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AGWA Indigenous: Six Seasons

The Gallery’s major Indigenous project, Six Seasons, which launched in 2017, sees AGWA digitise the entire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection and host a permanent dedicated Indigenous art gallery. The first display, opened mid 2017 and runs throughout 2018, Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art.

Indigenous stories that had to be told were given a voice through a PIAF-exclusive, and AGWA's inaugural series, Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak. Kimberley research project Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now continues into its sixth year. New Indigenous art from the Collection can also be viewed at the Nano Gallery digital stations and online in early 2018.

Six Seasons conveys that AGWA aims to cover all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art (the name refers to the Noongar six seasons) and take a holistic view in step with the natural cycle which is at the heart of Indigenous culture.

The strands of Six Seasons include:
• Indigenous-focused Six Seasons Gallery – the first display, Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art now showing at AGWA
• Special exhibition – Everyone has a history, Part One: Plain Speak (ended 13 August 2017)
• Kimberley research project – Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now continues into its sixth year
• AGWA Indigenous Collection online – The online gallery is now live, view it HERE
• Indigenous art Nano Gallery digital station – from early 2018
• WA State Art Collection Your Collection – representation in the main AGWA galleries

WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (Friends for life) on display 3 February through to 13 August 2018

WA Now is one of the displays within the WA Unlimited journey at the Art Gallery of WA - part of AGWA Collection, the refreshed hang of the State Art Collection. Julie Dowling's work also features in the WA Journey gallery which presents WA art from the 1920s to today.

Michael Cook Mother (Merry-go-round) 2016   Bindi Cole Chocka Wathaurung Mob 2007

 

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Michael Cook
Mother (Merry-go-round) 2016
inkjet print on paper
80 x 120 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 2016

Bindi Cole Chocka
Wathaurung Mob 2007
photograph on Rag paper, ed 1/5
94 x 130 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest,
Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2008

 

 

 

 

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