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Lustrous Bodies: Pearl and Pearl-Shell Adornment in Twentieth-Century Subiaco

An exhibition at the Subiaco Museum (Perth), Western Australia.


Dates: 9 November 2018–11 May 2019
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 1–4pm; Saturdays 10am–2pm
Venue: Subiaco Museum, 239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA 6008
Curator: Jordan Lavers
Admission: Free
Enquiries: Email jordanl@subiaco.wa.gov.au; Phone: +61 8 9237 9227

Pearls and pearl shells have been prized for their natural radiance and rarity throughout history and across different cultures. Utilising the museum collection and with contributions from Linneys and Subiaco Antiques and Fine Jewellery, Lustrous Bodies illuminates how material culture historically shapes our identities and our social lives in a community. At the heart of the exhibition are Subiaco residents and businesses, past and present, and their stories. From buttons to brooches, camisoles and collar studs, incised pearl shells from the Kimberley region and original sketches from the Linneys collection, the exhibition displays the history of the city as a dynamic hub of sociability, fashion, politics and business in Western Australia.

This event is supported by Linneys, Museums Australia, the City of Subiaco and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Read review by The West Australian




Exhibition Launch

Date: 9 November 2018
Time: 6–8.30pm
Venue: Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA 6008

Bookings your free tickets for this event here

Following an opening address by Mayor Penny Taylor and guest talks by Alan Linney and Professor Andrew Lynch, guests will be invited to take a tour of the exhibition, led by Museum Co-Ordinator Rosemary Fitzgerald and Museum Officer Jordan Lavers. 

Food and beverages will be provided.

Thumbnail Image: 'Pinctada Maxima, on loan to the Subiaco Museum from Linneys', by Jordan Lavers, September 2018. Used with permission.

Image this page: Lustrous Bodies Exhibition Poster, Kool Kreative, 2018. Used with permission.