Exhibition displays hope for the future
About 30 Pilbara Aboriginal artists have showcased their work at the 10th Colours of our Country exhibition in Perth.
More than 260 paintings and artefacts from Roebourne Art Group Yinjaa-Barni Art and independent artists from Roebourne, Pannawonica and Tom Price were on display.
According to event sponsor Rio Tinto, there have been more than 1900 pieces sold in the 10 years of the event which has generated $1.75 million for the artists and their communities.
The exhibition was opened by the WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.
Rio Tinto’s iron ore chief executive Andrew Harding presented a piece of art from the exhibition as a gift to the Art Gallery of WA’s State Art Collection.
The signature piece of this year’s exhibition was a painting by Roebourne-based artist Jill Churnside called Hope.
“Jill Churnside’s beautiful painting Hope articulates our wish for a bright future together — one of respect, inclusion and recognition,” Mr Harding said.
This year also featured a retrospective showcase of the 16 artworks given to the AGWA State Art Collection from 2006 to 2014.
Colours of our Country runs until Friday, September 11, and is open 9am-5pm weekdays
The exhibition includes an artist-in-residence program during the first week, providing visitors with an opportunity to interact personally with the artists working in the foyer of the Central Park building.
More information about the exhibition and the catalogue can be found at www.riotinto.com/ coloursofourcountry.
Yinjaa-Barni Art’s Clifton Mack works on one of his lighthouse paintings.
Jill Churnside’s featured piece, titled Hope.
A painting in progress at the Yinjaa-Barni Art studio in Roebourne.