The Collections Project: Michelle Kelly



Dates: Official launch on Sunday 13 August (4pm), exhibition runs until 24 September
Time: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Where: Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: Free

RSVP for the official opening launch (Sunday 13 August at 4pm)

Mycology – the study of fungi – is the inspiration for Michelle’s work, consisting of jewellery, sculptures and installations made using traditional metalsmithing techniques and a variety of materials.

Exploring size, form, colour and moment, her practice consists of multiple layers, just like the growth of fungi.

As part of "The Collections" with the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, Michelle has developed a new body of work in response to the State Herbarium’s amazing collection of preserved species of fungi, which span decades of collecting, identifying, preserving, documenting and mapping fungi from South Australia.

The guest speaker at the 13 September launch will be renowned multi-award winning contemporary South Australian artist Catherine Truman, whose work spans art and science.

The Collections Project: Botanic Gardens of South Australia

The Collections Project 2017 at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia (BGSH) is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and the Botanic Gardens that provides artists with the opportunity to respond to the extensive collection of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, and develop new work for exhibition at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.

Home to an amazing permanent collection, much of which dates back to the original museum display 130 years ago, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is the last Museum of its kind in the world.

Artists working with BGSH will not only have access to this collection but also the Garden’s living collection, library & State Herbarium.