One of Western Australia’s most important showcases of Aboriginal art returns to Fremantle Arts Centre this week.
Revealed celebrates the vitality and diversity of Aboriginal artistic practice in WA through an exhibition, online art market and two days of professional development workshops specifically tailored for Aboriginal artists and art centre staff.
The prestigious Revealed Exhibition presents the works of over 100 new and emerging WA Aboriginal Artists in 2021, with more than 300 fresh, contemporary artworks spanning a huge range of styles and mediums including painting, installation, textiles, photography, print media, video, jewellery, carving and sculpture.
Fremantle Arts Centre Director Anna Reece said in addition to 31 remote and regional Aboriginal Art Centres, this year’s Revealed features the highest number of independent artists in the program’s history.
“We are thrilled to open the 2021 Revealed Exhibition and share the work of this extraordinary group of new and emerging Aboriginal artists from right across Western Australia,” Ms Reece said.
“Cancelling last year’s events due to COVID-19 was devastating to all involved, and while we were able to adapt and present the exhibition online and eventually in-person, bringing the artists and arts centre staff together here on Wadjuk Boodjar to celebrate the WA Aboriginal art sector is such a critical part of Revealed.
“We can’t wait to welcome them, and for all our visitors to experience this powerful and breathtaking exhibition in what feels like the most important Revealed yet.”
The Revealed Exhibition opens on Thursday and runs until 23 May. All works in the exhibition are for sale.
In addition to the exhibition, the hugely popular Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market, which was sadly cancelled in 2020, returns as an expanded online event in 2021.
Running from Monday 29 March – Thursday 1 April, the online event ensures the market can proceed and secure vital income for artists.
It also means people living outside WA now have the chance to be part of the event and take home their very own Revealed artwork.
The Revealed Market is unique in that it’s the only event where Western Australian remote and regional art centres participate alongside several independent artists.
There will be a huge range of paintings, textiles, carved artefacts, homewares, prints, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and more available in a breadth of styles.
Artworks cost as little as $50 and all profits from sales at the Revealed Market return to the artists and art centres.