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Indigenous artworks from remote locations
An exhibition that showcases a collection of contemporary art created in some of Australia's most remote indigenous communities opens at Linden New Arts on Friday 17th July.
New Frontiers features works from locations including the Great Sandy Desert and the East Pilbara in Western Australia.
The exhibiting artists reflect their cultural identity through the creation of their work, as well as incorporating various influences from their present lives.
New Frontiers curator, Melbourne-based Emma McCowan, has encouraged the artists to experiment with their practice, by producing pieces that extend their usual work.
The exhibiting artists include Mabel Wakarta who, as well as presenting her vibrant paintings, displays new work designed to teach children about her painting by involving them in the art-making process. Her passion is to paint her ngurra (home) and her warren (country) so she can teach the young how to paint with energy and enthusiasm.
Mabel Wakarta's Yirajarra is one of the works in the exhibition
Artists Curtis Taylor and Lily Hibberd have collaborated on the The Phone Booth Project (2012). The three-screen video project depicts the unique story around the daily use of pay phones in Western Australian desert communities, from the perspective of the people living there.
A still from The Phone Booth video project
Award winning Western Australian artist, Daniel Walbidi, presents a unique installation piece, a new artwork that extends from his usual paintings. "I paint to educate people about my culture and our history. I also paint so I can learn about my culture from the old people. It is important for me to paint so I can keep my culture strong and living so it can be carried on into the future," says Daniel. Australian Art Collector named Daniel in the Top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists in 2011. His work has been exhibited around the world including the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Kirriwirri, a work by award winning artist Daniel Walbidi
The exhibition runs until 6th September 2015.
Linden New Art is located at 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. The opening hours are: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm, Wednesday 11am - 8pm. Entry is free.
Planning your trip to Linden Gallery
Parking can be difficult in St Kilda, so trams are a great option. Tram stops for routes 12, 16 and light rail 96 are all a short walk away from the gallery.
Paid car parks are located at the Prince of Wales Hotel and the Council car park next to the Palais Theatre. There is no parking at the gallery.