Jade Dolman Aboriginal Artist & Cultural Educator


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The Perth Cultural Centre is celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018 with a suite of programs in recognition of the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

AGWA is running a variety of FREE events as part of this year's program, including guided tours dedicated to Indigenous women's artwork on display at AGWA, a hands on community canvas project and an artist talk by First Nation Badimaya artist Julie Dowling. The programs launch with a free concert by Junkadelic at the Gallery from midday, Saturday 7 July.

AGWA's NAIDOC Week activities are proudly supported by Healthway and the #actbelongcommit campaign. Participating in the arts is good for mental health and wellbeing, and it’s as simple as A-B-C: Act-Belong-Commit!

Naidoc Activities at AGWA | FREE


Six Seasons – the Concert | FREE
Junkadelic featuring Richard Walley
12-1pm, Saturday 7 July

The Indigenous ‘six seasons’ are the subject of an exciting new musical performance by WA funk/junk favourites, Junkadelic.

The first complete Perth performance will be free at AGWA to launch Naidoc Week in style.

The new work has a section on each of the seasons - Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents the environmental changes and the flowering of many different plants. The high energy concert features Noongar guest artist Richard Walley.

AGWA’s Indigenous gallery, named in honour of the Six Seasons, is dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art.


Six Seaons paper bark Richard Wally

Six Seasons - Paper Bark - Richard Walley

Photo by Carmen Barraza


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Guided Tours | FREE

10.30am, Sunday 8 July – Sun 15 July

(closed Tue 10 July)

Focusing on works of art made by Indigenous women currently on display, join one of AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides and immerse yourself in a guided tour that looks closely at works by artists such as Julie Dowling, Sally Morgan, Mary McLean, Sandra Hill, Queenie McKenzie, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Brenda L. Croft.


Guru Guided Tour

Artwork - Alec Mingelmanganu

Wandjina c1972-c1974

ochre on bark, 140 x 58 x 6 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 1975

© Alec Mingelmanganu


Community Canvas Project:

Because of Her, We Can! | FREE

10am -1pm, Monday 9 July
1.30-4.30pm, Wednesday 11 July

1.30- 4.30pm, Thursday 12 July

Suitable for adults and children 8+

Collaborate with Indigenous artist Jade Dolman to create a brand new art work celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Visit Jade's website for details on her past projects www.jdpenangke.com


Jade Dolman

Jade Dolman


WA Now Artist Talk | FREE

2-3pm, Saturday 14 July


In celebration of Naidoc Week, hear from First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, for an insight into her artistic practice and her WA Now – Babanyu (Friends for life) display.

The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.


Julie Dowling

Julie Dowling



NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Predominately, Naidoc Week is held in the first week (a Sunday to Sunday) of July that incorporates the second Friday - which historically was celebrated as 'National Aboriginal Day'. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

Visit for details on all the www.naidoc.org.au celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during Naidoc Week 2018.



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