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One of the last pieces of civic ceremonial costume, the mayoral chain, has been reinvented in an exhibition opening at Kyneton Town Hall on Tuesday 12 June at 11am.

Mayoral Chain brings together the work of 10 contemporary artists, who have each re-imagined this traditional emblem–incorporating materials such as beach debris, drinking straws, kangaroo teeth, biscuit tins and denim in their innovative creations.

These carefully crafted, ornate objects convey the many layers of history, status and community pride, and allow contemporary artists to explore the idea and aesthetics of the mayoral chain as modern adornment.

Mayoral Chain is part of Craft Victoria’s regional touring program, and showing from Friday 8 June until Friday 24 August at Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street.

The exhibition is free, and will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

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