Art Museum of Kangaroo Island for the Island's sake

A drone's eye view of the proposed site of the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island at Captain Morgan Park at Kingscote. Photo by Wynn Norris
A drone's eye view of the proposed site of the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island at Captain Morgan Park at Kingscote. Photo by Wynn Norris

When the Island to Inland exhibition - the artworks of ten Kangaroo Island artists - set off to be shown at regional art galleries across South Australia in 2018 and 2019, there was one place it couldn't be shown for lack of a suitable venue: Kangaroo Island.

That was when a group of Island artists decided that if KI, with its strong visual arts community, couldn't accommodate a home grown exhibition of excellence, then they would have to build somewhere that could.

And so the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island or AMKI committee was formed.

Ria Byass, Janine Mackintosh, Deb Sleeman and Kathie Stove didn't know what they were letting themselves in for but they were going to give it a red hot go. And they have.

And now they are at the point where they have come to an understanding of what the Art Museum could be and what it could do for Island artists and for the Island community and economy.

The group has always thought visionary and different: something that's nowhere else in South Australia, something that would attract discerning visitors from near and far, something that will show off Kangaroo Island art to the world, boosting sales in the community and retail galleries.

And now, even more so, something that will help our Island community restore itself.

The yellow dot marks the preferred site location for the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island. Image Google Earth

The yellow dot marks the preferred site location for the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island. Image Google Earth

After an extensive search, they've found the piece of land they think will be just right for the Art Museum of KI - convenient and spectacular.

It's the land to the north of the Kingscote helipad that overlooks the Bay of Shoals.

Great idea? The committee thinks so but want to ensure that the community thinks so too.

The month of August will be dedicated to finding out what the community thinks about the idea of the Art Museum and about having it built at Captain Morgan Park.

And they are asking for other ideas on what should be included in the plans.

Please have your say, after all this is a gallery for the Kangaroo Island community: participate in a webinar, complete the online survey, and pop into the pop-ups and open day on the site.

Please visit the website, https://artmuseumkangarooisland.org/, to find out more, particularly the 'Your questions answered page'.

If you have any other questions email amki.committee@gmail or phone chairperson Kathie Stove on 0417 086 870.

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