Opening in South Fremantle on Saturday 5 January, Artitja Fine Art’s SUMMER SHOWCASE exhibition will go on display for the month at Earlywork, in South Terrace in the old Biscuit Factory.
The summertime show has something for everyone, from small loose canvases and objects, works on paper and exquisite paintings by emerging and globally renowned Aboriginal artists from remote communities around Australia.
Also on display will be Mimi carvings and the beautiful, graceful 2m high larrakitj poles –hollow logs from Yirrikala in north east Arnhem land. The poles, traditionally used as burial poles, are now important cultural objects with the finest ochre designs on them, full of imagery and story.
“Summer in Perth is the most relaxed time of the year for many people who are on holiday, and have time to visit galleries and importantly to learn about Australia’s Indigenous culture through the art and objects.” Says gallery Director, Anna Kanaris. “January is also a time that remote community art centres close due to the heat and not a lot of art production happens, hence the opportunity for artists to continue to earn is crucial”
Ethically sourced licensed merchandise, ensuring royalties go directly to the artists, will also make up the exhibition.
“Our Gallery’s ethos has always been to make cultural connections” says Anna, “so the exhibition is not just about showing the art, it is always our intention to inform, educate and create the opportunity for people to learn, appreciate and purchase Aboriginal art in a friendly and accessible environment.
“It’s about visiting the exhibition and going away with an appreciation and understanding of Australia’s Indigenous art and culture, if not a beautiful artwork.” she adds.
Established in 2004 by South Fremantle locals Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke as a by appointment home gallery encouraging people to view art in a personalised and welcoming environment, Artitja Fine Art has held satellite exhibitions quarterly since its inception, in Fremantle and suburban Perth, and more recently in the wheatbelt town of York.
The gallery was the recipient of the Outstanding Cultural Enterprise Award at the Fremantle Business Awards in 2017, and got the gong for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2016.
“Winning these awards is an incredible affirmation of how we approach our business and adhere to the values we set from the beginning of this journey” explained Anna.
SUMMER SHOWCASE will open on Saturday 5 January, at 2pm and continue until 28th January at Earlywork in South Fremantle. Everyone is welcome.