Emily Beckley is an Indigenous artist of the Meriam Mir and Kala Lagaw language groups in Torres Strait Islands, Queensland. Originally a painter, she holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Deakin University (Melbourne) and is currently undertaking a mentoring program with Phillip George Lynch-Harlow, a jeweller, goldsmith and lapidary, based in the Torres Strait Islands.

In 2018 she joined the Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) and was the first indigenous artist in residence at her workshop at Australian National University. She also held her first solo exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, Canberra.

With the IJP, Emily has participated in several group exhibitions such as Bush Bling at Aboriginal Bush Traders, Darwin, and Radiant Pavilion 2019 in Melbourne. In 2019 she held her second solo exhibition at Everywhen Artspace, Victoria, exhibited at Parliament House for ‘Reconciliation Week’ and held her third solo exhibition in September at Artisan in Brisbane. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Main Image
Sabagorar (Bridal Pendant). 2018
copper, brass, silver, silk
Photo: David Campbell