ART BRIDGING GAP
Kanaris said it could take some doing to get the artwork to Fremantle and planning an exhibition could start as much as two years in advance.
“It can be a bit risky, because the way I work is that I only show artists work that appeals to me, so I need to trust my ‘eye’ as I choose aesthetically, rather than who the artist is and how well they are known,” she said.
“Where possible, once I have the go ahead on an exhibition I make every attempt to visit the art centre to make the personal selection, but if the community is too remote I select via images and the art is then freighted to us.
“Mostly we work with acrylics and the paintings are sent rolled, but our most recent exhibition was barks and larrakitj (poles) and was the ‘heaviest’ exhibition we have received.
“Just the larrakitj weighed between 15-25kg and over 20 barks were sent packaged.”
The gallery’s work was recognised this year with a Fremantle Business Award in the Outstanding Cultural Enterprise category.
Kanaris said she wanted to do her part to bridge the gap between metropolitan Perth and some of the state’s most remote artists.
“We very strongly believe that making cultural connections is so important, and that many indigenous artists paint not just because that is their profession but because they want the non-indigenous world to learn about their culture and stories,” she said.
Anna Kanaris at Artitja Fine Art.