Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    The art of Reconciliation Week

    29/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Noongar artists will be able to showcase their brilliant works at Western Australia’s newest indigenous art gallery.


    Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts today officially opened the ‘True Blue Gallery’ in Fremantle.


    Mrs Roberts said there was no doubt that the gallery would be a popular destination for visitors and tourists to view and purchase local indigenous art.


    “The gallery will help give local artists the opportunity to gain national and international recognition,” she said.


    The gallery’s official opening has been timed to coincide with Reconciliation Week, which is being celebrated nationally this week.


    “Indigenous art is a significant part of the reconciliation process, artists are able to express themselves and tell stories through their inspiring work,” she said.


    The Minister said the gallery space was on two floors of the Union Bank Building, which was recently restored.


    “As well as traditional painting and sculptural works, the gallery features beautiful glass art,” she said.


    “The gallery will be home to the work of an impressive array of local Noongar artists, including Dennis Kickett, Phil Narkle, Vivienne Narkle, Noeleen Brockman,  Deborah Coertse, Mark Radloff and Aaron Hayden.”


    The first formal art exhibition will open in July during National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week.


    Fremantle MLA Jim McGinty said the new gallery featuring indigenous artists was a welcome addition to Fremantle’s thriving art scene.


    “The True Blue Gallery is helping to give local indigenous artists an opportunity to gain recognition and financial benefits from their hard work and amazing talent,” Mr McGinty said.


    Minister's office - 9213 6600