Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels @ BRAG

Published on 08 January 2019



The Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is thrilled to officially open the exhibition Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels on Friday 11 January at 6pm.

The exhibition, to be opened by Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons, is the eighth in the Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series - a biennial recognition and national tour of an 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.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “This is an exciting way to start the New Year in Burnie. We are presenting the specialist artwork by a Tasmanian artist of international reputation. The exhibition features breath-taking works using unusual and beautiful natural materials such as Echidna quill, feather, rare Maireener shell and bone.”

“Mrs Greeno will be in attendance at the opening and Trawlwoolway man David Mangenner Gough will give a Welcome to Country to start the proceedings,” he said.

The overarching theme of Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is Storytelling; of 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 said “It is important to never lose sight of your cultural heritage. Once you own your history you can tell it from your perspective, covering your family’s generations. Learn as much as possible about your own family to tell your own story.”

The exhibition will be open to the public until 3 February 2019. The Gallery is open free to the public from 10am to 4.30pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Please check our website or social media pages for holiday opening times.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is an initiative of the Burnie City Council and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

 By Mayor Steve Kons