Paint Pearl and Ilma

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Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, 25 Napier Rd, Singapore. 4 July to 31 August 2011 • 8.30am – 4.30pm (weekdays)

The Australian High Commission and Aratong Galleries is proud to present, Paint Pearl and Ilma, a specially curated exhibition featuring the work of the Yulparija Artists from Bidyadanga, in the far north of Western Australia. This comprehensive visually stunning exhibition showcases the very best in contemporary Aboriginal art and is a celebration of the culture of Indigenous Australians.


or over 50 years, NAIDOC, which stands for National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee, has helped to build awareness and recognition of the contributions of Indigenous Australians by celebrating the history, culture and achievements of the First Australians. NAIDOC Week a key annual event in Australia which is also marked by Australian missions across the world. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Change: the next step is ours”. It highlights the importance of mutual responsibility and cooperation between stakeholders including Indigenous Australians, the government, the private sector and individuals, for effecting positive change. The Australian Government is committed to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians through its national initiative, “Closing the Gap”. Over the past three years, AUD$5.75 billion has been invested to deliver improved services, better houses and healthier communities.


Here in Singapore, Australian High Commission is proud to mark NAIDOC Week 2011 with Paint, Pearl and Ilma, an art exhibition presented in partnership with Aratong Galleries at the High Commission’s Atrium Gallery. Paint, Pearl and Ilma showcases approximately 60 canvas and sculpture artworks by the Yulparija Artists of Bidyadanga in far north Western Australia. The artists featured include Daniel Walbidi, Weaver Jack, Alma Webou, Donald...