Arte­facts join Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal art at ex­hi­bi­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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