The Colours of our Country exhibition opened in Perth on September 23 with more than 350 paintings and artefacts from more than 40 Pilbara-based Aboriginal artists.
The exhibition gives Aboriginal artists from the Pilbara the chance to gain recognition and generate income from the sale of their pieces.
Since the launch of the Rio Tinto- supported event in 2006, 1,384 artworks have been sold, generating more than $1.3m for artists, their art groups and communities.
Around 84 per cent of all the Colours of our Country artworks, which have been exhibited during the last seven years of the event, have been sold.
Rio Tinto chief executive Iron Ore Andrew Harding said the exhibition had an important cultural and economic impact.
“This exhibition has grown over its eight-year history to become one of the most comprehensive Pilbara Aboriginal art exhibitions in Western Australia,” Harding said.
“It is more than just an exhibition, as it creates real economic development opportunities for the featured artists, supports the ongoing sustainability of art groups and artists and provides an outlet for cultural expression.”
This year, there are more artworks on display than ever before.
The Roebourne Art Group, Yinjaa- Barni Art and other independent artists from Roebourne, Tom Price and Pannawonica have spent the last few months preparing for the annual exhibition.
Along with the opening of the exhibition on September 23 in the foyer of Perth’s Central Park building,
the Roebourne Art Group’s Loreen and Kathy Samson also participated in an artist in residence program.
The duo spent Monday and Tuesday September 23 and 24 painting in the Central Park foyer with Yinjaa-Barni Art artists Maudie Jerrold and Clifton Mack taking over as the artists in residence on September 26-27.
Roebourne’s Loreen Samson and her artwork titled Ngarluma Country was also selected as the signature piece to promote the 2013 Colours of our Country exhibition.
Colours of our Country runs at Central Park building in Perth from September 23 to October 4 each day from 10am – 4pm, excluding Sundays and public holidays.
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