Artists reveal life stories to city folk
A Perth CBD art exhibition is highlighting the depth of indigenous artwork coming out of Roebourne and surrounds to large audiences this week .
The Ngurra Nyingu exhibition, now in its ninth year, showcases works from the Roebourne, Yinjaa-Barni and Cheeditha Art Groups, independent Roebourne artists and artefacts from Mingullatharndo. This year, emerging Pilbara artist Cassandra Halden’s piece Places of Gathering is being used in all advertising materials developed to promote the exhibition.
Halden said she had drawn inspiration from her nan’s knowledge of country in creating the piece.
“It’s basically like all the different landmarks and stuff around Yindjibarndi country,” she said.
“My nanna told me all the stories of different places you could go to. It’s basically like a map for me so I know when I tell me kids this is where this place is, look for that tree, that hill.”
Halden said her nanna was proud of the work but being a well-respected artist herself, had plenty of tips for improvement as well.
Several artists will be travelling to Perth from Roebourne.
Emerging Pilbara artist Cassandra Halden is exhibiting her works in Perth.