CAN WA is delighted to announce that the Bush Babies Honouring Our Elders born in the bush portrait exhibition has been selected as part of Art On The Move’s next touring program.
That means this beautiful collection of paintings and photographs honouring Wheatbelt elders could be coming to a gallery near you!
It’s expected the exhibition will be available from 2016.
Last year, the Bush Babies portrait exhibition enjoyed a six month installation in the WA Museum’s community access gallery in the Perth Cultural Centre. This collaboration with the gallery meant it was able to be seen by more than 70 000 people.
CAN WA is hoping the partnership with Art on the Move will ensure this beautiful celebration of Noongar elders will be seen by audiences right across the state.
The Bush Babies portraits were created during a CAN WA workshop program in the Southern Wheatbelt.
Cuballing artist Graham Smith was inspired to paint a portrait of Kellerberrin elder Hazel Winmar when he saw a stunning photo of her taken by photographer Jarrad Seng during a CAN WA event.
Graham’s portrait was so well received, it prompted other artists to volunteer to honour an elder on canvas.
The Noongar elders featured in the exhibition have all been involved in or connected to CAN WA projects. Through the exhibition CAN WA was able to share their unique stories of being born in the bush and outskirts of towns.
Some of the elders are now deceased, however their families want their memory to continue to be shared and cherished though the exhibition.