(Pantjiti Mary McLean, 1990)
The Fremantle Arts Centre is opening its doors tomorrow night, July 20th, to open their re-showing of the standout exhibit Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. The ground-breaking show will be accompanied by Running Deep, a show featuring numerous artworks from local West Australian artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo.
The original showing of Bush Women took place nearly 25 years ago and includes spectacular images from senior Aboriginal artists, all from local areas of Western Australia, including Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean.
Running Deep is representative of Story and Thamo’s experiences living and growing up on a shared property in the bush. The various artworks cover numerous mediums, including prints, books, sculptures, dyed textiles, as well as more updated video works.
Not only will the paintings and works be on display all night, the event will double as a book launch for the new book named after the exhibition itself. It is written by the show’s original curator John Kean as well as Dr. Darren Jorgensen and will include forewords from Fremantle Arts Centre’s on Erin Coates and Dr. Sheridan Coleman. With the hopes that the book will spread the messages and criticism that the art itself reflects, it will be available for purchase thanks to support from the Gordon Darling Foundation, who, according to their website, “assists Australian Public Institutions to undertake a wide range of visual art projects…to promote Australian arts.”
The opening night is sure to be a spectacle, featuring a song and dance showcase of Yilimbirri Junba, a dance and a song story about two rainbow serpents, performed by relatives of artist Daisy Andrews. The group, titled the Yilimbirri Junba Dancers have travelled all the way from Fitzroy Crossing to celebrate the amazing showcase of Indigenous artwork.
The art is open for viewing from 6:30pm at the Fremantle Arts Centre at Finnerty Street, Fremantle. After the opening night, the shows will be open to the public the next day through to the 8th of September, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
If you still want more, join Kean and Coates on the 21st of July for an exhibit tour at 2:00pm where you will learn more about the Bush Women show and the artists who created it.
Head down and take in the cultural experience while you can!