Island to Inland unveiled

Gallery-goers have been given an artistic glimpse into life on Kangaroo Island. 

Island to Inland, a visual display by 10 artists from the island, has been brought to the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery and will be on display until March 11.

The exhibit first premiered in Adelaide during the SALA Festival and is touring regional South Australia until mid 2019.

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.

Country Arts SA’s arts programs director, Anthony Peluso, told the gathering at the gallery for the exhibit’s unveiling that Kangaroo Island had long been considered as a haven for artists. 

The group’s chief executive officer, Steve Saffell, said each of the 10 artists had been challenged by the exhibit’s curators to move in a new direction, while responding to themes of isolation and the environment. 

“The resultant body of work 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 setting,” he said.

Gallery director Jenni Frost said it was a privilege to have something like this exhibit touring in the regions with Country Arts SA.

Island to Inland is on display at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery until March 11. 

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