30/05/2013 - 11:55

ATCO backs indigenous art

30/05/2013 - 11:55

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Artwork by Tiyllyungoo (Nyoongar). Photo: Russell James

Perth-based energy infrastructure company ATCO Australia has announced it will support two new exhibitions to be presented by indigenous art group Nomad Two Worlds.

ATCO Australia previously partnered with Nomad in 2011 to support its Portrait of Diversity exhibition, which was presented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

The first of the new exhibitions will include a collaboration of artworks by Nomad founder Russell James and Noongar artist Lance Chadd, as well as original works by Mr Chadd.

The pieces will feature in the Linton & Kay Galleries in St Georges Terrace for eight days in early July.

A second exhibition will be run in conjunction with World Indigenous People's Day on August 9, and will include additional collaborations between Russell James and other indigenous artists from Australia, North America, and Haiti.

ATCO Australia managing director Steven Landry said the company was looking forward to continuing its partnership with Nomad Two Worlds.

"Nomad Two Worlds is an organisation that has a strong base in Western Australia and is dedicated to promoting indigenous artists through collaborative artwork and performance," Mr Landry said.

"This partnership is a great fit for ATCO Australia and our commitment to enriching the lives of the communities in which we operate."

ATCO Australia is part of the ATCO Group of Companies, which has 9,400 employees and holds assets of about $14 billion.

Nomad Two Worlds began as a collaboration project between photographer Russell James and Australian indigenous artists and has expanded to form the Nomad Two Worlds Foundation, which has enabled other indigenous cultures to become involved in the works.

In 2009, Nomad Two Worlds presented its first collaborative art opening in New York City, which was inspired by the 2008 public apology to indigenous Australians by (then) prime minister Kevin Rudd.

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