John Curtin Gallery

The John Curtin Gallery will be presenting Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow between 24 August and 12 October.

The Spinifex people originally inhabited a 55 000 square kilometre area in the Great Victorian Desert, lying between Warburton in the north and the Nullabor Plain in the south. They gained recognition after reclaiming ancient ancestral land which they were removed from during a British nuclear testing program in the 1950s.

Spinifex artists make regular trips to the country to produce work which traces historical narratives and their relation to this land. This year’s exhibit features a range of artwork by the Spinifex people, loans from private collectors and, until now, rarely seen paintings.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm and every Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Entry is free.

The John Curtin Gallery invites teachers of art, history, social studies and indigenous studies to bring their students to view the works of art on show before its planned international tour.

For further information, contact Samantha Smith on 9266 7347, 0407 386 687 or by e-mail s.smith@curtin.edu.au.