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Damien and Yilpi Marks Jap | Courtesy of Japingka
Damien and Yilpi Marks Jap | Courtesy of Japingka
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Must-Visit Aboriginal Art Galleries In Perth, Australia

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Updated: 24 November 2016
In a culture where there is no written language, art is central to recording the beliefs and stories of the longest continuing culture to be passed on through the generations of the Australian Aboriginals. Whether you are an art fanatic or new to the scene, discover the deeper stories within the artworks at Perth’s leading Aboriginal art galleries.
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Aboriginal Art Gallery

Overlooking the Swan River and City of Perth, in Kings Park, lies the Aboriginal Art Gallery, inviting you to admire their works and meet the artists. As these Aboriginal artists work within the gallery, you are able to discuss with them about their artworks, culture and artefacts, or if you want to know more about the bush food and bush medicine from the Noongar Area, they are more than happy to share their knowledge. Displaying and selling art pieces, artefacts and books from the Central Desert region, this is the premium location to appreciate the culture of these artists.

Fraser Ave, Kings Park, WA, Australia,

Overlooking the Swan River and City of Perth, in Kings Park, lies the Aboriginal Art Gallery © Courtesy of Aboriginal Art Gallery

Overlooking the Swan River and City of Perth, in Kings Park, lies the Aboriginal Art Gallery © Courtesy of Aboriginal Art Gallery

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Artitja Fine Art

Specializing in Aboriginal Art sourced from the Western and Central Desert, Artitja Fine Art has established itself as one of the most reputable Indigenous art galleries in Perth. With a deep respect for the ancient culture and traditions held by the Australian Aboriginal tribes, each artwork offers an insight into their culture’s stories and Dreaming. Although they only open to those who book an appointment, they also host four specialized exhibitions each year, so be sure to check their website before planning your visit.

South Fremantle, WA, Australia, +61 8 9336 7787

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Harvison Gallery

Having recently relocated and relaunched as the Harvison Gallery, this gallery – originally opening in 2003 – specialises in contemporary Indigenous art. Not only supporting artists emerging into the field and making their names and stories heard, but also those who have established their artistic careers, Harvison is a stop to be made. Also supporting non-Indigenous art, you can wonder around the gallery and collect your thoughts at the onsite café over a coffee.

195 Brisbane St, Perth WA, Australia, +61 8 9227 6619

A purple sunset in Perth | ©Daniel Lee/Flickr

A purple sunset in Perth | ©Daniel Lee/Flickr

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Japingka

Offering some of the finest Aboriginal artworks in the country, the specialist gallery Japingka is located in Fremantle’s historic West End. Covering two levels of an 1880’s warehouse building, a broad collection of artworks from leading and emerging artists are on display on the ground floor. Whilst upstairs, a variety of exhibitions are held throughout the year supporting and displaying the works from emerging and established Indigenous artists and communities. Be sure to stop by regularly as their stockrooms are home to some 4,000 artworks to be discovered.

47 High St, Fremantle WA, Australia,

Ngukurr Artists exhibition | Courtesy of Japingka

Ngukurr Artists exhibition | Courtesy of Japingka

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Aboriginart Indigenous Fine Art Gallery

Ethically sourced from Australia’s Central and Western Desert regions, Aboriginart offers an insight into the spiritual world of Aboriginal art. Not only are these contemporary paintings an insight but they are all steeped in proud cultural history, where each painting holds a deeper meaning than what initially meets the eye. Not only does Aboriginart support the leading artists in this field, but also artists who have been internationally recognized.

6 Elder Pl, Fremantle WA, Australia,

Central Desert art by the late Minnie Pwerle, one of the legendary contemporary Indigenous artists | Courtesy of Aboriginart

Central Desert art by the late Minnie Pwerle, one of the legendary contemporary Indigenous artists | Courtesy of Aboriginart

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Maalinup

A must-visit for anyone travelling through the picturesque Swan Valley, the Aboriginal owned and operated Maalinup (meaning “Place of Black Swan”) offers an array of arts to be discovered. From their gallery full of unique artworks, to their cultural activities and talks, make sure you check their website to find what appeals to you, or discuss with them on site. After browsing the artwork within the gallery, however, witness a nighttime corroboree, a custom that will introduce you to the traditional Aboriginal dance and didgeridoo performance that is accompanied with a bush tucker supper.

10070 W Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA, Australia,

Art | Courtesy of Maalinup

Aboriginal Art | Courtesy of Maalinup

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Creative Native

Established in 1987, Creative Native is one of the largest specialist retailers in Aboriginal artworks. Also known as the Aboriginal Art Gallery and Emporium, this gallery boasts authentic and unique contemporary artworks that showcase the traditions of the Indigenous people. From boomerangs and didgeridoos, paintings and rugs, to artefacts, bone art, wall hangings, homeware and garments, there is something to please everyone while supporting this unique culture.

Forrest Chase, Shop 58, Forest Chase Shopping Centre, 419 Wellington St, Perth WA, Australia,