Island to Inland in Adelaide

At last. Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island is open at Flinders University City Gallery in Adelaide from Saturday 1 July.

The Kangaroo Island inspired exhibition, more than two years in the making, has the theme of the isolation and inspiration of island life.

In it, the exhibition’s artists – Kenita Williamson, Maggie Welz, Caroline Taylor, Deborah Sleeman, Janine Mackintosh, Indiana James, Scott Hartshorne, Audrey Harnett, Quentin Chester and Ria Byass – reveal works of the finest order, which such time makes possible.

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Also making the works the best they could were the two professional curators, Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts SA and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery. They suggested and prodded, listened and watched, and admired and supported.

The exhibition is built on our arts-infused community which has many more fine artists, both professional and amateur, in a population of only 4500. No doubt this exhibition will bring even more attention to Kangaroo Island’s treasure trove of art.

It is a rare community that values and supports community art and fine art practitioners the way Kangaroo Island does.

And it’s not just the community, it’s the inspirational surroundings, and the time and space to explore, to meditate and to enjoy nature’s gifts. This exhibition reflects all that and more. It does our island proud.

Island to Inland opens on Saturday 1 July and runs until 3 September at the Flinders University City Gallery in the State Library of South Australia building, North Terrace, Adelaide. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–4pm, Saturday–Sunday 12 noon–4pm.

From January 2018 the exhibition travels to 13 regional galleries around South Australia over 18 months.

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I’ve written a new blog for the Island to Inland project on Deb Sleeman. Now, there are posts on all of the 10 participating artists and their work for the exhibition on the Island to Inland site.

The Island to Inland exhibition opens in late June in Flinders University City Gallery in Adelaide and runs for 9 weeks through to the end of the SALA Festival on 31 August.