Because of Her, We Can!

Design / Life

A suite of captivating programs will take centre stage at the Perth Cultural Centre from 7-15 July, in celebration of NAIDOC Week 2018.

Standing for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, NAIDOC Week gives recognition to the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

“This year there has been a commitment to developing programming that celebrates Aboriginal women,” says Kate Roberts, Manager, Visitor Experience. “It has been a joy to respond to the theme, Because of Her, We Can, in both contemporary exhibitions and our permanent collection.”

To celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) is running a variety of free events as part of this year’s program.

Expect guided tours dedicated to Indigenous women’s artwork, a hands-on community canvas project, and an artist talk by First Nation Badimaya artist Julie Dowling.

“As an Artist Educator at AGWA, I feel it is enormously important to be celebrating the richness, resilience and phenomenal contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and amplifying what is often a silenced narrative,” says Lilly Blue, Education and Visitor Experience Officer. “Through our community canvas project, facilitated by Jade Dolman, children and families can contribute to the conversation and collaborate in a shared work of art.

Kicking things off with a free concert by Junkadelic at the Gallery from midday, Saturday 7 July, read on for all FREE events to be held at AGWA throughout the week.

Six Seasons – the Concert

Junkadelic featuring Richard Walley

12-1pm, Saturday 7 July

The Indigenous ‘six seasons’ are the subject of an exciting new musical performance by WA funk/junk favourites, Junkadelic. The new work has a section on each of the seasons – Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang – each one representing the environmental changes and the flowering of many different plants. The high-energy concert features Noongar guest artist Richard Walley.

AGWA’s Indigenous gallery, named in honour of the Six Seasons, is dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art.


Guided Tours

10.30am, Sunday 8 July – Sun 15 July (closed Tue 10 July)

Focusing on works of art made by Indigenous women currently on display, join one of AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides and immerse yourself in a guided tour that looks closely at works by artists such as Julie Dowling, Sally Morgan, Mary McLean, Sandra Hill, Queenie McKenzie, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Brenda L. Croft.


Community Canvas Project: Because of Her We Can

10am -1pm, Monday 9 July

1.30-4.30pm, Wednesday 11 July

1.30- 4.30pm, Thursday 12 July

Suitable for adults and children 8+

Collaborate with Indigenous artist Jade Dolman to create a brand new artwork celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Visit Jade’s website for details on her past projects


WA Now Artist Talk

2-3pm, Saturday 14 July

Hear from First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, for an insight into her artistic practice and her WA Now – Babanyu (Friends for life) display.

The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when Julie emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country. In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.



AGWA’s NAIDOC Week activities are proudly supported by Healthway and the #actbelongcommit campaign.


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