The John Curtin Gallery Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary Australian and International art.

The John Curtin Gallery is Open to the Public

Open Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 4pm

The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling is Closed

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𝐍𝐀𝐈𝐃𝐎𝐂 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 🔥: 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐲
Monday 8 July, 12:30 - 2:00pm (and last day of our current exhibitions)

Come join us and hear from 𝙍𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙈𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙖𝙮, Nyangumarta woman and artist whose work 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘭 (2012) is featured in 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝙈𝙤𝙗 exhibition .

Rose is a Stolen Generation descendant as her mother was taken from Warrawagine Station and grew up with the first group of Roelands Mission children. The work of the Marrngu artist/teacher at Strelley helped her bridge the gap from living a city life and returning to her Pilbara family.

Formerly a member of the first Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and a Board member of Country Arts WA, Rose shares insights and experience when searching for story and connection to The Strelley Mob exhibition. Come join us for this unique opportunity to listen and learn.

Supported by: Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Australian Research Council, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, University of Western Australian School of Design

To register via LINK in BIO or 👉 https://events.humanitix.com/naidoc-week-talk-rose-murray

@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @arc_govau @deptlgsc @wangkamaya @uwafinearts.and.historyofart @uwa_design #NomadsCharitableandEducationalFoundation #thestrelleymob @universityartmuseumsaustralia
Presenting partner @lotterywest

Image: The Strelley Mob, John Curtin Gallery, 2024, installation view. Photo by Sharon Baker.
𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐬 - 𝐍𝐀𝐈𝐃𝐎𝐂 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 🔥 
𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙠𝙨 - 𝙉'𝙮𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣-𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙒𝙖𝙜𝙪𝙧 – 𝙔𝙚𝙮𝙚 𝙒𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙚 [𝘼𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝 – 𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠]
Sunday 7 July, 12:30 - 2pm

On our last Sunday for this exhibition period, join N’yettin-ngal Wagur – Yeye Wongie Curator Zali Morgan and artists Brett Nannup and Amanda Bell in conversation with JCG Community Engagement Coordinator Ron Bradfield Jnr.

These new commissions are in response to The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork. Through a diverse range of mediums and styles, the artists bring to the present-day the intertwined stories of the Carrolup child artists and their own personal context. The commissions reflect the aesthetics, design and themes present in the original Carrolup works, honouring Noongar histories and the enduring legacy of the Carrolup artists and ancestors.

This conversation will reflect on this exhibition, curatorial decision-making and conversations held during its time here at John Curtin Gallery. An opportunity to hear about what’s next for this group of early-career Noongar artists.

Questions will be welcomed at the end of each section. Teas and coffees available.

Gallery open until 4pm.

To register, LINK in BIO or 👉 https://events.humanitix.com/naidoc-week-artist-talks-n-yettin-ngal-wagur-yeye-wongie-ancestors-breath-today-talk

Image: Zali Morgan at John Curtin Gallery speaking to an audience. Photography by Ezra Alcantra

@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @universityartmuseumsaustralia @ronbjnr_artist @zalimorganart @ilonamcguire_ @moorditj_manda @brettnann @lea_taylor_aboriginal_artist @crawlincrocodile

Presenting partners @wesfarmersarts and @lotterywest
𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘢 𝘺𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘳𝘯𝘪 𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘶, [𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘬𝘦],2024, excerpt, duration: 3 minutes 4 seconds

Storyteller: Barbara Hale
Original illustrations and owner of the story: Solomon Cocky
Transcription: Monty Minyjun Hale
Animation: Maraya Takoniatis 
Direction: Vladimir Todorović

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A collection of short stories inspired from the illustrated books of indigenous artists and storytellers published from 1977-1991 by the Strelley Literature Production Centre. The descendants of the original storytellers retell the stories from their community.

The man saw the lake is a story from the Creation Time about a man who was walking along a lake. He found nothing there but magic stones. He warns everyone about the stones and how strangers need to be cautious and should not touch or take them. He spots a goanna lizard close by, escaping into a hole. He manages to catch it by the tail.
………….

Come see the full animation as part of the 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙼𝚘𝚋 exhibition, on until Monday 8 July. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm, Sun 12-4pm (Closed Sat).

Supported by: Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Australian Research Council, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, University of Western Australian School of Design

@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @arc_govau @deptlgsc @wangkamaya @uwafinearts.and.historyofart @uwa_design #NomadsCharitableandEducationalFoundation #thestrelleymob @universityartmuseumsaustralia
Presenting partner @lotterywest
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘰𝘺, 2024, excerpt, duration: 4:04 

Animation made with archival photographs from David Morgan, Bobby Jones
and Ronnie Hall, The Convoy, Strelley Literature Production Centre, Strelley, 1980.
Animation: Esther Forest @estherwforest
Direction: Vladimir Todorovic
………….

A collection of short stories inspired from the illustrated books of indigenous artists and storytellers published from 1977-1991 by the Strelley Literature Production Centre. The descendants of the original storytellers retell the stories from their community.

The Convoy documents the first Aboriginal pastoral workers strike when the Strelley Mob walked off the cattle stations in the Pilbara in 1946. To walk off was a strike against unfair pay, appalling working conditions and exploitation. After they started the strike, the strikers were watching a movie in the local town of Marble Bar, where the white bosses forced one of the strikers to go back to the cattle station. Over the next couple of days, white station bosses got together with police to go on a hunt to capture the people from Strelley and put them in jail.

In the story The Convoy, the Strelley Mob make a blockade at Tabba Tabba Creek Bridge on the highway north of Port Hedland and stop a convoy of 33 trucks and an oil rig escorted by police. The convoy thunders past them as it makes its way to Noonkabah Station in the Kimberley, where they are looking for oil.

