Creating awareness and making cultural connections is the mantra of South Fremantle based Indigenous Art Gallery Artitja Fine Art, who this year will come together with the City of Melville through NAIDOC WEEK 2018 to present an art exhibition with a strong emphasis on the work of women artists.
In celebration of this year’s NAIDOC theme Because of Her We Can, OUR PLACE – OUR TIME will be on display alongside the City of Melville’s art collection by Indigenous women artists.
“Working with the City art team is a great opportunity to create a wider awareness of the different styles and nature of the art, including the storytelling that is an integral factor in increasing understanding.” says gallery Director Anna Kanaris. “NAIDOC Week is not only a celebration of the history and culture of Indigenous Australia, it is a great opportunity to create a wider awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history”.
To compliment the City’s display, Artitja Fine Art will be exhibiting paintings from remote communities, as far away as Balgo, in the East Kimberley, to Indulkana in the Pitjantjatjara lands in the South Australian desert region, and wonderful, quirky soft sculptures as well as a range of small metal hand cut and painted metal dogs from the western desert.
This years’ theme Because of Her We Can is an acknowledgement and celebration of the strength and capacity of Indigenous women and their ongoing influence on making lives better.
“We should all walk with the women,” says Kanaris “there is always so much more to learn, after all, we are learning from wisdom which spans 65,000 plus years – how can we not!”
This is a free exhibition, and everyone is welcome.