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Travelling Through Country: Australian Aboriginal Artists
March 2, 2022 @ 11:00 am - April 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
JGM Gallery’s new exhibition, Travelling Through Country, features works by 20 leading Australian Aboriginal artists and takes us on a journey from the rugged rock formations of the Kimberley region, across the dry Central Desert region, and on to the tropical Arnhem Land.
Among the artists whose works are featured in the exhibition are five Warmun artists – part of a natural ochre painting movement from the Kimberley, a plateau region in northern Western Australia. Warmun, in Gija Country, was settled by people from different countries displaced by the stock farming in the area after Aboriginal workers were given equal wages in the late 1960s.
The distinctive art movement of the East Kimberly rose to international prominence through the work of Rover Thomas (1926-1998), who represented Australia at the Venice Biennale of 1990. Rover started to use the local ochres on canvas to bring the sense of Country closer – to turn the view of Country into an experience of the land’s textures and the white ochres glistening like stars.
The exhibition is presented as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-2022, organised jointly by the British Council and the Australian Government.