Ngamaru Bidu Untitled 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 152 cm. Image courtesy of Ngamaru (Ngamayu) Bidu (Spinifex Hill Studio).
Celebrating the Aboriginal artists and artwork of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
The show is a collaboration between Western Australian non-profit arts and cultural organisation FORM; The Art Gallery of Western Australia; Aboriginal art centres Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio, and Yinjaa-Barni Art; and independent artists Katie West, Curtis Taylor, and Jill Churnside.
Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara brings together more than 70 artists and over 190 artworks. This extraordinary body of work features the most exciting contemporary art coming out of the region while paying homage to the legacy that has informed it, offering a rare and broad-reaching insight into the region’s artistic output over the years.
Andrew Nicholls is Senior Curator at Western Australian arts organisation FORM, and the Curatorial Lead on Tracks We Share.
Nicholls is a British-Australian artist, writer and curator, who has worked in a curatorial capacity for FORM for more than twenty years, with occasional sabbaticals to pursue his own art practice. His role at FORM has allowed him to curate exhibitions and artists' residencies across regional Western Australia during the past decade, with a particular focus on the Pilbara region. As an artist he has exhibited and undertaken residencies across Australia, China, Italy, southeast Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. His freelance curatorial practice focuses on expansive site-responsive projects at heritage and museum sites including the Spode China Factory, the Freud Museum London, and Brighton's Royal Pavilion. He has written for the majority of Australia's leading visual arts journals, and has been Western Australian correspondent for Art Collector Magazine for the past decade.
Nicholls has a long relationship with The Art Gallery of Western Australia, having first been inspired to pursue a career in Visual Arts after attending Saturday morning art classes run by the Gallery during the 1990s. He co-curated the first retrospective of Wembley Ware ceramics, Wembley Ware - Excitingly Different! for AGWA in 2005. His own artwork features in the State Art Collection, and his solo exhibition Hyperkulturemia showed at the Gallery from 2018-2019.
Tui Raven is a multi-skilled creative who specialises in West Australian Indigenous engagement and conveying Indigenous-focused content for audiences. Her mission is to creatively engage audiences in content which considers Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. Tui works as a consultant in the arts, media, online content, research and community engagement. In 2021 and early 2022 she was engaged by FORM for Tracks We Share and its accompanying Emerging Curators project.
In 2021 Tui curated Collective Ground at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), an exhibition of First Nations art from around the State. Through funding by the AGWA Foundation’s Covid-19 Art Stimulus Package, art works from Aboriginal art centres and independent artists were purchased for the State Art Collection. Due for relaunch at AGWA in 2022, Collective Ground has been designed to remind the viewer of the vastness of Western Australia, our amazing Aboriginal artists and their connection to Country and deep time, and how the pandemic has affected our connection to place.
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