Tasmanian Aboriginal artists excel on the world stage

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The work of two respected popular Tasmanian Aboriginal artists has been selected to appear in a prestigious US exhibition – a fantastic and highly-deserved acknowledgement of the vast cultural talent emanating from the island state.

Aunti Corrie Fullard and her daughter Jeanette James are shell necklace makers who have made a real impact internationally, with their invitation to join the Forces of Nature exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC a highlight of their burgeoning careers.

It runs from November 16 until February 2012, meaning the pair’s superb creations will have time to make a mark on thousands of visitors.

As an elder of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community in Tasmania, Fullard learnt the art of shell stringing that has passed through many generations of her family and thousands of years of her people’s culture.

James said yesterday (November 15) that exhibitions such as this can help to educate the world about what Tasmania and its people have to offer, as well as Aboriginal culture and practices.

“My mother and I were excited when we were invited by the curator to be a part of this exhibition and we are very honoured to be considered two of Australia’s most significant artists working in the field of jewellery and small sculpture,” she said.

Their work can be seen (and is for sale) at Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Shell Necklaces by Fullard and James : image from Bett Gallery Hobart

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