In celebration of the spectacular canola fields in full bloom across the Avon Valley, South Fremantle’s Artitja Fine Art Gallery is heading to York for its annual Spring Salon exhibition.

Visitors will be met with a bright, bold explosion of colour including flowery landscapes, textile sculptures, handmade ceramics and even a painted bullock skull and a car made from a discarded car sump.

Car sump car

The exhibition will be hosted in York’s Gallery 152 and will feature the work of Indigenous artists from some of Australia’s most remote community art centres, including Wingellina, Fitzroy Crossing and Maningrida.

Gallery 152 is set in a beautifully restored heritage building and situated on York’s main street. The gallery was established in 2017 to enhance York’s reputation as a hub for artists, festivals and other cultural events.

Artitja’s versatile mode of operation allows its exhibitions to be showcased in different spaces, taking the beauty of Aboriginal art to different locations across the state.

“We are not just about exhibiting the art; we have always been committed to informing and increasing awareness of the cultural richness of Australia’s First Nation’s people by enhancing people’s knowledge of the art and the stories behind it,” says director Anna Kanaris.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to purchase a range of approved, licenced merchandise gift lines, sales of which send royalties back to the artists.

Established in 2004, Artitja Fine Art Gallery has established itself as one of the most reputable and accessible Indigenous art galleries in Perth. The gallery has built relationships with over 30 Aboriginal Art Centres around Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia financially supporting hundreds of artists and their families.

Julie Renita Woods

Work by Julie Renita Woods

Summer Salon will run from September 4 – 27 and is free to the public. Only an hour out of Perth, why not take a day trip to York and enjoy the exhibition, vibrant canola fields, picturesque walking trails and gourmet food and drink characteristic of this historic WA town.

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