Desert River Sea Opening Celebration

Desert River Sea Opening Celebration

Join us for an unmissable celebration of Kimberley culture with artist talks and art demonstrations, cultural performances, and family activities.

Learn about the art of pearl shell carving with artist Garry Sibosado, and bush-dying with natural materials with artists from Mangkaja Arts.

Hear from Mowanjum Arts on ochre crushing and Wandjina rock art education, or watch Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts carve and shave a cow hide. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts will demonstrate boab nut carving.

AGWA and art centre curators, along with artists will talk about their experiences across the day in free talks.

Listen to live music by David Pigram and browse handmade items including carved pearl shells, dyed silks, textiles, and jewellery at the AGWA Shop.








Book Signing by Kimberley Artists and Curators
In association with UWA Press
AGWA Concourse

Art Centre Workshops

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre
Ochre Painting (limited to first 30 people)

Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Bush Dying Workshop (limited to first 30 people)

AGWA Terrace

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
Boab Carving Demonstration

AGWA Terrace

Artist & Art Centre Talks
Kira Kiro, Warlayirti, Garry and Darrell Sibosado, Mowanjum

Desert River Sea Exhibition Space

Artist Activation Family Workshop
Esther McDowell/Yabini Kickett

The Imagination Room

Garry Sibosado
Pearl Shell Engraving Demonstration

AGWA Terrace

David Pigram
Guitar Performance

AGWA Concourse

Mervyn Street Hide Shaving
with live cam to Perth Cultural Centre Screen

AGWA Concourse

Artist & Art Centre Talks
Mangkaja, Waringarri, Warmun, Daniel Walbidi

Desert River Sea Exhibition Space

Project Curator Talks
Carly Lane, Emilia Galatis and Legacy Curators

Desert River Sea Exhibition Space


Please note: activities, times and venues subject to change.

Helpful hints:

  • The Gallery will be open from 10am-5pm
  • Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley will be open from 10am with last entry at 4.45pm
  • Admission to the Gallery is free however, donations are always welcomed
  • Leave your large bags and coats at the cloakroom
  • No food or drink is allowed in the exhibition galleries
  • Photography with handheld devices for personal use is welcome (no tripods, selfie sticks or flashes)
  • Take a train or bus to the Gallery, click here for more information