RIO Tinto’s seventh annual ‘Colours of our Country’ Aboriginal art exhibition has pushed its cumulative total of sold artwork beyond $1 million.
This year’s 270-piece exhibition closed last month, selling 80 per cent of the artwork. Proceeds from the sales exceeded $222,000 and were divided among the artists and two indigenous Roebourne art groups, the Roebourne Art Group and Yinjaa-Barni Art.
The art groups use the money to fund their expenses. Rio Tinto also provides assistance with their operating costs.
This year also signified the first time touring Chinese artists from the ‘Two Generations’ exhibition were able to meet the Aboriginal artists in the Pilbara.