I recognise and respect that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands.  My family and I are committed to working together to honour the living culture and Country of our First Nations People.

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land!

Lara Tilbrook’s artistic practice is characterised by her affection for the natural heritage of her surrounding homeland. Her hand-crafted sculptures, body adornment and wearable pieces are composed of materials close at hand, gathered and selected for their evocative potential and empathy towards the protection, preservation and propagation of endemic flora and fauna.

Alongside her creative practice, Lara has 15 years as a conservationist and environmental activist, in support and defence of the species to Karta (Kangaroo Island).  In 2007 she returned home after a decade working extensively as an international jewellery designer and goldsmith, she now employs the alchemical processes and techniques of goldsmithing to heighten the worth of our shared fragile ecologies; her visual works and designs function as an important record of biodiversity.

 

Lara Tilbrook

 

Tilbrook works as an artist, designer and environmental consultant from her remote studio on Karta (Kangaroo Island) and in Ruwarunga (Port Willunga), South Australia.  Lara has recently received a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Visual Arts(Hons) at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2022.  

 

Major exhibitions include, Harbingers: Care or Catastrophe (2022) at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery commissioned by Country Arts SA in conjunction with Murray Bridge Regional Gallery; Neoteric (2022) for Adelaide Festival, commissioned through Arts SA; Tatiara Art Prize (2021) at Walkway Gallery where she received a Honourable mention; Our Futures in Landscape (2021) at Adelaide Town Hall.  Tilbrook’s solo exhibition Duty of Care at Sauerbier House – held in the lounge gallery, hallway gallery and wash house – was enabled by a 2020 GRAFTd grant through Onkaparinga Arts.  Duty of Care was also developed and supported by the 2018 Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship with leading South Australian artist Sera Waters.  

Other exhibitions include, The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at The South Australian Museum (2018 and 2012), where her work was awarded Highly Commended and toured to the The National Archives of Australia in Canberra, in 2012. Tilbrook’s work is currently held in the City of Adelaide Contemporary Art Collection, as well as private collections both nationally and internationally.  A small collection of Tilbrook’s wearable fine gold jewellery features in the Art Gallery of South Australia store.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Lara Tilbrook

Born 1975, Adelaide.

EDUCATION

Current             Bachelor Of Visual Arts(Hons) Adelaide Central School of Art

1996                    Bachelor of Design, Jewellery and Metalsmithing (Hons), UniSA

VISUAL ART, DESIGN & ENVIRONMENT

2008-22           Full-time studio practice, Kangaroo Island & Port Willunga

                               Design, illustration, painting, sculpture and precious object creation

2021-22           Kangaroo Island Cultural Burn Workshop - Event Co-ordinator

                               Victor Steffensen - Firesticks Alliance, Nature Conservation Society SA

2013-22           Bush Organics Kangaroo Island

                               Director, brand and package design, apiarist, organic grower, maker

1998-22           Lara Tilbrook - Fine Jewellery Commissions & Collections

                               Design and production of fine jewellery

2020                   The Wild South, Community Environmental Group, Port Willunga

                               Design logo and illustration

2018                   Land for Wildlife Kangaroo Island

                               Design logo and sign design with illustration of flora and fauna

2015-18           Coastal Restoration, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI

                               DEWNR Coastal Protection Grant

2014                   Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival, Western Tiers, Tasmania

                               Sculptural installation of environmental shelters

                               Wide Open Space, Music, Art, Desert Culture, Alice Springs

                               Facilitating bush jewellery workshops

2013                   Beach Nesting Birds Murals, Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island

                               6m x 20m life, habitat and environment murals, collaboration with Gay de Mather

                               Our Life the Beach, by Lara Tilbrook and Gay de Mather

                               Co-authored and illustrated a conservation themed children’s book

2012                   Art Feast, Kangaroo Island

                               Assistant to the art directors   

2011                   DEWNR Department of Environment, Kangaroo Island

                               Interpretive educational environmental signs, design and research

2007                   Titjikala Gallery, Northern Territory

                               Gallery assistant

2000-06           Sweet Pea Jewellery – Boutique, Showroom, and Studio, London

                               Director, designer and production manager of international jewellery label

                               200 selected stockists across U.K., Europe, U.S, Asia, Australia, NZ

1998-00           Detail – High Street Fashion and Designer Jewellery Collections, London

                               Designer – costume jewellery and limited run collections for Paul Smith, mens and woman

