Exhibitions featuring Tasmanian contemporary jeweller Janine Combes

Time and Tide, Ha

Re-imagining the Ocean, Maritime Museum, Tasmania September- December 2023

This group exhibition features works by 10 artists working in a range of different media, including installation, sculpture, video, painting, drawing and jewellery. Honouring my commitment to use re-purposed materials I created this piece which is embedded in the Museum collection. She is a vintage sconce to whom a 'candle' made from a brass kelp pod has been added. She is holding a 'flame' for the ocean, protecting, acting as a guardian in these times of pollution, rising temperatures and over-exploitation. 


Compass: an exploration of place, space and beloning, No Vacancy Gallery in conjunction with Artaviso September 2023

This neckpiece is of three Garlands of Fragments which was exhibited at Compass exhibition. This was a way of 'testing' some of my Master of Fine Arts works in a public space. In these works, I use the form of the fragment to interrogate ideas of history, place and belonging. 

Difficult Terrain exhibition: The Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny Farm, Hobart

1-24 September 2023


This was my first role as Curator - 10 Tasmanian contemporary jewellers creating very diverse and high-quality works.  Well received, a great process and an incredibly beautiful show. This series of neckpieces are part of a body of work for my Master of Fine Arts (Research) which focuses on abandoned towns, sites of resource extraction. I use recycled tin, engraved with text and copper electrical wire, in a method I call 'writing with soft edges' and 'torn text'. 



Precious: excellence in contemporary jewellery 

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania 8 July-1 October 2023

I was very excited to be part of this show of 16 Tasmanian contemporary jewellers. This exhibition is dedicated to artists who explore, delight in, and expand the possibilities of contemporary jewellery. 

 Precious: excellence in contemporary jewellery - Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (qvmag.tas.gov.au)


 Profile' 22 Australian Design Centre, Sydney




TIDAL 2020

I was excited when I was selected for theTidal.20 exhibition but was absolutely over the moon to find that i had won! This is a great acknowledgement of my progress as an artist. My work called Kelp Elegy will be acquired by Devonport Regional Gallery. The $15,000 prize is most welcome in a year that has been less than easy for artists. Thank you to Devonport Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.

 Women's Art Prize Tasmania 2020 and 2022

I was excited to be selected as one of 24 Tasmanian women artists for this exhibition and award. Liminal series brooches, fine silver, sterling silver, brass, copper. 



Profile '19 at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney 

In October 2019 I was lucky to be selected as finalist in Profile'19. My work is being shown alongside some of the best of Australia's contemporary jewellers. I was very happy for my work to be on 'the brooch wall' at the entrance to the show. 




Women's Word exhibition 2019 


I made this piece called 'Legacy" to remember my mother who died earlier this year. It features text, family photographs and engraved map lines. The exhibition was held at the new Kingborough Arts/Community Hub.



Handmark Tasmania, March 2019



Gilded Encounters: Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart: 2018-2019

Webb's Ice House brooch 2019 janine combes

Material Memories: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston 2018-2019

tasmanian emblem rings by janine combes Material Memories 2018

The Flower Lady  ten decades, Art Farm October 2018

This exhibition was officially opened by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable Kate Warner. The exhibition was held to celebrate the 100th birthday of my mother who is known as 'The Flower Lady'. The show featured jewellery about my mother's life and history, her love of flowers and dressing well.


Inscription and Place- a poetic exploration of place, family and objects told through contemporary jewellery
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Central Gallery level 2
July 2017 to January 2018



The landlady in lace neckpiece janine combes 2017all pieces in the TMAG show janine combes 2017a devoted aunt - brooch by janine combes 2017


some of the opening guests Inscription and Place Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 2017


Head in the Clouds: Handmark Gallery Hobart May 2017

Opening of Head in the Clouds May 2017 Handmark Gallery

Kelp Window pendant Janine Combes 2017



 Contemporary Wearables 2015, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery



Australian Silver and Metalwork Award 2015, Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery




Radiant Pavilion  September 2015,  Melbourne : Serial Exchange @ Loop Project Space

The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart and the Schoolhouse Gallery, 2015:  'Exquisite' 

Physis+Nature+ Essence: Janine Combes at Handmark Contemporary Art and Jewellery, Hobart 2014




Pushing the Boundaries: 15 Tasmanian Contemporary Jewellers @ the Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny, Tasmania 2013