Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley

Part of the Perth Festival 2019, this landmark exhibition is an exciting, experimental, and current look at Aboriginal art from the Kimberley.

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.

A celebration of AGWA’s six-year Kimberley Aboriginal arts project Desert River Sea, supported by Rio Tinto, 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.

Don't miss the opening cultural celebration on Saturday 9 February 2019 with artist talks, performances and demonstrations including pearl shell carving, cow hide shaving and ochre-crushing. Visit for the full program.

Image credit - Ngarralja Tommy May Untitled 2018. Synthetic polymer and paint pen on sheep hide, 122 x 158.5 cm. Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.




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    Perth WA 6000

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