From Shoreham to Fitzroy Crossing by Liz Rogers

Imagine having your home burn down and not having the funds to rebuild. Imagine not being able to access the materials you need because you live in an incredibly remote part of the Kimberley – 2000km from Perth and 500km from Broome in Western Australia to be exact.

Not a great way to ring in the New Year, right?

Susan and Emily from the McCulloch and McCulloch Whistlewood Gallery in Shoreham work on fundraising initiatives with various educational, literacy and health organisations to further the work of Aboriginal programs. When they heard the news about the fire, they got moving.

Aboriginal artist, Bawoorooga man and Gooniyandi traditional healer Claude Carter had his first show with them in conjunction with Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliff in 2011. This social leader and teacher of Law and Culture’s work represents a sacred cave on his treasured land, the power of connectivity to it and is painted with pure Kimberley ochres that Claude mines himself.

“We’ve had the privilege of representing Claude’s work for some time now. His show was a sell-out and people were very impressed by his work and modus. Claude and his wife Andrea Pindan (who is also a leading artist of Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing) spent 16 years building their homeland community of Bawoorooga.  There was an art shed, food garden, native plant nursery and a fruit orchard. The news of the fire is devastating,” explain Susan and Emily. 

The girls at Whistlewood have contributed to a crowd funding platform that has been set up at (Rebuild an Aboriginal Community that Burnt Down) by donating one of Claude’s beautiful paintings entitled Limestone Ridge at Goonboorooru Cave which has just been sold (at time of writing) for $4800. All funds go to the cause with the aim to raise $12,000. 

The gallery also has two additional Claude Carter works available now for purchase as every sale helps.

Nice work ladies – from Shoreham to beyond.

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