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 is an Australian artist, designer, conservationist and environmental activist. Since returning from London in 2006 — after a decade working as a goldsmith, commercial designer, and having established a jewellery label and boutique in Primrose Hill — she now works from her remote studio on Karta (Kangaroo Island) and in Ruwarunga (Port Willunga), South Australia. 

 

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 South Australian flora and fauna.

Lara Tilbrook

Alongside her creative practice, Tilbrook has over a decade working as an environmental activist, in support and defence of the species endemic to Kangaroo Island in particular. Her experience as an activist, as well as an organic grower and food producer, dovetails with her creative practice. Having moved away from a production-based commercial model of jewellery making, she now uses the alchemical processes and techniques of gold smithing to heighten the worth of our shared fragile ecologies; her visual works and designs function as an important record of biodiversity.

 

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 major exhibitions include Tatiara Art Prize (2021) at Walkway Gallery where she received a Honourable mention;  Our Futures in Landscape (2021) at Adelaide Town Hall; and 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

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

 

VISUAL ART, JEWELLERY AND DESIGN

1998-21           Lara Tilbrook - Fine Jewellery Commissions & Collections

                               Design and production of fine jewellery

2008-21           Full-time studio practice, Kangaroo Island & Port Willunga

                               Design, illustration, painting, sculpture and precious object creation

2013-21           Bush Organics Kangaroo Island

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

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

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

 

ARTS GRANTS AND PRIZES

2020                Sauerbier House Cultural Exchange GRAFTd, Port Noarlunga

2018                Waterhouse Art Prize, South Australian Museum

                            Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

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

2020                Our Future in Landscape, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide

2020                Duty of Care, Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga

2018                Waterhouse Art Prize Exhibition, South Australian Museum, Adelaide

                            Common Ground, Fleurieu Arthouse, SALA, McLaren Vale

2017                Summer Fleurieu Arthouse Exhibition, Fleurieu Arthouse, McLaren Vale

2013                Me Natives, Chapman River Winery, Kangaroo Island

2012                Waterhouse Art Prize Exhibition, South Australian Museum, Adelaide

                            Waterhouse Art Prize Touring Exhibition, National Archives, Canberra

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

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

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

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

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

INTERNATIONAL SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006                Lara Tilbrook, Hôtel Westminster, Place Vêndome, Paris

2005                Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris,

                            Sweet Pea, Installation, HP France Bijoux, Tokyo

                            Sweet Pea, Metropolitan, New York,

                            Sweet Pea, Place Vêndome, Paris

2004                Sweet Pea, Maxfields, L.A,

                            Sweet Pea, Joyce Gallery, Palais Royal, Paris

                            Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris, Liberty, London

                            Sweet Pea, Tranoi, Paris, Metropolitan Hotel, London

2003                Sweet Pea, Paul Smith, Milan,

                            Sweet Pea, Relais St Suplice, St Germain, Paris

2002                Sweet Pea, Liberty, London

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

ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

2019-21        Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network Board Member, KI
2016-21        Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network, Member, KI
2012-21        Eco-Action Group Member, KI
2018-19        Land for Wildlife Coordinator, KI
2015-18        DEWNR Coastal Protection Grant, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI
2012-16        DEWNR Sand Dune Rehabilitation, Vivonne Bay, KI
2012-15        Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, KI
2013-15        Wilderness Society SA, Oil Free Seas Campaign,  KI
2010-15        DEWNR Glossy Black Cockatoo Habitat Rehabilitation and Monitoring, KI
2014                Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, Phytophora Awareness Grant, KI DEWNR Heritage Agreement Grant, KI
2013-14        Hands Across the Sand Organiser, Wilderness Society SA, KI
2013                Western Kangaroo Island Landcare Group, Phytophora Awareness Grant, KI DEWNR Coastal Protection Grant, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay, KI
2008-12        DEWNR Community Consultative Committee, KI
2012                Wilderness Society SA and Conservation Council of SA, Activism, KI
2011                Parndarna School Environmental Art Workshops, KI Wilderness Society, Vivonne Bay Surf and Music Festival Campaign, KI
2010-11        DEWNR Glossy Back Cockatoo Monitoring, Western River KI
2009-11        Vivonne Bay and Districts Progress Association, KI
1992                Bob Brown Foundation, Tarkine Forest Conservation and Protection, Tasmania