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COLOURS OF OUR COUNTRY
The walls of the Central Park foyer will
feature diverse Aboriginal artworks from the
Pilbara region as part of Rio Tinto’s Colours of
Our Country exhibition, now in its fifth year.
The exhibition, initially intended to be a
one-off for Rio Tinto’s 40th anniversary,
has provided a range of opportunities to
emerging artists from the region. This year,
42 Aboriginal artists will showcase 200
canvases, artefacts and textiles – all for sale,
with proceeds going commission-free to the
artists and art groups in the area.
Exhibition coordinator Nan Rickards says
541 artworks have been sold since 2006,
with $800,000 going directly to the artists.
“It has been amazing to see the
transformation of the artists,” she says.
“Skills and confidence levels are through
the roof and locally there is a real pride
in what they have accomplished and the
exposure they are bringing to the region.”
Industry stalwart Allery Sandy says
Colours of Our Country is also helping
remote Aboriginal artists gain national and
international exposure. “This has helped
give many of us confidence as it’s such a
satisfying feeling to see all your hard work
being displayed and enjoyed by people.”
Colours of Our Country runs from September
20 –October 2 in the foyer of Central Park, 152-
158 St Georges Terrace. Open 10am-4pm daily
and admission is free.
The winners of St George’s Art exhibition– a collection of works by
WA senior high school students – have been announced.
Laura Manzi, from John Curtin College of the Arts, took out the top prize with her
painting You Are What You See. “This Gittoes-inspired painting delves into the shocking
realities of body image,” Laura says. “I’ve focused on using intense colours, where, like
Gittoes’ work, the overpowering colour focuses on strengthening the subject.” Other
winners include Katherine Winslade of Penrhos College and Hannah Ryan of Warnbro
Community High School. The St George’s Art exhibition, which celebrated its eighth year
in 2010, was held at St George’s Cathedral in Perth. It was launched by Art Gallery of WA
director Stefano Carboni who also presented prizes. The exhibition finished in August.
Detail of Blue Gum Seed by Allery Sandy (inset).
AGWA director Stefano Carboni with winner Laura
Manzi and her painting You Are What You See.
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