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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.
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
This beautiful painting by Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton from #warlukurlanguartists is one of the feature works in our Winter Studio COLOUR YOUR WORLD exhibition opening 22 July. Bold, bright and beautiful paintings to brighten up our winter days. The painting is Emu Dreaming. We love the contemporary feel attached to an ancient story. #lovethispainting #aboriginalart #indigenousart #Yuendumu #colouryourworld #colourmakesushappy #artitjafineart
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 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.
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.