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Discover the emerging talent in Western Australia’s Aboriginal art
centres – where artworks have more than one layer of meaning
estern Australia is famed for
its wealth – but there is a
different richness emerging
on the landscape. Tucked
away in remote communities and towns
where nobody thinks to look, Aboriginal
art centres have prospered everywhere
from Katanning to Kalumburu.
“There’s this incredibly lively art
industry right under our noses, but most
people don’t see it,” says Allison Yearwood,
manager of Yamaji Art in Geraldton.
Fortunately for Perth audiences,
uncovering the state’s cultural resources
will be much easier this spring. The second
Revealed showcase is bringing together 20
art centres at Gallery Central, featuring
emerging artists of all ages.
The event – which coincides with the
Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting – will include an exhibition
of work by 49 artists, and a two-day
marketplace where visitors can buy
directly from art centres.
“It will help redraw a creative map
in people’s minds, including towns like
Roebourne, Geraldton and Meekatharra,”
says Tim Acker, consultant for Revealed .
“Often people don’t really credit these
places with having a creative foundation.
But there are people there leading complete
lives outside the mining industry.”
Revealed has been integral to supporting
art centres in the state. Following the
inaugural 2008 event, the Aboriginal
Art Centre Hub Western Australia
(AACHWA) was established through Federal
Government funding by Country Arts WA.
“It was identified that some art centres
were beyond the reach of peak bodies i n
the Northern Territory,” says AACHWA
coordinator Christine Scoggin. Now in its
second year, AACHWA is helping fill that
gap, encompassing seven art centres.
While many are recently established,
other centres elsewhere in Australia – such
as the iconic Papunya Tula Artists in Alice
Springs – have lasted 40 years.
“Arts-based enterprise is the only thing
that has really worked in these settings,”
says Tim Acker. “In places like Mount
Magnet – where there are so few
WORDS Jessica Matthews
Untitled by Kimberley Krakouer, acrylic on canvas, 137x91.5cm.
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