‘Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island’ is open at Flinders University City Gallery in Adelaide from Saturday July 1 until September 3.

Detail from: Caroline Taylor, The Botanist, 2017, oil and digital print on paper, 120 x 90 cm, © courtesy the artist.

Detail from: Caroline Taylor, The Botanist, 2017, oil and digital print on paper, 120 x 90 cm, © courtesy the artist.

A trip to Adelaide in the next two months is must for those who want to see the potential of Kangaroo Island artists realised and shown off in the state’s capital.

‘Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island’ is open at Flinders University City Gallery in Adelaide from Saturday July 1.

The Kangaroo Island inspired exhibition, more than two years in the making, has the theme of the isolation and inspiration of island life.

In it, the exhibition’s artists – Kenita Williamson, Maggie Welz, Caroline Taylor, Deborah Sleeman, Janine Mackintosh, Indiana James, Scott Hartshorne, Audrey Harnett, Quentin Chester and Ria Byass – reveal works of the finest order, which such time makes possible.

Critical to their attainments were the two professional curators, Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts SA and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery.

They suggested and prodded, listened and watched, and admired and supported.

The achievement is built on our arts-infused community with many more fine artists, both professional and amateur, in a population of only 4,500.

No doubt this exhibition will bring even more attention to Kangaroo Island’s treasure trove of art.

It is a rare community that values and supports community art and fine art practitioners the way Kangaroo Island does.

It’s not just the community, it’s the inspirational surroundings, and the time and space to explore, to meditate and to enjoy nature’s gifts.

This exhibition reflects all that and more. It does our island proud.

‘Island to Inland’ opens on Saturday July 1 and runs until September 3 at the Flinders University City Gallery in the State Library of South Australia building, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–4pm, Saturday–Sunday 12 noon–4pm.

From January 2018 the exhibition travels to 13 regional galleries around South Australia over 18 months.