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Bush Women: Fresh art from remote WA

Friday 6th July / presented by James Hall

25 years after the original exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre restages the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA.
Bush Women was the first exhibition to combine key Aboriginal artists from WA’s Kimberley region and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of the Western Desert.
The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Living in diverse remote communities in WA these artists painted their culture and the narratives of their lives with authority and vigour, in strikingly individual styles. At the time of the original exhibition in 1994, the work of Aboriginal women from WA was in the nascent stages of its critical recognition, and the work of these six artists had never been exhibited together before. The original Bush Women was curated by John Kean, and helped to generate broader appreciation of these fine artists.

25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA.
Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.

James Hall spoke to curator Erin Coates about the exhibition.

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