Desert River Sea Opening Cultural Celebration

Published by: Art Gallery of WA | 8-Jan-2019
Join AGWA for an unmissable celebration of Kimberley art and culture with artist talks, art demonstrations, cultural performances, and family activities.
Venue: Art Gallery of WA
Address: Perth Cultural Centre
Date: Saturday 9 February 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Ticket: FREE
Call: 08 9492 6600
Learn about the art of pearl shell carving with the Sibosado brothers - Darrell and Garry, and bush-dying with natural materials with Eva and Ivy Nargoodah.

Hear from Mowanjum Arts on ochre crushing and Wandjina Rock art education, or watch Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts carve and shave a cow hide. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts will demonstrate boab nut carving.

AGWA and art centre curators, along with artists will talk about their experiences across the day.

Listen to live music by David Pigram and browse handmade items including carved pearl shells, dyed silks, textiles, and jewellery at the AGWA Shop.


9 February - 27 May 2019 | FREE

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.

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

Newly commissioned works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists are presented alongside a selection of culturally significant pieces 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.

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