Artefacts join Pilbara Aboriginal art at exhibition
In the biggest exhibition to date, 44 Pilbara Aboriginal artists will showcase 300 paintings and artefacts at the 11th annual Colours of our Country Aboriginal art exhibition.
The exhibition, held at Perth’s Central Park, has generated more than $2 million in sales over the past 10 years for artists, art groups and communities.
The artworks showcase the talent of independent artists from Roebourne, Pannawonica and Tom Price, artists from Roebourne Art Group, YinjaaBarni Art Group and Cheeditha Art Group, and for the first time, Bornugorndi Artefacts.
Sponsor Rio Tinto chief executive Chris Salisbury said there was extra significance this year with the event coinciding with Rio Tinto’s 50th anniversary.
“The exhibition is one of many successes we have achieved through working collaboratively with Pilbara Aboriginal communities and traditional owner groups over the past 50 years,” he said.
“We couldn’t have progressed as far as we have without the generosity of the Pilbara Aboriginal communities neighbouring our operations who have not only helped to guide our own understanding but have welcomed us as partners in helping to pave a brighter future together.
“Colours of our Country offers us an opportunity to deepen our cultural awareness and understanding.”
State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the event gave the people of Perth a snapshot of the art, stories and customs of traditional owners in the Pilbara region.
“The exhibition is part of Rio Tinto’s commitment to delivering substantial benefits to Western Australian communities,” he said.
The exhibition is open until September 16.