Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley – The Exhibition Experience

Exhibition and Shows

9 Feb 2019 to 27 May 2019

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley is an exciting, experimental and current look at Aboriginal art from the Kimberley, Western Australia. The show brings together over 150 new and old works that reveal the many faces and features of contemporary Aboriginal art from the region.

This landmark exhibition celebrates the conclusion of a six-year visual arts research and development project between the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Aboriginal artists and art centres in the Kimberley.

At the heart of the exhibition is a group of eight commissions. Made by more than forty artists from six art centres and three independent artists, the commissions present as eight installations that are as diverse as much as they are alike. Each installation represents a different journey toward the same destination of individual and collective cultural expression. Experimental in both intent and form, the installations range from leather cow hides to video and animation, to paintings in sand, ochre and acrylic, to glass works, drawing and photography, as well as small and large-scale geometric designs on pearl shell and steel. These works capture the creativity, imagination and texture of Kimberley art and culture.


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Free Entry

Event Times

9 Feb 2019 to 27 May 2019

Once Only Event


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, 6000

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