Island to Inland exhibition

Island to Inland: Contemporary art from Kangaroo Island

A Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring Exhibition

Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island showcases new work by ten contemporary artists living and working in one of South Australia’s most remarkable locations. Developed over the course of two years, these compelling and challenging works respond to themes of isolation, the island’s unique history and the rugged, natural beauty in which the artists are immersed on a daily basis.

Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island is one of country’s foremost tourist destinations. It is renowned for its profound natural beauty and food and wine production, and it has long been considered a haven for artists since the illustrated discoveries of explorers in the early 19th century, through to contemporary artists of today.

The exhibition has resulted from a partnership between Country Arts SA and Flinders University Art Museum. Co-curated by Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts SA and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum, it has supported emerging and established artists, celebrating the dynamic and diverse nature of their practices. These include painting, photography, sculpture, textile and installation.

Steve Saffell, Chief Executive Officer, Country Arts SA says, “One of the most exciting, rewarding aspects to our work at Country Arts SA is to be able to support artists, nurture new talent and watch as individuals come together to create and grow not only their own practices but their communities. The resultant body of work from the ten artists here reflects the isolation of island life, the pristine and diverse environment in which these artists have immersed themselves, and the challenges and benefits of creating in this unique milieu.”


Fiona Salmon, Director, Flinders University Art Museum adds, ‘‘Flinders University has a close association with Kangaroo Island through research in a number of fields including in marine archaeology and environmental science. We are delighted to have been part of this project, which represents another important link to the community and lens through which to appreciate the singular identity of this extraordinary place.”

Artists include Ria Byass, Quentin Chester, Audrey Harnett, Scott Hartshorne, Indiana James, Janine Mackintosh, Deborah Sleeman, Caroline Taylor, Maggie Welz and Kenita Williamson.

Island to Inland premiered at Flinders University City Gallery during the 2017 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival and will be touring regional South Australia until 2019.

Exhibition dates:

  • Streaky Bay Supper Room Studio Gallery, 29 Alfred Terrace
  • Saturday 5 May – Sunday 3 June 2018
  • Open:
  • Thurs & Frid, 11am-4pm
  • Sat & Sun (by Volunteer), 10am-12pm

Country Arts SA/District Council of Streaky Bay Arts and Cultural Development Facilitator:

  • Jayne Holland
  • 0427 706 454

ISLAND TO INLAND is supported by the District Council of Streaky Bay and ArtsUp, STREAKY BAY.

Feature image:

Deborah Sleeman, Les enfants perdus (detail), 2016 -17, mixed media: steel, lead, ceramic, bone, muslin, wire, paper, wood, glue, oil paint, charcoal, pencil, polymer gel and nylon, 350 x 250 x 200 cm (irregular). Photo: Quentin Chester