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Lola Greeno (left) and her daughter Vanessa collecting shells at Low Head Beach, Tasmania

Lola Greeno

Lola Greeno was born on Cape Barren Island, part of the Furneaux group of islands in Bass Strait, from the north-east language group and a descendant from Mannalargenna. In 1972, she moved to Launceston to allow her children a wider education as well as extending her own education as a mature-age student. In 1997, Greeno completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. Since graduating, Greeno has developed her knowledge and skills though a traineeship at the University of Tasmania Gallery in Launceston, and as a participant in an internship program at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

She is a renowned shell necklace maker, sculptor, installation artist and fibre artist and is also the Program Officer for Aboriginal Arts at Arts Tasmania. Greeno's work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia, and is represented in private, state, national and international collections including the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Campbelltown Gallery, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

She was one of the co-curators for Tasmanian work displayed in an exhibition entitled “Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making from Australia” that toured at a national level. Her recent artworks consist of 9 necklace pieces made from found materials to form 9 cultural gifts to exhibit in the Robinson Cup exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. Greeno initiated the idea to develop the tayenebe project to include a group of Tasmanian Aboriginal women in revitalising the use of weaving plants and techniques used in the historical Tasmanian Aboriginal baskets, in order to develop a body of new work.

Lola Greeno is currently working on a women’s project called luna tunapri, teaching women how to make shell necklaces where that part of their culture had been lost.