyes and thank-yous to the great team of Fitzroy Library staff. On Thursday 5 August, a larger team (but still relatively small due to COVID-19 restrictions) arrived at Eltham Library to set up the Brooch Show there. It is our second time at this beautiful library. It was great to be back, and to meet up with the helpful and enthusiastic library staff.


Setting up of The Australian National Brooch Show 2021 - our team of volunteers


Numerous library patrons and staff enjoyed having a look at the show as we set up, and we told them about the opening and Try & Buy event planned for the coming Saturday ro7 August. We set up the brooches in six glass display cases. The biggest one, which is free standing and can be viewed from all sides and from the top, is located at the top of the steps leading up into the main part of the library. The other five cases line parts of the back wall. The brooches look great in all of them. After setting up the show, a group of our volunteers enjoyed lunch at a local café.

The exhibition, supported by Shire of Nillumbik, was to be opened by Shire of Nillumbik Deputy Mayor, Councillor Frances Eyre, at the Try & Buy and opening event in two days’ time on 7 August. Unfortunately we were unable to hold the Try & Buy event, due to the State Government having to place Melbourne into a snap lockdown because of COVID-19. Fortunately The Australian National Brooch Show 2021 can still be viewed online on The Contemporary Art Society's website, and over 200 beautiful brooches are still available for sale.


The Australian National Brooch Show 2121, in six glass cabinets at Eltham Library





The Australian National Brooch Show 2121, Case 6


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