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Friday, 8th February 2019

Reception for visiting Kimberley artists 

The Governor and Ms Annus hosted a reception for visiting Kimberley artists from the ‘Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley’ exhibition, which opens at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on Saturday February 9th, part of Perth Festival.

The artists belong to a group who have worked on eight different commissions which will be displayed alongside a selection of legacy works in this immersive exhibition which celebrates the art of the Kimberley region.

Aboriginal art shares with us the stories of the oldest continuous civilisation on this earth. I encourage everyone to pay a visit to this free exhibition.

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

Read more about Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley

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Governor poses for photo with woman and they are laughing

The Governor with Leah Umbagai – Artist, Mowanjum Arts, Derby

The Governor in a group photo with Aboriginal artists at Government House

The Governor with representatives from Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing

The Governor puts his arm around the shoulder of a man as they smile at camera

The Governor with Mervyn Street – Artist and Chairman, Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing

The Governor shares a warm handshake with a woman

The Governor with Caroline Sibosado from Lombadina

The Governor in a large group photo with Aboriginal artists in front of Government House staircase

The Governor with artists from the Kimberley who have worked on eight different commissions which form the heart of the Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition, opening as part of the Perth Festival on Saturday 9th February.

Aboriginal artist with his family poses next to their painting on display at Government House

The Governor and Ms Annus are immensely proud and privileged to have a variety of Aboriginal art on display at Government House, with thanks to the Le Pley collection. Three of the paintings are pieces by artists Christine Yukenbarri from Warlayirti Artists in Balgo and Daniel Walbidi (pictured with his family), an independent artist from Bidgydanga. Daniel’s painting is titled ‘Kirriwirri’ after his grandparent’s country.

Aboriginal artist stands in front of her painting on display at Government House

The Governor and Ms Annus are immensely proud and privileged to have a variety of Aboriginal art on display at Government House, with thanks to the Le Pley collection. Three of the paintings are pieces by artists Christine Yukenbarri from Warlayirti Artists in Balgo (pictured with Jude Le Pley) and Daniel Walbidi (an independent artist from Bidgydanga). Christine’s painting is titled ‘Winpurpurla’ after her mother’s country south of Balgo.