South Fremantle: Artitja Summer Showcase exhibition to feature works from remote Aboriginal communities

Director Anna Kanaris at Artitja Fine Art. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Director Anna Kanaris at Artitja Fine Art. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

ARTITJA Fine Art’s Summer Showcase Exhibition is a chance for emerging artists to express who they are and share their culture.

The exhibition will feature canvases, objects, works on paper and paintings.

Mimi carvings and two-metre larrakitj poles will also feature in the exhibition.

The poles are hollow logs from Yirrkala in north east Arnhem land, which were traditionally used as burial poles, but are now important cultural objects with ochre designs.

Artitja Fine Art’s gallery director Anna Kanaris said the work is from remote Aboriginal communities around Australia.

“The areas include the West Australian desert area, Pilbara, Kimberly, Northern Territory and the north of South Australia,” she said.

“This particular exhibition brings together all works from throughout the year.”

Ms Kanaris said the timing of the exhibition allows them to receive commissions.

“Many art centres and galleries are closed, having the exhibition now allows people to come and buy the works,” she said.

“For the artists they aren’t painting at the moment because it’s too hot – this is an opportunity for them.”

The Gallery director said the work is not just pictures on a wall.

“We like to engage with our audience and give them a picture of where it comes from, the country, the people and their culture,” she said.

“We want people to connect to the art.”

The exhibition will run until Monday January 28.