Historic exhibition of Pilbara Aboriginal art opens at Art Gallery of Western Australia

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  • Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara exhibit features over 200 works by over 70 artists
  • The exhibition is a landmark result of the multi-year Tracks We Share project initiated by FORM in collaboration with artists and art centers in Pilbara
  • Supported through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost
  • A new exhibition showcasing art from the Pilbara region opens tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA).

    The Tracks We Share exhibition, running from March 11 to August 28, 2022, celebrates the Aboriginal artists and art centers of Pilbara.

    The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between non-profit arts and culture organization WA FORM, AGWA and Aboriginal art centers Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio and Yinjaa-Barni Art, as well as independent artists Katie West, Curtis Taylor and Jill Churnside.

    The title of the exhibition was devised by a group of exhibiting artists and refers to the many linguistic groups and diverse countries of the Pilbara, while acknowledging the physical, cultural and artistic pathways that connect them all.

    The exhibition is an important result of the larger Tracks We Share project – a multi-year, multi-art project initiated and managed by FORM, and supported by the Pilbara Development Commission. The project has mapped the context, development and diversity of the Pilbara Aboriginal art movement and encompasses traveling exhibitions, art development, art commissions, art residencies, professional development and publication.

    Tracks We Share is supported by the McGowan Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB) program to provide regional access to world-class art. The RETB is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. It promotes the social, cultural and economic development of regional communities.

    The exhibition also coincides with AGWA’s BlakLight program, a month-long celebration of First Nations art and culture, during which AGWA showcases only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. .

    As Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman said:

    “As we begin to welcome visitors back to Western Australia, I am delighted that this extraordinary showcase of world-class artistry in the WA regions is on display in the heart of the city.

    “I encourage all Western Australians to view this remarkable selection of Pilbara Aboriginal art and celebrate the immense cultural value of our state.”

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