Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered

An ambitious retrospective exhibition looking at Lisa Walker’s 30-year career as a pioneer of contemporary jewellery. Previously shown at CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (2020); Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany (2019), RMIT Design Hub Melbourne (2019), and Te Papa in Wellington (2018), Te Uru is delighted to present this major exhibition across two floors, accommodating over 250 pieces – a homecoming for these works that have travelled across the world.

Since departing our shores, each exhibition has been added to, re-thought and re-designed by Walker to present a constantly updated, contemporary presentation. Te Uru’s exhibition will span Galleries Two, Three and Four – a major installation for our 2021 programme. Each space will loosely cover three significant chapters in Walker’s career.

Accompanying the exhibition will be Lisa Walker’s sell-out publication An unreliable guidebook to jewellery — republished by Perimeter Books and RMIT with support from Creative New Zealand. This new iteration features additional pages and information, and will be available from our gallery shop.

Also available from the gallery shop soon is a limited edition tea towel, designed by Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch especially for the exhibition at Te Uru.

Supported by Dame Jenny Gibbs and Kim Smith.

Image: Lisa Walker (detail)

05 June - 29 August 2021

Opening function Saturday 12 June, 4pm
Photos by Sam Hartnett

related event

Winter open day: floor talk
Jewellery workshop with Lisa Walker
Inspire Series: June


Lisa Walker
Lisa Walker: A guided tour. Video filmed by Connie Brown and edited by Ash Holmes. Music by Wayde Suchodolskiy. Exhibition photography by Sam Hartnett.
Coda Museum exhibition
Villa Stuck exhibition
Lisa at Villa Stuck (YouTube)
RMIT exhibition
Te Papa exhibition
An Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery (Best Awards)
A visit to Lisa Walker’s place (The Spinoff)