Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

Touring nationally

Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, NSW

17 Oct - 7 Dec 2014

Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW

7 Feb - 22 Mar 2015

Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW

18 Apr - 28 Jun 2015

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery NSW

24 Jul - 30 Aug 2015

Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW

17 Oct - 28 Nov 2015

Cowra Gallery, NSW

12 Dec - 7 Feb 2016

JamFactory Adelaide, SA

19 Feb - 24 Apr 2016

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, WA

6 May - 25 Jun 2016

Bunbury Regional Galleries, WA

28 Oct - 4 Dec 2016

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA

16 Dec 2016 - 1 Feb 2017

Redland Art Gallery, QLD

26 Mar -7 May 2017

Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD

28 July - 3 Sept 2017

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW

23 Sept - 10 Dec 2017

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC

2 Mar - 15 Apr 2018

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, TAS

1 May - 31 Jul 2018

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years.

The exhibition marks the eighth in Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series - a biennial recognition and national tour of an iconic artist whose body of work epitomizes the best of various Australian craft fields.

Lola Greeno’s award winning talent in shell-working is magnificently displayed in the exhibitions 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands.


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Images: John Leeming

The overarching theme of Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is storytelling; the meticulous crafting of stories of cultural knowledge, natural beauty, ancient traditions, and connectedness with her island home. It is also an exhibition of modern issues –contemporary sculptural works feature that are part of Greeno’s response to her concerns for the environmental future of shell stringing in northern Tasmania.

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels features breath-taking works using unusual and beautiful natural materials such as Echidna quill, feather, rare Maireener shell and bone, set in a ground-breaking contemporary installation designed by Project Two, with interwoven digital and audio displays, with contemporary exhibition design by Stephen Goddard.

Lola has recorded a number of short oral stories to accompany the exhibition and monograph. You can listen or download each of them by following the links below:

Lola Greeno: My Story
Lola Greeno on her childhood
Lola Greeno on Babel Island
Lola Greeno on collecting shells
Lola Greeno on Yellow Beach
Lola Greeno on continuing the tradition

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Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is an Australian Design Centre national touring program developed in partnership with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston.

An additional contribution by the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design, Bachelor of Environmental Design (Furniture Design) program who, working collaboratively with the QVM&AG and Object, manufactured all the exhibition furniture.

Australian Design Centre acknowledges the support and contribution of the State Government through Arts NSW and the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy and the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Visions of Australia: Regional Exhibition Touring Fund as well as a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation.