29 July 2017 – August 2018 @ Art Gallery of WA –
The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection.
There are nearly 3,000 Indigenous works of art from across Australia held at the Gallery and each one of these works offers insights, small and large, into Indigenous art, life, culture and experience.
The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art. This exhibition includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to Country.
The exhibition, however, illustrates more than people’s love of Country. It also alerts us to the history and experiences of being an outsider in white Australian society.
Outside includes works of art by artists such as Shane Pickett, Lance (Tjyllyungoo) Chadd, Danie Mellor, Brenda L. Croft, Lena Nyadbi and Lin Onus, who, together, bring the idea of ‘outside’ inside for all of us to see. Paintings, photography, drawings, prints and sculpture fill the show.
Pictured: Danie Mellor Paradise Garden (Different Country, Same Story) 2012. Pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper, 153 x 206 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2012.
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