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Media ReleaseS

23 October 2018

8 November 2018
22 January 2019

Opening Celebration

Sat 9 Feb 2019

 

Special Events

Desert River Sea

 

 

Desert River Sea - Sibosado

 

Desert River Sea: POrtraits of the Kimberley

the exhibition experience

9 February - 27 May 2019 | FREE

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN

CURATED BY CARLY LANE, CURATOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART

AND EMILIA GALATIS, COMMUNITY LIAISON & PROJECT COORDINATOR

 

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley is the highly anticipated culmination of the Art Gallery of WA’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project, supported by Rio Tinto, Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now.

This landmark exhibition showcasing the vibrant and contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists opens with a cultural celebration on 9 February 2019.


New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.


Daniel Walbidi Wirnpa 2016-2019 (detail)

Art Centres/Artists involved in the exhibition:
• Daniel Walbidi (Bidyadanga)
• Darrell & Garry Sibosado (Lombadina)
• Kira Kiro Art Centre (Kalumburu)
• Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing)
• Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre (Mowanjum)
• Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra)
• Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)
• Warmun Art Centre (Warmun)

The exhibition has been shaped by the people and the places of the Kimberley. Artists and art centres have embraced the opportunity to share their stories of country and lived experience through innovative contemporary art practice.

 

 

Opening Cultural Celebration
10am-5pm, Saturday 9 February 2019 | FREE

Join us for an unmissable celebration of Kimberley art and culture with artist talks, art demonstrations, cultural performances, and family activities.

 

FULL PROGRAM HERE

 


Visit Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now for all the details on the project and artists involved.

 

DRS

 

SpeciaL Events

 

Curator Tour

6-7:30pm, 13 February
$25 AGWA Members / $30 Public

Enrich your Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley experience with an after-hours curator tour. Enjoy a glass of Juniper Estate wine and hear from co-curators Carly Lane and Emilia Galatis. Tour the exhibition at your own pace thereafter.

Bookings essential, capacity limited.

buy tickets

This event is discounted for AGWA Members. Not an AGWA Member? Click here to join.

To join and access the AGWA Members discount immediately, call 9492 6687.

 

On Sacred Ground | Ribnga Green Snr

1-2pm, 25 February
$20 AGWA Members / $24 Public

Hear from Ribnga Green Snr and Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley co-curators Carly Lane and Emilia Galatis in an open dialogue on the intersection of First Nations art, culture, native title and politics in Australia.

Ribnga Green Snr is a Djaru man from the east Kimberley, and narrator and presenter of 1980's On Sacred Ground. Censored for several years, On Sacred Ground documents First Nations connection to Country and the late 1970s’ Noonkanbah Indigenous land rights movement. Ribnga Green Snr narrates and presents as a young Kimberley man and member of the then newly-formed Kimberley Land Council. He has worked as a lawyer, political advisor, Director of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and lecturer at Canberra University and Flinders University. "The basic Aboriginal refrain is that a story must be told... Censorship of things political in a democracy is simply not on." Ribnga Green Snr

 

Bookings essential, capacity limited.

 

buy tickets

 

This event is discounted for AGWA Members. Not an AGWA Member? Click here to join.

To join and access the AGWA Members discount immediately, call (08) 9492 6687.

 

 

On Sacred Ground is also screening at AGWA, 9 February – 20 May, as part of the Desert River Sea exhibition and on the Perth Cultural Centre Screen, 24 February, 5:30-7pm. FREE.

 

 

Project Partner                                                       

Rio Tinto logo

Government Funding Partners

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries        Australia Council for Arts

This project is supported by the State Government through the Royalties for Regions program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

Perth Festival logo    Wesfarmers Arts logo

Presented in association with Perth Festival

 


Garry Sibosado
Aalingoon (Rainbow Serpent) 2018 (detail)
ochre pigment on engraved pearl shell
thirty-four parts, 182 x 28 cm (overall)
Photo: Michael Jalaru Torres at Kooljaman Beach, 2018

Daniel Walbidi

Wirnpa 2016–2019 (detail)

sand installation and digital video

dimensions variable

Courtesy the artist and Short Street Gallery


Sonia Kurarra

at Danggu Geikie Gorge with artwork Noonkanbah Highway 2018 (detail)
synthetic polymer on cow hide
140 x 268 cm
Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

 

 


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