Image: All works by Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Horse Creek Massacre (1880s), 1998, screenprint on paper, 91 x 108cm, Garloomboomy, Ngamany the Borders of Gija Country, ochre on canvas, 96 x 120cm, Jesus, Mary & Joseph, 1998, 46 x 61cm, Barramundi, ochre and bush gum on board, 45 x 56cm, Ninteramangy (Learning in All), 1995, 80 x 120cm. Photography by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Pantjiti Mary McLean, Yultukunpa tjikini (drinking honey Grevillea) (detail), 1990, felt pen on paper, 60 x 84cm, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Image: Bush Women Exhibition opening. Photograpy by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Bush Women Exhibition opening. Photograpy by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Garloomboomy, Ngamany the Borders of Gija Country, c.1992, ochre on canvas, 96 x 126cm. Artbank Collection, purchased 1994

Image: Various works by Tjingapa Davies. Bush Women Exhibition opening. Photograpy by Rebecca Mansell.

25 years after the original exhibition, FAC restages the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. Bush Women was the first exhibition to combine key Aboriginal artists from WA’s Kimberley region and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of the Western Desert. The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Living in diverse remote communities in WA these artists painted their culture and the narratives of their lives with authority and vigour, in strikingly individual styles. At the time of the original exhibition in 1994, the work of Aboriginal women from WA was in the nascent stages of its critical recognition, and the work of these six artists had never been exhibited together before. The original Bush Women was curated by John Kean, and helped to generate broader appreciation of these fine artists.

25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA. Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.

Bush Women is curated by FAC’s Erin Coates and the exhibition’s original curator John Kean.

Bush Women Book

In conjunction with restaging this pivotal exhibition, FAC published a commemorative book. Written by the exhibition’s original curator John Kean and senior academic Dr Darren Jorgensen, with a foreword by FAC’s Special Projects Curator Erin Coates and researcher Dr Sheridan Coleman, this book is the perfect companion to Bush Women: 25 Years On. It was launched and available for purchase at the exhibition opening event.

The book was published with support from the Gordon Darling Foundation.

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