While most galleries remain closed for the time being, three of Perth’s leading Aboriginal Art Galleries are showcasing their exhibitions online. In addition to viewing stunning art produced by local and remote Aboriginal communities, it’s also a chance to support the local WA art sector severely impacted by COVID-19.
Artitja Fine Art Gallery
In line with their mission of “Making Cultural Connections through Art,” Artitja works with remote and regional art centre communities to bring an insightful array of Aboriginal artworks to Perth. While regular operations have been restricted, they have adapted by making certain collections available for viewing through an online gallery catalogue.
A beautiful example is ‘IN OCHRE’ Kimberley online, featuring ochre paintings from three of WA’s Kimberley Art Centres: Warmun Art Centre, Waringarri Aboriginal Art Centre (Kununurra) and Kira Kiro Art Centre (Kalumburu). Through immersing yourself in this special collection, you have the opportunity to explore aspects of WA’s Kimberley communities in a relaxed and personalised way. The gallery is now live and can be accessed here.
They have also just launched their latest online exhibition Ernabella Arts which features paintings from Australia’s oldest continuously running Indigenous Art Centre from the Pukatja Community in far north west of South Australia.
For more information about Artitja Fine Art Gallery, visit their website here: https://www.artitja.com.au
Japingka Aboriginal Art
While the gallery in Fremantle is temporarily closed, you can view Japingka’s entire collection online. Their latest exhibition is the notable 2020 Dorothy Napangardi Retrospective Exhibition. Featuring 36 paintings and 11 limited edition prints, the exhibitions honours the life and art of an artist at the forefront of the contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art movement.
Two other collections are also available for viewing online: Cup of Joy and Paintings from the Numina Sisters. Both are running until May 12, providing invaluable insight into painted aspects of Aboriginal ancestral country and the perspectives of rising artists.
All works are available for sale and can be viewed on their website.
Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre’s newest Aboriginal art exhibition, Revealed Exhibition, has recently been made accessible to view from home. Originally scheduled to open on Friday 3 April, the comprehensive online catalogue showcases over 100 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from WA’s remote and regional art centres, as well as independent and Noongar artists from Perth’s metro and South West.
All the works in the exhibition are for sale with all funds going directly to WA’s Aboriginal art sector. To purchase an artwork email [email protected] with your full name, phone number and the details of the artwork you’re interested in.
Make sure to check it out here!
Featured image: Atipalku Intjalki 150×90 from Ernabella Arts (Artitja Fine Art Gallery).