Exhibitions featuring Tasmanian contemporary jeweller Janine Combes

This Place, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, March 2024

Janine Combes – Handmark

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



This group exhibition featured works by 10 artists working in a range of different media, including installation, sculpture, video, painting, drawing and jewellery. One of the works I created was an installation called Are we the shipwreck?, referencing the household items in the museum collection from shipwrecks. 

Truth or Dare, Adornaxis, New York Contemporary Jewellery Week, 2023

Garlands of Fragments neckpiece was exhibited at New York Contemporary Jewellery Week 2023 as part of Truth or Dare, Adornaxis.  I use the form of the fragment to interrogate ideas of history, place and belonging. 


Events - NYCJW (nycjewelryweek.com)

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.  It was 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'. 


 Difficult Terrain: Contemporary Tasmanian Jewellery - Clarence Arts & Events (clarenceartsandevents.net)

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 was 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 the Tidal.20 exhibition but was absolutely over the moon to find that I had won! This work called Kelp Elegy was acquired by Devonport Regional Gallery. 

 Women's Art Prize Tasmania 2020 and 2022

I've been honoured to be selected for this award exhibition on two occasions.  



Liminal series brooches, fine silver, sterling silver, brass, copper. 

Finalists 2020 — Women's Art Prize Tasmania (womensartprizetas.com.au)



The works shown above were made from vintage Australian pennies into which I engraved words about the state of women's rights. They reference the Suffragettes who carved 'votes for women' into British Pennies as a political strategy in their campaign. 

Finalists 2022 — Women's Art Prize Tasmania (womensartprizetas.com.au)

Profile '19 at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney 

In 2019 I was lucky to be selected as finalist in Profile'19 meaning that my work was shown alongside some of the best of Australia's contemporary jewellers. I




Women's Word exhibition 2019 


This piece called Legacy was made in memory of my mother who died just before this exhibition, held in Kingston at the Community Hub. It featured text, family photographs and engraved map lines. 



Handmark, Tasmania, 

Time and Tide, March 2019


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


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 was 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