What happened to March?

What has just been

What did happen to March? Our DESERT WOMEN Aboriginal art exhibition opened on International Women’s Day and it was beautiful.  Thank you for those who visited the exhibition and thanks also to those of you who viewed it online and/or on social media. 

Our Guest Artist

We had a special guest at this show. Melbourne born and Alice Springs based, Marina Strocchi regaled a full house in our Saturday afternoon IN CONVERSATION session. She spoke of her foray into the central desert tri-state region going back to the 1980’s.  Marina has maintained a social practice as part of her established art career to become a valuable mentor to remote Indigenous artists.  Her exhibition catalogue can be viewed here.




Moving right along, we are now incredibly excited to be working towards our next exhibition 

What’s coming up

On Friday 24th May at Earlywork in South Fremantle, we open PARU – Spinifex a group show from the Spinifex Hill Studio Artists in Port Hedland!  We can promise something very different in the diversity of paintings in this exhibition, which are both exciting in their contemporary expression and painterly style.  The exhibition was confirmed with the art centre last year after Anna’s visit to the Pilbara. It was an honour and  a privilege to meet the wonderful creative talented artists whose paintings have been specially selected by her for this exhibition.  Below a very special sneak peak of a gorgeous landscape painting by Winnie Sampi which will feature in the show.  Image details: The Pool 30.5x51cm. Photograph courtesy Spnifex Hill Studios and Artitja Fine Art. 


We are always available

In between exhibitions is never down time for us here at Artitja, and plans are currently underway for additional expositions this year in different places and different spaces.  Again, we ask you to watch this space…

Of course, don’t forget that we are ALWAYS open by appointment and are only a phone call or an email away.  Generally fairly short notice works…  0418 900 954  or anna@artitja.com.au


this was October through to February!

OK, so we’ve broken every social media rule known to the universe and not blogged since September!  We beg forgiveness….   Being busy has a lot to do with it so that can’t be a bad thing.  

September blended without a blink into October and Anna squeezed a trip to the Pilbara in between exhibitions to attend the Port Hedland art awards whilst making connections with the Spinifex Hill Artists in South Hedland.  She was then lucky enough to accompany some of the winning Martumili artists on their bus on a fun, music blaring ride to their art centre based in Newman (see the fun bus below left)

The visit reaped wonderful results establishing a new association between Artitja and the two art centres with exhibition plans in the making.

October and November whizzed by and our ESSENCE OF PLACE exhibition morphed very quickly into our very popular January ART + OBJECTS exhibition which came down just last week.  Both shows were held at Earlywork in South Fremantle, and we are delighted to say that we have a full program of exhibitions coming up this year – all in this, our favourite exhibiting space.   


Diarise 8 March 

That’s right – on 8th March, the date of our next exhibition opening (see below) – Artitja Fine Art TURNS 15 years of age – cause for celebration indeed!    In order to honour and celebrate this second milestone (turning 10 was pretty special), we are introducing a NEW surprise element to our forthcoming exhibition which you will hear about very soon. 

So, diarise Friday 8th March for our special birthday, opening on International Women’s Day for DESERT WOMEN | Cross Cultural Expression.  Keep a look out for details.  Enquiries welcome  info@artitja.com.au




this was September

…..and that’s a wrap!  We ended our 24 day show at Gallery 152 (1-24 Sept) , bumped out on day 25, and on day 26 my voice retaliated for all the words I had put it through and refused to work.  Laryngitis set in and stayed for around a week.  It seems I had left my voice in York!

For those familiar with me, you will know that talking is something I do really well, perhaps too well, as my excitement and enthusiasm for people exchange, information exchange and general participation in the world is quite high, and sometimes I forget about the benefits of silence.

Thank you voice, for not only did you make me put my head on the pillow for much needed catch up sleep and recuperation, you also allowed me to read and come close to completing my two book club titles – both of which I lost myself in rather well.  (The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and The Harp in the South by Ruth Park – both recommended in case you are interested.)

 But a bit more on our SPRING SALON exhibition held at Gallery 152, which was a very enjoyable experience, and when a week in we decided to start counting the numbers, we recorded over 1200 people had visited the gallery, and I’d comfortably add another several hundred to that too for we didn’t spent all our time recording numbers.

We talked a lot, sold nicely and were made to feel, once again, very welcome in the York community.  It is such a lovely place, and the colours of Spring make the town literally ‘spring’ to life particularly around Festival time.

And yes, we did stay in York, with Arthur and I taking turns at visits back to South Fremantle to keep things going here.

