Ex­hi­bi­tion dis­plays hope for the fu­ture

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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.

Pic­tures: Rio Tinto

Yin­jaa-Barni Art’s Clifton Mack works on one of his light­house paint­ings.

Pic­ture: Chris­tian Spro­goe

Jill Churn­side’s fea­tured piece, ti­tled Hope.

A paint­ing in progress at the Yin­jaa-Barni Art stu­dio in Roe­bourne.

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