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Naidoc Week at AGWA

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AGWA is running a variety of FREE events as part of this year's Naidoc Week program, including guided tours dedicated to Indigenous women's artwork on display at AGWA, a hands on community canvas project and an artist talk by First Nation Badimaya artist Julie Dowling.

The programs launch with a live concert by Junkadelic at the Gallery from midday, Saturday 7 July.

Six Seasons – the Concert | FREE
Junkadelic featuring Richard Walley 12-1pm, Saturday 7 July 

The Indigenous ‘six seasons’ are the subject of an exciting new musical performance by WA funk/junk favourites, Junkadelic. The first complete Perth performance will be free at AGWA to launch Naidoc Week in style. The new work has a section on each of the seasons - Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents the environmental changes and the flowering of many different plants. The high energy concert features Noongar guest artist Richard Walley.

AGWA’s Indigenous gallery, named in honour of the Six Seasons, is dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art.

Guided Tours | FREE
10.30am, Sunday 8 July – Sun 15 July (closed Tue 10 July)

Focusing on works of art made by Indigenous women currently on display, join one of AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides and immerse yourself in a guided tour that looks closely at works by artists such as Julie Dowling, Sally Morgan, Mary McLean, Sandra Hill, Queenie McKenzie, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Brenda L. Croft.

Community Canvas Project: Because of Her We Can | FREE
10am -1pm, Monday 9 July 1.30-4.30pm, Wednesday 11 July 1.30- 4.30pm, Thursday 12 July
Suitable for adults and children 8+ 

Collaborate with Indigenous artist Jade Dolman to create a brand new art work celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

WA Now Artist Talk | FREE
2-3pm, Saturday 14 July

In celebration of Naidoc Week, hear from First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, for an insight into her artistic practice and her WA Now – Babanyu (Friends for life) display. The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.


Saturday, July 07 – Sunday, July 15, 2018


Art Gallery of WA
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, Western Australia


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