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@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @arc_govau @deptlgsc @wangkamaya @uwafinearts.and.historyofart @uwa_design #NomadsCharitableandEducationalFoundation #thestrelleymob @universityartmuseumsaustralia
Presenting partner @lotterywest
𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘶𝘱𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘶 𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘫𝘶 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘪𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘶 𝘬𝘶𝘺𝘪𝘬𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪, [𝘔𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘶𝘮 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨],2024, excerpt, duration: 2:34

Storyteller: Sharon Hale
Original illustrations: Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
Transcription: Monty Minyjun Hale
Animation: Julie Ziegenhardt @glad.juju
Direction: Vladimir Todorović
………….

A collection of short stories inspired from the illustrated books of indigenous artists and storytellers published from 1977-1991 by the Strelley Literature Production Centre. The descendants of the original storytellers retell the stories from their community.

In the story My dad and mum took me hunting, Sharon Hale recalls her time as a little girl who was taken by her parents to catch a bush turkey. Her father shoots the bird with a rifle. They cook it, have a feast, and then go home. Sharon’s memories don’t fade. Being aware that she has transformed and aged, she still vividly remembers the fire, and the times with her family.
………….

Come see the full animation as part of the 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙼𝚘𝚋 exhibition, on until Monday 8 July. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm, Sun 12-4pm (Closed Sat).

Supported by: Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Australian Research Council, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, University of Western Australian School of Design

@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @arc_govau @deptlgsc @wangkamaya @uwafinearts.and.historyofart @uwa_design #NomadsCharitableandEducationalFoundation #thestrelleymob @universityartmuseumsaustralia
Presenting partner @lotterywest
Upcoming Events - 𝐍𝐀𝐈𝐃𝐎𝐂 𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐊 ❤️🖤💛 
🔥 Keep the fire burning - 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙠, 𝙇𝙤𝙪𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙙!
We are heading into the final weeks of our exhibitions at John Curtin Gallery, which close on Monday 8th July. Don’t miss out on our schedule of final week events leading up to NAIDOC Week 2024.

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙣𝙤𝙬? 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙡 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣
Friday 5 July, 12:30 - 2pm (Bankwest Theatre)

𝙉’𝙮𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣-𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙒𝙖𝙜𝙪𝙧 – 𝙔𝙚𝙮𝙚 𝙒𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙚 [𝘼𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝 - 𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠] 
𝘾𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣
Sunday 7 July, 12:30pm - 2pm 

𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜: 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙍𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙈𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙖𝙮
Monday 8 July, 12:30pm - 2pm 

𝘾𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣 𝙇𝙞𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙏𝙤𝙪𝙧
With Ron Bradfield Jnr & Mikaela Miller
Thursday 11 July 2024, 1pm - 2pm

For more information 👉 check out Link in Bio or www.curtin.edu.au/jcg

#NAIDOC2024 #KeepTheFireBurning @curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @curtinlifeaustralia @curtinuniversitylibrary @universityartmuseumsaustralia
𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘺𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘫𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘪 𝘕𝘺𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶 𝘠𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘶𝘫𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘪 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘱𝘢 𝘞𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢, 𝘠𝘪𝘳𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘪 [𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘺𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘬𝘺 𝘞𝘢𝘺], 2024, excerpt, duration: 3:22 

Storyteller: Barbara Hale
Original illustrations and owner of the story: Solomon Cocky
Transcription: Monty Minyjun Hale
Animation: Annie Huang @annie____huang 
Direction: Vladimir Todorović
………….

A collection of short stories inspired from the illustrated books of indigenous artists and storytellers published from 1977-1991 by the Strelley Literature Production Centre. The descendants of the original storytellers retell the stories from their community.

In this story from the Creation Time, two boys made the stars, the Milky Way, and the new moon that still shines today. They make the stars by throwing them north, east, west and south. The story celebrates and glorifies the beauty of the stars, Milky Way and the moon.
………….

Come see the full animation as part of the 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙼𝚘𝚋 exhibition, on until Monday 8 July.

Supported by: Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Australian Research Council, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, University of Western Australian School of Design

@curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities @arc_govau @deptlgsc @wangkamaya @uwafinearts.and.historyofart @uwa_design #NomadsCharitableandEducationalFoundation #thestrelleymob @universityartmuseumsaustralia
Presenting partner @lotterywest
𝐀𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄 🔥

In the lead up to the NAIDOC Week 2024, John Curtin Gallery curatorial and collections staff members have selected several works from the Curtin University Art Collection to exhibit in our Atrium gallery space. 

Around the Fire includes work by Ngamaru Bidu (Manyjilyjarra), Laurel Nannup (Noongar), Norma MacDonald (Noongar), Corban Clause Williams (Manyjilyjarra), Rover Thomas (Wangkajunga and Kukatja) and Robert Andrew (Yawuru).

For more information and upcoming events 👉 check out Link in Bio or www.curtin.edu.au/jcg

#NAIDOC2024  #KeepTheFireBurning @curtinuniversity @curtin.humanities 
Image: Around the Fire, installation view, John Curtin Gallery, 2024.
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About The John Curtin Gallery The Gallery holds an important collection of Aboriginal and Contemporary Australian artworks

Established in 1968, the Collection has steadily grown as a major public cultural resource and focal point for dialogue and reflection in the community. The Gallery hosts major exhibitions each year and is recommended for lovers of contemporary art.

Contemporary arts and curatorial practice opens a dialogue with regional and remote WA

Locations

John Curtin Gallery Curtin University

Building 200A Curtin University, Kent Street
Bentley, Western Australia 6102

Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Closed Saturdays and Public Holidays

The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling

139 St Georges Terrace,
Perth, Western Australia 6102

Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
Closed Saturdays and Public Holidays

The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling is opening in 2024. Sign up to our newsletter to find out more.