1997-98           Dinny Hall, London

                               Retail design assistant responsible for design and fabrication of fine jewellery

                               Jacqueline Rabun, London

                               Technical design assistant - small batch production, concept prototypes

1995                   Robert Foster, Fink Jug

                               Work experience, finalising manufacture for production of the ‘Fink’ jug

GRANTS,  ART COMMISIONS AND PRIZES

2022                Scholarship. Adelaide Central School of Arts, Bachelor Visual Arts. Hons, South Australia,  

2021                Country Arts in conjunction with Murray Bridge Regional Gallery for Harbingers:  Care or Catastrophe

                            Arts SA for Neoteric, Adelaide Festival, South Australia

                            Tatiara Art Prize Highly Commended, Walkaway Gallery, South Australia

                            Kangaroo Island Cultural Burn Workshop, Landcare Australia

2020                Sauerbier House Cultural Exchange GRAFTd, Port Noarlunga, South Australia

2018                Waterhouse Art Prize, South Australian Museum

                            Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, South Australia

2015-18        DEWNR Coastal Protection Grants, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI, South Australia

2013                Birdlife Australia Grant, Kangaroo Island

2012                Highly Commended, Waterhouse Art Prize, South Australian Museum

2011                DEWNR Interpretive Educational Environmental Signs, Kangaroo Island

AUSTRALIAN SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022               Harbingers: Care or Catastrophe, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, South Australia

                           Neoteric, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, South Australia

                           Being Here, Tributary Projects, Ainslie + Gorman Art Centres, Canberra, ACT

2021               Tatiana Art Prize, Walkaway Gallery, Bordertown, South Australia

2020                Our Future in Landscape, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, South Australia

2020                Duty of Care, Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga, South Australia 

2018                Waterhouse Art Prize Exhibition, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia

                            Common Ground, Fleurieu Arthouse, SALA, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2017                Summer Fleurieu Arthouse Exhibition, Fleurieu Arthouse, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2013                Me Natives, Chapman River Winery, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

2012                Waterhouse Art Prize Exhibition, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia

                            Waterhouse Art Prize Touring Exhibition, National Archives, Canberra, ACT

                            How do we love thee, National Wine Centre, SALA, Adelaide, South Australia

2011                How do we love thee, National Wine Centre, SALA, Adelaide, South Australia

2010                How do we love thee, National Wine Centre, SALA, Adelaide, South Australia

2007                Carrats, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Rundle St. Adelaide, South Australia

1996                Some days are…, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Rundle St, Adelaide, South Australia

INTERNATIONAL SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006                Lara Tilbrook, Hôtel Westminster, Place Vêndome, Paris, France

2005                Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris, France

                            Sweet Pea, Installation, HP France Bijoux, Tokyo, Japan

                            Sweet Pea, Metropolitan, New York, USA

                            Sweet Pea, Place Vêndome, Paris, France

2004                Sweet Pea, Maxfields, L.A, USA

                            Sweet Pea, Joyce Gallery, Palais Royal, Paris, France

                            Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris, Liberty, London, UK

                            Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris, Metropolitan Hotel, London, UK

2003                Sweet Pea, Paul Smith, Milan, Italy

                            Sweet Pea, 10 Corsa Como, Milan, Italy

                            Sweet Pea, Relais St Suplice, St Germain, Paris, France

2002                Sweet Pea, Liberty, London, UK

2001                Lara Tilbrook, Paul Smith House, Notting Hill, London, UK

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

2019-22        The Wild South, Environmental NGO, Port Willunga, South Australia

2019-21        Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network Board Member, KI, South Australia
2016-21        Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network, Member, KI, South Australia
2012-21        Eco-Action Group Member, KI, South Australia 
2018-19        Land for Wildlife KI, Member, South Australia
2015-18        DEWNR Coastal Protection Grant, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI, South Australia
2012-16        DEWNR Sand Dune Rehabilitation, Vivonne Bay, KI, South Australia
2012-15        Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, KI, South Australia
2013-15        Wilderness Society SA, Oil Free Seas Campaign,  KI, South Australia
2010-15        DEWNR Glossy Black Cockatoo Habitat Rehabilitation and Monitoring, KI, South Australia
2014                Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, Phytophora Awareness Grant, KI, South Australia

                            DEWNR Heritage Agreement Grant, KI, South Australia
2013-14        Hands Across the Sand Organiser, Wilderness Society SA, KI, South Australia
2013                Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, Phytophora Awareness Grant, KI, South Australia

                            DEWNR Coastal Protection Grant, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI, South Australia
2008-12        DEWNR Community Consultative Committee, KI, South Australia
2012                Wilderness Society SA and Conservation Council of SA, Activism, KI, South Australia
2011                Parndarna School Environmental Art Workshops, KI, South Australia

                            KI Wilderness Society, Vivonne Bay Surf and Music Festival Campaign, KI, South Australia
2010-11        DEWNR Glossy Back Cockatoo Monitoring, Western River KI, South Australia
2009-11        Vivonne Bay and Districts Progress Association, KI, South Australia
1992                Bob Brown Foundation, Tarkine Forest Conservation and Protection, Tasmania