Creative talent takes Flight at markets
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.
Jacquie Sprogoe's piece Fee Fi Fo Fum — Golden Egg in the Nest of the Giant's Magic Hen.