Current Exhibition

‘Soul Sisters’


Mickey Barlow and Sue Barlow

These two artist have grown up together in the township of Clare through the 60’s and 70’s. Going their separate ways but joined by the link of marriage to two brothers they enjoy a special bond of creativity.

Sue Barlow

Sue has been producing jewellery in the Clare Valley for the past 25 years. During this time, her style has evolved due to her curiosity for exploring the multitude of techniques associated with jewellery making.

This exhibition shows the exploration of 2 techniques, fold forming and air chasing, pushing these techniques to a level of sophistication that is both aesthetically pleasing and interesting in their complexity. Adding another layer to the mix shows Sue’s skill in surface patination, creating an array of visual texture and colour using planet friendly, household ingredients.

“Preparing for this exhibition has been a wonderful journey of discovery, a source of endless joy.” –  Sue

Mickey Barlow

‘I am an Aboriginal woman with extended family living in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands and throughout other regions in the far north and west coast of South Australia.

I grew up in the Clare valley, and later moved to the Northern Territory in 1994, returning to Adelaide in 2000, where I worked with Aboriginal people for past 14 years.

Having retired in 2014, I decided to focus my time on family and my art which I learnt from my grandmother and mother, they taught me about the symbols I use and the significance they have, especially to our family.

I am self-taught and have been painting seriously for the last nine years and see myself as a contemporary artist using traditional symbols.

In October 2015, I ran a workshop covering Aboriginal children in “out of Home Care” and a “Cultural Awareness workshop for Lutheran Community Care, I gave the resources to the organisation to use as a training resource. Out of the day, I donated a painting to the agency and allowed them to use another painting for their Aboriginal specific brochures.

In August 2016, I had some contact with Alzheimer’s Australia, here in Adelaide where I met the Aboriginal Link Worker. Having showed her a painting I was working on, showing my mums journey, I later donated to this painting to Alzheimer’s Australia to use on their Aboriginal resources.

My art comes from the heart, its all about, country, family and issues that impact on Aboriginal people and families today.’ – Mickey

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