Some wonderful events are happening on Kangaroo Island and in Adelaide at present, including the Island to Inland contemporary art exhibition, the Islands of the World Conference and the InterContinental Adelaide has placed several KI wines on its menu

Some truly wonderful events are happening on-island and on-mainland at present.

On Friday June 30, the Island to Inland contemporary art exhibition featuring KI artists was opened at Flinders University Art Museum. The event attracted a large turnout of visitors and many works were sold on the night.

This exhibition of works by ten island artists has come about via the partnership between Country Arts SA and Flinders University Art Museum, and includes painting, photography, sculpture, textiles and installations.

I urge island residents to visit the exhibition next time you are on the mainland. It runs until September 3.

The Islands of the World Conference was held last week, and was well attended.

A fantastic line-up of speakers addressed issues that many islands experience and it was wonderful to hear how other island populations are managing their issues. It’s very worthwhile for island residents to be involved in discussions like this, and many friendships were established during the week. Despite the poor weather early on, the week unfolded well, with each day improving on the one before.

Many of you will have heard me speak about the Transformation Project undertaken by my office during the last year. Part of it was the Beverages Project, aimed at taking island beverage producers to the mainland.

Due to the hard work of many, InterContinental Adelaide has placed several island wines on its menus for the next 12 months, and the hotel is also presenting an exclusive KI dinner on July 19, to showcase not only our beverages, but a large range of KI foods as well.

This is a tangible way in which my office can assist island producers, and it is so pleasing to see some of our fantastic food and beverage offerings being put before diners.

At Tasting Australia recently, Tony Nolan worked next door to the chef from La Boca Restaurant at the Stamford Plaza Hotel. As a result, the Beverages Project is now partnering with Tourism KI and the Food and Wine Association as La Boca presents KI on its menu and beverages lists for the month of August.  

As August is also SALA month, if you visit the National Wine Centre to enjoy the KI exhibition, you might like to call in to La Boca for a meal afterwards.

I might see you there! – Wendy Campana