7 September - 21 October 2023
Curator | Belinda Newick
Artists | Jane Bowden | Melissa Cameron | Maree Clarke + Blanche Tilden | Laura Deakin | Bin Dixon-Ward | Sarah Elson | Kath Inglis | Pennie Jagiello | Inari Kiuru | Kelly McDonald | Alice Whish
Island Welcome a nationally touring group exhibition exploring contemporary jewellery as a gesture of welcome, curated by Belinda Newick, seeks to bring attention to asylum seeker issues and to extend the dialogue beyond art and craft audiences via expressions of Australian values through craft practice.
With reference to welcome garlands gifted in many traditional islander cultures, each artist has made a neckpiece, lei, or garland interpreting the theme of welcome whilst considering current Australian immigration policies. The artists use the narrative and material potential of each distinct garland to encapsulate a complex visual language and to express the emotions felt by the maker during the process.