This too shall pass–call for Sydney

read4This too shall pass evolved in response to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

It aims to support red-zoned contemporary jewellery gallery THE NATIONAL by engaging the wider community in small acts of generosity.

Money is raised by the sale of THIS TOO SHALL PASS ribbons, which are:

· assembled by well-wishers who volunteer their time, then

· distributed by galleries that waive their commission fees, then

· gifted on by purchasers to anyone who could need a little extra help

The project will tour NZ and overseas through 2012 and 2013.

Ribbons are $10. Please select your card/s from the display and donate online:

· Go to

· Navigate via Aotearoa/New Zealand to Sarah Read

· Use the Donate button to make a credit card payment

Thank you x
Sarah Read July 2012


After the destruction of its High Street premises in February 2011, The NATIONAL continued to trade with barely a break, staging a series of popup shows and other initiatives (including Jacqui Chan’s Host a Brooch).

At the start of 2012 the gallery reopened at 212 Madras St, in the newly strengthened and restored NG building, which stands at the edge of the shattered CBD.


Left to right: July 2012: Approaching THE NATIONAL on Madras St, View of THE NATIONAL from the street,
View of Madras St from THE NATIONAL

Discover gold in Melbourne

Joyaviva is situated in an art gallery, strict rules apply to touching the art works. But there are some exceptions.

Sarah Read’s This Too Shall Pass is a series of tags attached to cards with images of the Christchurch earthquake. They have been lovingly stitched by members of the New Zealand jewellery community in solidarity with The National, a jewellery gallery which lost its premises in the quake. For $10, you can take one of these cards away. It makes a touching gift for someone experiencing another kind of shock, and in the process you can discover gold underneath.


If you are interested in obtaining other charms, refer to the website. Though if you look closely through the materials in the gallery, you might be able to obtain a gold charm for yourself.

Meanwhile, feel free to do some flower arranging.

Joyaviva is on at RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne, until 24 March 2012 (hours Mon-Fri 11-5, Thur until 7, Sat 12-5)