Aboriginal Art, Craft and Display

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Aboriginal art, craft and display is breaking new boundaries in sharing one of the oldest living cultures on the planet. Discover the creative side of our Aboriginal culture right in the heart of Perth.


The first people of Perth, the Whadjuk People of the Nyoongar Nation, were our original artists, creators and innovators. The Whadjuk People lived in harmony with the natural environment around them for thousands of years; painting, drawing, sculpture and storytelling was a way of life and often a means of communication.

Today as you walk through the modern precincts of Perth City, take a closer look and discover galleries, architecture, public art installations, walking trails and retail outlets where you can learn, acknowledge and even buy some authentic Aboriginal art, craft or souvenirs for your own collection.

 

WA Now

TIYLLUNGOO/Lance Chadd:: Ibelongyoubelongwebelong | Art Gallery of WA

Tjyllyungoo is the traditional name of the internationally recognised landscape painter, Lance Chadd, a Bibbulmun Nyoongar/Budimia Yamatji man from the south-west of Western Australia. This ‘ibelongyoubelongwebelong’ exhibition displays a distinct Western Australian flavour featuring black swans, blue tongue lizards, black cockatoos, emus and magpies. A wonderful reflection of Aboriginal spirituality and connection to Country.

The exhibition is free, running until to 5 August 2019 and is part of ‘WA Now’, a project space showcasing the work of leading Western Australian artists. Don’t forget to check out the Art Gallery (member of the Indigenous Art Code) gift shopwhich offers a range of authentic Aboriginal gifts, accessories and souvenirs.


Visit www.artgallery.gov.au for full details.

Yagan Square Precinct

Yagan Square | Wellington Street Perth

If you haven’t been to Perth’s Yagan Square precinct yet, now is the time. This hip new multi-level meeting place, event venue, foodie’s delight, market hall, wildflower garden and kids’ adventure destination offers a pretty cool space to hang out. An absolute highlight is the engaging, interactive and immersive public art and architecture throughout the precinct in recognition of Nyoongar culture.
 
Named after the Nyoongar leader, Yagan, Aboriginal cultural reflections can be seen at every turn including the walkways, flowing streams, native gardens, playground, giant canopy and spectacular installations including the ‘Liquid Fire’ Balga plant resin wall by Sharyn Egan and nine-metre ‘Wirin’ sculpture created by Tjyllyungoo/Lance Chad in collaboration with Trish Robinson and Stuart Green (Big Spoon Art Service).
 
The Nyoongar season of ‘Makaru’ will be celebrated in Yagan Square with a host of activities between 21 June to 21 July 2019 as part of the City of Perth's Winter Fest.
 
The ‘Virtual Whadjuk’ virtual reality experience will be running in Yagan Square between 7 to 13 July 2019 as part of NAIDOC Week. (Tickets are FREE, pre-bookings from 24 June 2019)
 
Find out more about this window into Nyoongar culture at www.yagansquare.com.au


MAALINUP

Aboriginal Art, Gifts and Food | Yagan Square Market Hall

Maalinup Yagan Square is a new outlet emerging from the Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery in Henley Brook. Specialising in delicious bushtucker takeaway foods, you will also find an ever-changing selection of authentic Aboriginal art, gifts, books and packaged native food products.

Sampling some bushtucker treats while shopping for unique and authentic gifts makes Maalinup a hidden gem you simply must discover in Perth City.  *100% Aboriginal owned and operated

Maalinup is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated. Visit their gallery at www.maalinup.com.au

Creative Native

Aboriginal Art, Gifts and Souvenirs | Forrest Chase, Murray Street Mall

Creative Native is host to hundreds of unique authentic Aboriginal artworks, artefacts, gifts, jewellery, homewares and souvenirs big and small in their Murray Street Mall showroom.

Aboriginal culture is celebrated here with regular Dreamtime storytelling; artist-in-house events; Welcome to Country ceremonies; and art workshops by local Aboriginal artists. You can even try your hand at playing a didgeridoo at scheduled times which brings a heart-warming melody to the city (when played by a professional of course!).

Creative Native is a member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and Indigenous Art Code. Find out more at www.creativenative.com.au

Elizabeth Quay Precinct

Elizabeth Quay | Perth CBD

Elizabeth Quay is Perth’s picturesque waterfront precinct with sensational views to be admired and photographed (day or night) in every direction. Overlooking the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan in Nyoongar language), Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba), and the Perth City skyline, it is an absolute joy to take a leisurely stroll throughout the Quay and discover a variety of Aboriginal art installations, mosaics, statues, lighting displays and cultural themes throughout its modern design, architecture and Public Art Walk.

‘First Contact’, a five-metre tall, cast aluminium artwork by renowned indigenous artist, Laurel Nannup, is a key highlight (beautifully lit at night); it is inspired by the story of European boats arriving on the Swan River as depicted by the Nyoongar People. ‘Blade Walls’ across the precinct offer a funky way to exhibit art works by local emerging Aboriginal artists.

With so much to soak in, and the variety of new hotels, food and beverage offerings, regular events, cruises, Aboriginal guided tours and cool vibes at Elizabeth Quay, there is no better time to check out the Quay’s Public Art Walk Map and take a self-guided tour!

Optus Stadium Park Art

Optus Stadium and Stadium Park

Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park is located on the eastern shores of the Swan River with scenic views over Matagarup Bridge and the Perth City skyline beyond. Perth’s newest precinct acknowledges the site’s Aboriginal heritage and with guidance from the Whadjuk Working Party, it offers a celebration of Western Australia’s Aboriginal culture within the design, architecture and permanent artworks.

Stadium Park is a beautiful riverside location to walk, run or play in with, indigenous drought-resistant plants incorporated into the landscaping design. The Optus Stadium facade is the canvas for Nyoongar prose and two 4.2-metre cast bronze Message Sticks by Barry McGuire, a well-known Western Australian Aboriginal artist, are situated north-west and south-west of Stadium Park along the Boardwalk.

Learn about Aboriginal history in the area with an upcoming tour by Warrang-Bridil or explore on your own time using the Stadium Park map.

Kings Park

Aboriginal Art, Gifts and Experiences | Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Works by Aboriginal artists from the Aboriginal Art Gallery at Kings Park and Botanic Garden will soon be relocated to the Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop. A great opportunity to rediscover Kings Park – Western Australia’s most visited destination.

While you are there, check out the ‘Boodja Gnarning Walk’ (living off the land) featuring self-guided or Aboriginal guided walks amongst spectacular gardens discovering traditional foods, tools, medicines and shelter of the Nyoongar People from the south-west of Western Australia.

We acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where the City of Perth is today and pay our respects to Elders past and present.