Pilbara art on display in Perth

The 11th Colours of our Country Aboriginal art exhibition has opened in Perth today, showcasing 300 art pieces from 44 Pilbara-based Aboriginal artists.

The exhibition provides the opportunity to meet the featured artists from multiple Indigenous art groups, with all featured artworks going up for sale.

Since its launch in 2005, more than 1700 artworks have been sold, generating $2 million for the artists and their communities.

The Roebourne Art Group features 70 artists from Indigenous backgrounds, and was established to encourage artists to share their culture, country and stories through paint.

Roebourne spokesperson Rex Widerstrom said the artwork was of extreme importance to the members of the group, because they paint past stories to save the history of their culture.

“Art has been literally taken away due to mining and weak protections,” he said.

“We are helping take old stories which are no longer particularly prevalent in order to save our history and appreciate it, because it is part of Australia’s Indigenous identity.”

The Colours of our Country art exhibition is located at 152-158 St George’s Terrace, and runs until September 16.

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