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Colours of Our Country 2016

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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The Pilbara's Magic Has Arrived In Perth
Situated in Western Australia's rugged north-west, the Pilbara region is home to one of the world's oldest cultures and several Indigenous Australian language groups have lived in the region for over thirty thousand years. Indigenous Australian art is deeply linked to ancient spiritual traditions and the connection of individuals to their ancestral lands, and this not only manifests in historic ceremonial sites and rock engravings throughout the region, but also in many of the works that are being produced today by contemporary artists. Celebrating the rich and ancient creative heritage of the Pilbara, this month Rio Tinto is presenting its eleventh annual Colours Of Our Country exhibition in the Central Park building foyer at 152 158 St George's Terrace.

Image courtesy of Allery Sandy - After the Rain
Image courtesy of Allery Sandy - After the Rain


Taking place from Monday 5th until Friday 16th of September, the exhibition will bring the colour and magic of the Pilbara 'down south' to Perth, and include over 300 paintings and artefacts by 44 of the region's most talented artists. The Pilbara boasts a vibrant arts scene, and artists from several regional art centres will be represented at this exhibition, including Yinjaa Barni Art, Roeboune Art Group, Cheeditha Art Group and Bornugorndi Artifacts, along with independent artists from Roebourne, Pannawonica and Tom Price.

During the first week of the exhibition, as part of its artist in residence program, it will be possible to meet some of the featured artists - a rare opportunity to see these talented artisans at work. All works are available for purchase and are highly collectable, with both established and young emerging artists being represented. The proceeds all go back to the artists and their communities, so by purchasing some of these exquisite works you're not only getting a unique object of beauty for your home, but are also supporting these gifted artists, all who live in some of Australia's most remote communities. For over a decade Colours of Our Country has been instrumental in showcasing the art of the Pilbara, with over 1,700 artworks having been sold and over two million dollars raised through their sale.

This year's Colours Of Our Country exhibition will take place from Monday September 5th until Friday September 16th in the foyer of the Central Park building at 152 158 St Georges Terrace in Perth. It will be open from 9am until 5pm, weekdays. Please note, the exhibition will not be open on the weekend.

For more information about Colours Of Our Country, take a look at its catalogue here. For further information contact Nan Richards at 0417 184 290.
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Why? This awesome exhibition brings the magic of the Pilbara the Perth!
When: Weekdays only - 9am to 5pm - Monday September 5 to Friday September 16
Phone: Nan Richards - 0417 184 290.
Where: The foyer of the Central Park building at 152 158 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Cost: Free admission
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