We also added many new names to our data base, many from Fremantle which made us stop to consider why York attracts so many Fremantle people for a visit (and to live).  It was suggested that York is a bit like ‘home away from home’ in its commitment to heritage and community.  I agree.  Just look at the photographs!

Now it’s crazy time again, preparing for our next exhibition THE ESSENCE OF PLACE, opening at Earlywork in South Fremantle on Friday 26th October.   But there’s more!  In another of our ambitious ventures we have decided to combine this show with our popular annual ‘GIFT COLLECTION – Art + Objects’ exhibition, which will include a range of licensed merchandise and quality gift lines, as well as paintings. (I still feel it’s a bit early to mention the ‘Ch’ or ‘X’ word but I’m sure you know where I’m heading with this).

So one space, two galleries – enter into the clean lines and exquisite, delicate and detailed paintings by Selina Teece Pwerl and friends from the Hart’s Range region of the central desert and gallery two, well – a cacophony of colour (is their such a thing?).  It will be exciting.

Ah yes, and a special ‘In Conversation’ event on Saturday Nov 3 –  details coming soon!

Not before however, I get on a plane next week and head to Port Hedland and Newman – a whirlwind trip to connect with our art centres in the Pilbara, learn more, see more and hopefully return with more, and at the same time attend the Hedland Art Awards.   All the while continuing to prepare for our show!

I promise not to talk too much …..      WATCH THIS SPACE …

Photos below beginning with the outside of Gallery 152, the exhibition, the Wara art Bilby sculpture, the opening of the wonderful Clay Boodja exhibition in York, the beautiful countryside and our early morning walks, with iced up windscreen, and the heritage aspect of York.


This Was August


I look forward every year to August … for two main reasons … one – it’s the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin and two – it’s much warmer in the north!

But seriously, the immersion in art and culture through the massive activities which have increased in number since my first NATSIAA back in 2003, the now memorable event where the major winner, the inimitable Richard Bell, wore a tshirt which caused quite an uproar, make it quite the event! They were heady days, and exciting too. I still get excited at attending these awards, and every year it is different.

This year, I decided to go to Darwin for an entire week instead of the standard four or five days and enjoy some down time in that beautiful warm balmy weather. Not to be! It was go from the minute I arrived.

Whereas it once was just the art awards held at MAGNT (The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory). Now there is DAAF (Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair), the Indigenous Fashion Parade, Salon de Refuse – showing the work that didn’t make the NATSIAA finals, exhibitions at Outstation Gallery, Paul Johnstone Gallery and satellite shows scattered through the town, and more.

Some of my favourite DAAF fashion parade photos:

A new outlet for the Injalak artists from Arnhemland called Provenance Arts opened, and as excited as I was to visit it, I didn’t get the time!! Ah, I’ll just have to go next year.

Then there is the annual and wonderful opening of the Tiwi Art Network exhibition. Many of you know that we have a strong association with the Munupi Artists from Melville Island (at Pirlingimpi – a place I have been lucky enough to visit several times). They, together with two other art centres on Melville and Bathurst Island come together with their annual exhibition to show the latest paintings from their hugely talented artists. These openings are truly an event not to be missed. The high energy and welcome from the Tiwi men and women in their separate dance styles and joint singing touches your central core and buoys you up incredibly. Love it! Some pics below – and the one where I caught up with the wonderful Francesca Puruntatameri – our special guest to South Fremantle representing the Munupi artists at our past Tiwi exhibitions.

A week passes quickly with visits to the art fair, networking with industry colleagues, updating contacts with our art centres and approaching new ones. It’s quite hard work! (you can see how hard in this photo!)

This year I came away with so much positive energy and feedback from our existing art centres, and some great contacts and exhibition ideas from art centres we have yet to work with, which fired me up totally!

While Arthur stays behind, looking after our home gallery and the house and pets, I’m sending through exciting reports back to him, and loading him up with ideas and work plans for 2019!

Heading south, I dropped in to Alice Springs on the way back to Perth, after all, if I’m going to be in the Territory I need to cover all bases. Refresh the connections, pick up some new paintings, plot and plan future shows and come back exhausted and inspired!!

Oh yes, and a day trip to Papunya – the birthplace of the Aboriginal art movement – from which I returned with a lovely selection of paintings, and put in a request for a few special paintings for our Women’s show next March. The photo below is of the road to Papunya to visit the Papunya Tjupi art centre, via Haasts Bluff – a really scenic route to take.

From there it’s onto the next show…. Our current SPRING SALON exhibition in York, WA… where I sit now… watch this space for the next blog …