Tourism Minister Bob Kucera has applauded the success of an indigenous art show in the United States.
More than 2,000 visitors viewed the exhibition at the landmark Brigham Galleries on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts and a number of paintings were sold.
The gallery, which showcases today’s top and emerging and established artists, is the first in a series of displays in countries like the US, South East Asia and Europe to expand the growing interest in Aboriginal art.
Works from Noongar artists Troy Bennell, Shane Pickett and Pauline Moran from the South-West, Julie Weekes from Perth and Lucy Ward, Kitty Green, Annie Nada, Joe Green and Frank Kidby from the Kimberley were on display at the Brigham Galleries during August and September.
“Not only is there a growing appreciation by overseas countries of Aboriginal art, there is also growing interest in indigenous people,” Mr Kucera said.
“Aboriginal art generates more than $300million a year for Australia, but Western Australia generates less than one per cent of that international income.
“The WA Indigenous Art Marketing and Export Unit, within the Department of Industry and Resources, has been set up with the aim of increasing the State’s share of the international Aboriginal art market to 25 per cent over the next four years.
“Art is a medium that crosses many boundaries. The success of these Western Australians is a significant milestone for themselves and an important step towards creating a growing business and more jobs in WA.
“Generating interest in Aboriginal artwork leads to more tourists travelling to our country to experience our indigenous culture.
“Also, displaying indigenous art around the world will help ensure the respect and recognition of our unique Aboriginal culture is enhanced.”
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