Reconciliation Week winds up today (Saturday June 3) with a tour of some great First Nation exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre.
Join FAC curator Glenn Iseger-Pilkington as he guides you through an amazing array of art by emerging First Nation artists in Revealed, and then stories of Country, climate and the exchange of knowledge in Kurunpa Kunpu | Strong Spirit.
With more than 300 artworks by over 100 Aboriginal artists from remote, regional and metropolitan WA, Revealed features everything from animation, printmaking, textiles and sculpture to photographic and multimedia works.
“Revealed is an incredible opportunity for the community to experience the richness and vitality of Aboriginal art practice and to immerse themselves in the many First Nations stories, both ancient and contemporary, that make this place we call Western Australia so special,” says FAC director Anna Reece.
Local talent includes Attadale-based artist Michael Cummings. Originally from Albany, he’s a Menang Artist and founder of the Menang Art Movement. Self-taught, he’s been painting contemporary art for more than 20 years.
A young gun to look out for is Booragoon’s Peter Farmer Jnr, an emerging painter and mural artist and son of influential artist and cultural leader Peter Farmer Senior. In total, the exhibition features 98 artists from 29 Aboriginal art centres across WA, plus 18 independent artists.
“From the upper reaches of the Kimberley to the desert plains of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Revealed brings the extraordinary artistic output from all corners of our state here to Walyalup (Fremantle) – showcasing Aboriginal art making in all of its diversity and complexity,” says Iseger-Pilkington.
The other exhibition covered in the tour Kurunpa Kunpu | Strong Spirit features new works from an epic cross-cultural collaboration between Tanya Singer, Errol Evans (of Maruku Arts) and designer Trent Jansen.
Over a three-year period Tanya, Errol and Trent have spent time in each other’s communities, learning from and about each other’s unique relationships with Country, family and community, and engaging with their respective cultural practices and traditions.
The free tour is from 11am – 12pm and starts in the Fremantle Arts Centre inner courtyard, but booking is essential as places are limited. See fac.org.au for more details. Revealed and Kurunpa Kunpu | Strong Spirit are on until July 23.