Born 1931, Port Kembla, New South Wales. Lives and works La Perouse.
Esme Timbery’s shellworked harbour bridges, shoes and other objects are created from wood, glue, cardboard, fabric, glitter and shells gathered from the beaches of the New South Wales south coast. Timbery has been exhibiting these works since 1997.
Timbery’s first exhibition was Djalarinji – Something that Belongs to Us, at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum in 1997. She worked with artist Judy Watson on a public art installation in the arrivals hall at Sydney International Airport in 2000. In 2002 Timbery was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House to create Sydney landmarks in shellwork for its annual Message Sticks program. She exhibited in Messages from the Fringe, Birrung Gallery, Sydney (2003) and Terra Alterius: Land Of Another, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney (2004).
Timbery was the subject of an ABC TV ‘Artists at work’ documentary, She Sells Sea Shells, in 2007. Her works are held in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong; and Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.