The Perth Exhibition You Need To See

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The Perth Exhibition You Need To See

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See Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara at AGWA
perth exhibition - tracks we share

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is home to incredible exhibitions on the regular, and Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara is no exception. 

It’s just one stunning outcome of a landmark project celebrating the Aboriginal artists and artwork of Western Australia’s Pilbara region, bringing together more than 70 artists and over 200 artworks of striking colours and bold stories. If there’s any one place to get your eyes on some of the most exciting work currently coming out of the region, this is it. 

The show is a collaboration between Western Australian non-profit arts and cultural organisation FORM Building a State of Creativity; The Art Gallery of Western Australia; Aboriginal art centres Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio, and Yinjaa-Barni Art; and independent artists Katie West, Curtis Taylor, and Jill Churnside. 

All the pieces here offer a rare insight into the contemporary art coming out of the Pilbara from a range of talented artists while also paying homage to the legacy that has informed it. 

The Perth Exhibition You Need To See
Robina Clause, Judith Anya Samson & Corban Clause Williams at Martumili Artists. Photo by Claire Martin

It’s a vast take on Aboriginal art and a chance for visitors to learn, admire and grow their sense of culture. Simply put; if you’re a fan of art and First Nations culture, this is unmissable. 

What to expect from the collection

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Photo: Sundae Studio

Picture walking into a spectacular selection of stunning acrylic paintings accompanied by works on paper, installations, film, animation, photographs, sculptures, and carvings. 

The assorted range of works together combine to highlight the immense artistic diversity that exists within the region while referencing and telling stories of ancient knowledge and modern events.

Part of a wider purpose

The exhibition is one outcome of the wider Tracks We Share project. 

It’s a multi-year and multi-artform project documenting the context, development, and diversity of the Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement.

The area is ancestral homelands to a number of Aboriginal communities whose stories and experiences have informed and shaped Tracks We Share.

FORM’s CEO Tabitha McMullan explained how important something like this is. 

“Developed over more than three years, Tracks We Share will take audiences on a journey from the coast to the desert while paying homage to some of the iconic artists, past and present, who have driven the Pilbara’s art movement. It presents a long-overdue showcase of the extraordinary artistic diversity of the Pilbara region, and we are beyond excited to share it with new audiences.” 

And the title? Devised by a group of the exhibiting artists to reference the many language groups and diverse Country of the Pilbara, while acknowledging the physical, cultural, and artistic tracks that connect them all.

The Perth Exhibition You Need To See
Aileen Sandy at Yinjaa-Barni Art. Photo by Claire Martin
The Perth Exhibition You Need To See
Wendy Hubert at Juluwarlu Art Group. Photo by Claire Martin
The Perth Exhibition You Need To See
Wendy Warrie of Cheeditha Art Group. Photo by Claire Martin

Get in and see it now

See Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara on display at The Art Gallery of Western Australia now until 28 August 2022.

To find out more visit tracksweshare.com.au


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