Indigenous female artists to be celebrated during exhibiton at the City of Melville

Artitja Fine Art gallery director Anna Kanaris with some of the artworks that will be on display at the City of Melville’s Civic Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Anna Kanaris with City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey, who is supporting the exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Artitja Fine Art gallery director Anna Kanaris with some of the artworks that will be on display at the City of Melville’s Civic Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey Anna Kanaris with City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey, who is supporting the exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey

INDIGENOUS art gallery Artitja Fine Art is teaming up with the City of Melville to celebrate the work of female Aboriginal artists.

The South Fremantle-based art gallery will showcase a range of artworks at the City’s Civic Centre during Naidoc Week, which runs from July 8 to 15.

Our Place – Our Time will include the work of Indigenous artists from remote communities from across Australia and will coincide with this year’s Naidoc Week theme Because of Her We Can.

Gallery director Anna Kanaris said the artwork came from artists in places such as Balgo in remote WA and Indulkana in South Australia.

“It’s an important exhibition because it allows people to make cultural connections,” she said.

“For those who don’t know about Aboriginal culture, it’s a rich culture that still practises its cultural beliefs and you can see that in the artworks.

“I hope people that come in to view the exhibition understand the richness of Aboriginal culture and gain some knowledge.

“The contemporary Aboriginal movement was driven by men in the 1970s but now they are more women involved and it’s important for them to tell their stories.”