- Pujiman exhibition opens at Port Hedland gallery
- More than 20 Aboriginal artists from the Pilbara took part in the two-year project
Hundreds of artists and art-lovers from across the Pilbara will converge on Port Hedland's West End this evening to celebrate the opening of Pujiman, a collaborative and unique exhibition developed by two of the region's most prominent Aboriginal art centres.
The project brought together the last of the desert-born generation, known as pujiman, with younger emerging artists to develop a contemporary collection of art pieces that pay tribute to Aboriginal culture.
The multi-disciplinary exhibition features animation, film, photography, drawing and acrylic paintings, giving viewers a rare glimpse of life in the remote western desert of the Pilbara.
Pujiman is one of just two exhibitions in Western Australia selected by Art on the Move for a State-wide tour later this year.
The exhibition at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery runs until April 28, and will re-open on May 25 at the East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman, before commencing a State-wide tour.
The project was a collaboration between Spinifex Hill Artists and Martumili Artists, which collectively represent more than 400 practising artists.
The State Government supported the Pujiman project through the Pilbara Development Commission and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Pilbara has an international reputation for producing some of the most spectacular and collectible Aboriginal artwork.
"This exhibition could take this a whole step forward; bringing together some of the world's last uncontacted peoples with 21st century Aboriginal artists has produced real cultural energy.
"Art centres are an important source of local employment, particularly for Aboriginal people, delivering financial independence and a strong connection to their traditional culture."
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"This exhibition will attract many visitors to the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery and the East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman, as well as many more on its State-wide tour.
"Aboriginal artwork is a wonderful part of our Western Australian story and it is fantastic to see it being celebrated in this way.
"I congratulate the Spinifex Hill Artists and Martumili Artists for providing the community with a unique glimpse into life in the remote desert regions of Western Australia."
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400