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East meets west in unique Art Parade and exhibition at Whistlewood

New canvases by Indigenous artists of the Eastern Desert’s Utopia region and those from the Western desert art centre of Warlukurlangu at Yuendumu off the Tanami Track, feature in Whistlewood’s Winter Salon + Art Parade on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“As the theme of the show is the diversity of colour in Aboriginal art, we’ve selected works from these communities as they were groundbreaking in the late 1980s for their use of brilliant colour,’’ says Whistlewood’s co-curator Susan McCulloch, of the Shoreham-based art company McCulloch & McCulloch.

She will open the show on the Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday weekend with one of McCulloch & McCulloch’s unique Art Parades, in which more than 80 works are shown by a team of paraders while Ms McCulloch provides insight into the artists, their works and meanings.

Alongside canvases by Utopia artists including Emily Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Charmaine Pwerle and Selina Teece Pwerle and those from Yuendumu, is a great variety from around Australia. They include jewel-like landscapes and ‘bush medicine’ paintings from Central Australia, brilliant new paintings from the APY Lands and sweeps of colour by artists of the Pilbara. ‘‘We also have a group called ‘It’s not just black and white’ as there are also some gorgeous new works in soft greys and striking black and whites highlighted by touches of colour.’’

Art Parade: Saturday, June 11, at 2.30pm, places limited and bookings essential online at or as below

Exhibition open Sunday, June 12, and Monday, June 13,10.30am – 4pm.

A: 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham
T: 5989 8282

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