Artists re­veal life sto­ries to city folk

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Wood­side

Emerg­ing Pil­bara artist Cas­san­dra Halden is ex­hibit­ing her works in Perth.

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