medalling: 8 designers on a quest

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:


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.


Gerd Rothmann, 'Face'.

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The Magic Touch

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Ruler's crown

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Threading the Commonwealth: Textile Tradition, Culture, Trade and Politics

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Canopy of the Commonwealth: Linking Victorian Communities

Exhibition1 Mar – 30 Apr 2006

Canopy of the Commonwealth: Linking Victorian Communities

This community participation project brings together textile work by people from across Victoria in a display of skill that reflects the different…