Cre­ative tal­ent takes Flight at mar­kets

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ART MAR­KETS West End Mar­kets and day­time ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing, Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery, Au­gust 12, 11am-3pm.

Two ex­cit­ing new ex­hi­bi­tions will open at Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery this week­end, with the West End Mar­kets.

From 11am, the com­mu­nity is in­vited to the Court­house Gallery gar­dens for the Pil­bara’s largest mak­ers mar­kets with dozens of stalls, food, mu­si­cians and en­ter­tain­ment.

The two new ex­hi­bi­tions Flight: Abo­rig­i­nal Per­spec­tives from the Sky and A Year in the Mak­ing of­fi­cially open in the main gallery at 1.30pm.

Flight: Abo­rig­i­nal Per­spec­tives from the Sky show­cases a se­ries of works by artists in Abo­rig­i­nal art cen­tres and in­de­pen­dent artists from all over re­gional Aus­tralia in­clud­ing Spinifex Hill Stu­dio and Mar­tu­mili Artists.

The artworks ex­plore re­la­tion­ships be­tween tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary sto­ries of fly­ing ma­chines, birds, spir­its and dream­ing and the im­pact of flight on the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple’s re­la­tion­ship with the land.

A Year in the Mak­ing is an ex­hi­bi­tion with 12 WA jew­ellery mak­ers, who each chose a theme that all artists used to in­spire and cre­ate a unique piece of jew­ellery.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing jew­ellers in­cluded He­lena Bogucki, Sarah El­son, Claire Moody, Philip Noakes, Julie Ann Ogilvie, Jill Par­nell, Brenda Ridgewell, Leanne Ryan, Jac­quie Spro­goe, Claire Townsend, Chris­tel van Der Laan, Robin Wells.

Spro­goe said it was amaz­ing to see how each artist in­ter­preted the themes. “We all made to one theme for that month and then the next month some­body would set the next theme and we would go away and a month later we would meet and show what we’d all pro­duced,” she said. “Ev­ery­body had the same theme for a month but the re­sponse was so amaz­ingly dif­fer­ent.

“Ev­ery­body worked so in­di­vid­u­ally that when they all came to­gether, it was like 12 to­tally dif­fer­ent themes.”

Par­nell said the more chal­leng­ing themes pro­duced more in­ter­est­ing results. “Some sub­jects like my favourite was the one Robin (Wells) picked which was See­ing the Unseen — that’s such a strange ti­tle and I thought ‘what on earth could that mean?’,” she said.

“But you go to bed and you dream these things up in the mid­dle of the night and you can ad­dress the theme in your way.

“I think that was the one I prob­a­bly put the most into.”

Van Der Laan will con­duct a Reimag­in­ing Pre­cious­ness in Jew­ellery work­shop on Sun­day, Au­gust 13, from 9am-4pm.

A Year in the Mak­ing and Flight: Abo­rig­i­nal Per­spec­tives from the Sky will run at the gallery un­til Septem­ber 23. Visit court­house­gallery.com.au.

Pic­tures: Bew­ley Shay­lor

Jac­quie Spro­goe's piece Fee Fi Fo Fum — Golden Egg in the Nest of the Gi­ant's Magic Hen.

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