Premier Geoff Gallop today opened the Premier’s Reconciliation Exhibition that highlights internationally acclaimed Western Australian Aboriginal art and fashion.
The Reconciliation Exhibition, drawn together by Noongar Moorditj International, features 80 artworks from Noongar artists in the southern region.
It also includes 45 fashion designs from the BushWA Collection which were the highlight of Malaysia Fashion Week in October and were created by Aboriginal textile artist Francine Kickett.
The exhibition has free entry and is being held until this Friday (December 13) in the foyer of Governor Stirling Tower, 197 St George’s Terrace, Perth.
“This art and fashion collection received wide acclaim from Malaysian audiences and will undoubtedly earn the same interest and respect from local audiences during the five day exhibition in Perth,” Dr Gallop said.
“The artists can justifiably feel proud of their work and this is a sample of WA indigenous art and culture that should not be missed.”
The Premier said that the exhibition would also highlight some of the southern region’s Aboriginal tourism operators.
“These include the Wardan Centre at Yallingup; Kodja Place at Kojonup; Pemberton Farm Chalets; Walpole Glassblowers Gallery and the Noongar Moorditj Art Gallery in Albany,” he said.
“The exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for Western Australians to come and see indigenous enterprises in action, and view some fine arts and fashion as well as talk to some leading tourist operators.”
Dr Gallop said that the State Government had a strong commitment to promoting the WA fashion industry and in August this year established a fashion industry taskforce.
He said the taskforce aimed to encourage employment within the local fashion industry, as well as boost exports.
“It is important that the local fashion industry be given every opportunity to showcase its creative talents,” the Premier said.
“The Government is committed to recognising these opportunities and to ensuring that business initiative is applauded.”
In March this year, Noongar artists from throughout the southern region exhibited artworks in Malaysia prompting an invitation to return with another collection next year in the exclusive Petronas Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.
Many of the artworks featured in the Premier’s Reconciliation Exhibition appeared in Malaysia, or are by the same artists whose work went to the South East Asian nation.
In October, fashions by Western Australian Aboriginal textile artists Francine Kickett and designer Pauline Emiliani, were the focal point of a gala invitation-only dinner during Malaysia Fashion Week.
Following its debut in Kuala Lumpur, the BushWA Collection will be launched in Australia tomorrow night at the Governor Stirling Building and will include both day and evening wear.
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