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Revealed Exhibition

In the Revealed exhibition more than 60 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from all over the state demonstrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary WA Aboriginal art. Featuring paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, videos and weaving from 22 Aboriginal art centres, the enticing and sometimes surprising exhibition presents the work of artists from remote communities alongside those from regional towns and metropolitan Perth. All work is for sale. Revealed is an annual program, funded by the Western Australian State Government, that brings WA Aboriginal arts centres to Perth for an art market, workshops, training, public symposium and exhibition. In 2016 Fremantle Arts Centre presents Revealed for the first time. Opening Fri 8 Apr | 6:30pm Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle

Revealed Film Night: Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Putuparri and the Rainmakers is a universal story about the sacred relationship between people and place. It takes audiences on a rare and emotional journey to meet the traditional rainmakers of WA’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland. Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: the deeply spiritual universe of his people's traditional culture and his life in modern society where he struggles with alcoholism and domestic violence. As he reconnects with his ancestral lands and learns about his traditional culture he begins to accept his future as a leader of his people and his responsibility to pass this knowledge onto the next generation. The film is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds. Director Nicole Ma documents Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, a sacred waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert where they ritually make rain. Kurtal is a site of deep spiritual significance for Putuparri and his family and the subject of a long term native title claim over the area. The film has been made with incredible care and consideration to the cultural leaders who were involved, creating a model for the contemporary representation of remote Aboriginal people, whose histories are often silenced. This screening is part of Revealed 2016, an event that brings together emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA, providing a platform for remote voices to be heard and an opportunity to connect with urban audiences. Mangkaja Artists is a leading Aboriginal art centre in Fitzroy Crossing that represents multiple language groups of the area. Senior Mangkaja Artists who feature in the film collaborated with the director, Nicole Ma, for over 10 years. Mangkaja Artists will be present at the screening, along with over 20 other remote and regional arts organisations from all over WA who are at Fremantle Arts Centre for Revealed 2016, an emerging Aboriginal artist showcase comprising of an exhibition, symposium and art market. Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle

Revealed Symposium

The annual Revealed Symposium is an important forum for the contemporary Aboriginal art sector, with key stakeholders coming together to discuss the major issues affecting the industry. This year renowned Brisbane-based artist Michael Cook will deliver the keynote address. Considered one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Aboriginal artists, he will discuss his photomedia practice and recent exhibitions including Art Basel Hong Kong 2016. The Symposium will also feature a lively panel debate entitled How Do You Sell? Making and Marketing Indigenous Art, discussing strategies to overcome the challenges of selling art from remote regional locations. 1pm Welcome to Country from Matthew McGuire Introduction: Duncan Ord (WA), Director General, Dept of Culture and the Arts Duncan Ord worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years before joining the public service in 2003, where most recently he was Deputy Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He is a former Dean of Performing Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and was instrumental in founding Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company, where he was involved in the premiere seasons of Bran Nue Dae and Jack Davis’ No Sugar. He has had a long association with the Aboriginal community throughout his career. 1:15pm Keynote Address: photographer Michael Cook (QLD) Michael Cook is from Queensland’s Bidjara people. Adopted as a baby by a non-Indigenous family, he was later encouraged to find his Aboriginal birth mother and to explore his Indigenous heritage. Originally a successful commercial fashion photographer, Cook’s expertise in digital image-making and post-production techniques lends an ethereal quality to his re-visioning of Australian history. 2pm Dr Mathew Trinca (ACT) Co-labour Not Consultation: The Making of the Encounters Project Encounters features rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum, collected from 1770 onwards. This unique exhibition reveals the voices, emotions and stories connected to these powerful objects, including a significant presence of Nyoongar histories. 2:30pm Afternoon tea 3pm Panel Discussion: How Do You Sell? Making and Marketing Indigenous Art How are Indigenous artists, art centres and gallery owners managing?Is it about art, business, or much more?Is everyone behaving fairly and ethically?What about the quality of work?Should buyers be more savvy? The following panellists reveal their thoughts Sandra Hill (WA), Nyoongar artist Sandra Hill is a stolen generations Nyoongar artist, now living in Perth. Hill produces intensely personal works exploring identity, loss and the long history of assimilation in Australia and its consequences for her, her family and Aboriginal people. Sarah Court (SA), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Sarah Court was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in April 2008 and is a former senior lawyer and Director with the Australian Government Solicitor. She has extensive experience in Commonwealth legal work, including restrictive trade practices, consumer protection and law enforcement litigation. Court oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and is the Chair of the Commission’s Enforcement Committee. Helen Carroll (WA), Curator, Wesfarmers Collection Wesfarmers has one of the most significant corporate art collections in the country. Prior to joining Wesfarmers in 1999, Helen Carroll held the position of Public Programmes Coordinator and Curator of Australian Art at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA. Carroll currently oversees Wesfarmers’ extensive commitment to supporting the performing and visual arts sector in WA and nationally. Julienne Penny (WA), Director, Tunbridge Galleries Julienne Penny is the Director and owner of Tunbridge Gallery, previously located in Margaret River and now based in Subiaco, Perth, which specialises in contemporary Aboriginal art. Penny was a lawyer for 30 years, a Family Court judge for ten years and is still a practicing mediator. Ian Plunkett (WA), Co-Director, Japingka Gallery Ian Plunkett helped establish the Aboriginal design-based company Desert Designs in Europe, and was involved in marketing Aboriginal art in London and Europe from 1989. Plunkett has been Co-Director of Japingka Gallery since 1995. He was a founding member of The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association, and has an ongoing commitment to promoting not only the unique Indigenous fine art of Australian Aboriginal artists, but also the exceptional culture that is an integral part of the art. He is also a board member of the Indigenous Art Code.Mervyn Street (WA), Senior Artist; Director and Previous Chairman, Mangkaja Arts and Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre; Senior Cultural Leader, Gooniyandi Language GroupMervyn Street is a Gooniyandi man. Gooniyandi is one of the two river groups from the country around Fitzroy Crossing. He was born at Louisa Downs Station and speaks fluent Gooniyandi as well as English. Street grew up on the stations and station life is a regular subject in his artworks. He is an accomplished author, illustrator, carver and painter. Street is an important leader for art and culture in Muludja, Yiyili and Pull Out Springs communities, actively promoting the importance of retaining culture and the many benefits for Indigenous communities to continue living in their remote homelands. He is a former Chairman of Mangkaja and Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC). Billy Chestnut, Jirrinkin and Dungow, 2016, atelier acrylic paint on canvas, 90 x 90cm Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle

Revealed: WA Aboriginal Art Market

Featuring more than 20 Aboriginal arts centres from across the state, the Revealed Art Market brings a huge range of original works to Fremantle Arts Centre this April. Filled with paintings, textiles, woven items, artefacts, ceramics, jewellery and more, this is a rare opportunity to buy affordable works by new and emerging artists directly from Aboriginal-owned art centres. Bringing together art centres from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields, Western Desert and Great Southern regions, as well as metropolitan Perth, visitors have the chance to meet the artists and appreciate the vitality and diversity of contemporary WA Aboriginal art. Visitors can also enjoy wood carving demonstrations and participate in weaving workshops. Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle