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Desert River Sea Portraits of the Kimberly

A trailblazing exhibition showcasing the vibrant contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists.
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The eagerly awaited culmination of the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project takes over the Gallery with a trailblazing exhibition showcasing the vibrant contemporary creative talent of the Kimberley artists.

New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the show will offer a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.

Don’t miss the opening cultural celebration weekend with artist talks, workshops, performances and more. Visit for the details.

Curated by Carly Lane and Emilia Galatis

Presented in association with the Art Gallery of Western Australia

This project is supported by the State Government through the Royalties for Regions program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image: Garry SibosadoAalingoon (Rainbow Serpent) 2018 (detail)
Photo: Michael Jalaru Torres at Kooljaman Beach

The detail



This event is free of charge



9 Feb - 27 May 2019

Wed–Mon, 10am–5pm



  • 50% Visual Content 50% Visual Content
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible.

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Exhibiting Artists & Art Centres

Darrell & Garry Sibosado (Lombadina)
Daniel Walbidi (Bidyadanga)
Kira Kiro Art Centre (Kalumburu)

Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing)

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre (Mowanjum)

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra)

Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)
Warmun Art Centre (Warmun)


AGWA Public Programs


Saturday 9 February

The opening weekend offers and unmissable celebration of Kimberley culture with talks, performances, workshops, family events storytelling. For up to date program details please visit

Saturday 9 February

Workshops with visiting master artists from participating art centres in the Kimberley.
Artist floor talks with participating curators, an introduction to the work, stories about country and place of art in the politics of equality.
Music from the Kimberley.
Lots of opportunities to browse and buy authentic Kimberley and Noongar art and design.

Sunday 10 February
Storytelling from the Kimberley, and from Noongar country, exploring stories as a means for finding common ground.
Life on Station: Stories of rural WA and the culture of the cattle and sheep stations in the Kimberley and the South West. Visit the gallery and view Tom Roberts classic Shearing of the Rams on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria

Families, Learning and More

Opening Weekend , Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February

Workshops for children and families using traditional and new materials. Exhibition tours and storytelling in the artists’ voices, for children and families.

The Imagination Room

Local artists’ responses to stories of station life and country. Activities with artists for children and families.

Free Film Screening

Sunday 24 February

On Sacred Ground  | Perth Cultural Centre Screen and Northbridge Screen
5:30-7:00pm, Sun 24 May | FREE

Join us as we restage the 1980 documentary On Scared Ground with a key note exclusive introduction from the film’s original narrator; Ribgna Green Snr.
Politically censored for around five years after its production, the film investigates the Noonkanbah dispute; the well-publicized Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970s. On Sacred Ground captures a particular moment in time for the Kimberley, however, echoes contemporary political negotiations.

Free Guided Tours

Tours of Desert River Sea: Portraits of the KimberleyDiverse & dynamic art from Desert, River, Sea    
11am & 2pm Thursdays & Sundays
2pm Fridays & Saturdays

This tour looks at the styles and themes that form this unique and inspiring expression of Australian Indigenous culture.  Look closely at works that reflect the richness and diversity of Culture, from remote locations and regional communities in the Kimberley, all of which communicate the artists’ ideas about place, country, identity and belonging.

Book online through the AGWA website for tours and maker workshops in the Imagination Room.

Activities for Schools

Guided tours of Desert River Sea for primary and secondary schools.

Perth Festival Schools Day at AGWA

Friday 22 February
Includes an artist workshop related to Desert River Sea.


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