Image: Tony Albert, Kieran Lawson and David C. Collins, Warakurna Superhero #1, 2017, C-type print, 100 x 150 cm. Image courtesy of the artists, Sullivan+Strumpf and Warakurna Artists

Image: Tony Albert, Ranisha Ward Yates and David C. Collins, Warakurna Superheroes #3 (detail), 2017, C-type print, 100 x 150cm. Photo courtesy of the artists, Warakurna Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Artist Eunice Porter in front of the work she and other Warakurna artists created. Photography by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Tristan Jackson, Trudy Holland, Eunice Porter Yunurupa, Reclaimed Tin Project, 2017, reclaimed tin with acrylic paint. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Warakurna Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Tony Albert, Nancy Carnegie Tjungupi, Pawuya Cooke, Lena Dawson Palitja, Steve Ebatarinja, Keesha Frazer, Andrea Giles, Norma Giles, Sheila Giles, Charlotte Golding, Trudy Holland, Ishmeil Jackson, Keenan Jackson, Tristan Jackson, Joyce James, