Words: Erin Irwin
Boasting a massive line-up of more than 100 artists, the 2023 edition of Revealed: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists is set to open this May. Held at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, the exhibition will see works by Aboriginal artists from across the state form an experiential exploration of culture, Country, and personal experience.
Curated to fill the space from floor to ceiling, the show will feature works that span a vast array of mediums, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, animation, multi-media installation, and photography. This variety reflects both the prowess and creativity of the artists, as well as their diverse range of practices and experiences.
“Revealed is an incredible opportunity for the community to experience the richness and vitality of Aboriginal art practice” says Fremantle Arts Centre Director Anna Reece, “and to immerse themselves in the many First Nations stories, both ancient and contemporary, that make this place we call Western Australia so special.”
The show pays special attention to new and emerging artists, with Reece stating that “unlike any exhibition of its kind in Australia, [Revealed’s] focus on emerging practice provides a career launchpad for the next generation of Aboriginal artists”.
Participants were selected for the exhibition by a panel of experts, including Nyoongar artist Sharyn Egan, Palyku author and curator Jessyca Hutchens, Bardi artist Ron Bradfield, and Nhanda and Nyoongar curator Glenn Iseger-Pilkington.
“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.
Participating Art Centres include Bidyadanga Artists, Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Kira Kiro Artists, Ku’arlu Mangga, Langford Aboriginal Association, Maruku Arts, Martumili Artists, Minyma Kutjara Arts Project, Mowanjum, Nagula Jarndu Designs, Ninuku Arts, Noongar Arts Program, Papulankutja Artists, Spinifex Arts Project, Spinifex Hill Studio, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Tjarlirli Art, Tjukurba Art (Shire of Wiluna), Warakurna Artists, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Warlayirti Artists, Warmun Art Centre, Wirnda Barna Art Centre and Yamaji Art, whose members will exhibit alongside independent artists Bianca Long, Candy Riley, Darryl Dempster, Diahan Riley, Diane Dawson, Emily Rose, Enid Kickett, Gail Cox, Jarvis Merrit, J.D. Penangke, Kaylee Emery, Mandy White, Michael Banks, Michael Cummings, Peter Farmer Jnr, Shannon Clohessy, Wendy Jean Hayden, Whitton Park, Valerie Woods and Zali Morgan.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 6 May – Sunday 23 July, with an opening event Friday 5 May, 6pm. The Revealed Art Market will run Saturday 6 May, 11am – 5pm.
For more information, including a full list of participants and details on how to RSVP to the opening event, visit the Fremantle Arts Centre website here.
This article was posted 10 April 2023.
Image: Maisie Ward, Bush Tucker (detail), 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91.5cm. Courtesy: the artist, Spinifex Hill Studio, Port Hedland WA, and Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth.