South Fremantle: gallery celebration of female artists

Anna Kanaris is opening Desert Women Art exhibition on International Women''s Day Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Anna Kanaris is opening Desert Women Art exhibition on International Women''s Day Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A CELEBRATION of female artists will be on display at Artitja Fine Arts in South Fremantle.

The exhibitions will open on International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8.

Artitja Fine Arts gallery director Anna Kanaris said the gallery would celebrate its 15th anniversary in March and she had always felt connected to International Women’s day.

“It is a celebration of 15 years of amazing stories and creations that come out of the desert and continue to do so,” she said.

“My natural selection process always seems to fall on women artists’ work.

“This is the first time we have also exhibited a non-Aboriginal artist, Marina Strocchi, who has been involved with mentoring of artists since the 1990s, living in the desert and working in her own art practice.”

Ms Kanaris said there would be a cultural mix, with the exhibitions having their own take on environment.

“Marina’s exhibition is a solo exhibit; her theme is coastal and the experience of our coastal lifestyle,” she said.

“Marina has recently been on a field trip with remote community artists from the Ninuku art centre near the tri-border coast (WA, Northern Territory and SA) and we have been granted permission to show the extensive photographs that were taken on that field trip.”

Ms Kanaris hoped people felt moved, happy and intrigued by the art.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: Desert Women Cultural Expression

WHEN: Friday March 8

WHERE: Artitja Fine Arts