Focus on South West Indigenous art

THE South West Development Commission will officially launch the Moorditj Aboriginal Art Exhibition tomorrow as part of a plan to boost the South West Aboriginal art industry.

The works of nine professional artists are on display at the exhibition at Amberley Estate, including artwork from Lance Chadd, Troy Bennell, Elaine Eades and Ian Wallam Hill.

The exhibition is part of the SWDC’s Noongar Arts Project, which aims to develop an ongoing, viable South West Aboriginal arts industry.

SWDC Aboriginal economic development officer Flyn Narkle says while artwork produced by the South West Aboriginal community is well recognised, there is a gap between

producing the artwork and getting the works to consumers.

“A number of talented artists have been identified in the region and there is clearly potential for an Aboriginal arts industry to thrive in the South West, as long as it can be nurtured,” he says.

Mr Narkle says the decision to host the exhibition at Amberley Estate was made because it is a popular tourist and visitor destination and provides a good melting pot to combine fine wine, art, and food.

He says the commission is looking at hosting similar art events and also is gathering a database in an effort to develop it into a viable economic industry.

The exhibition consists of 20 paintings and will be on display at the Amberley Estate Winery until the end of this month.

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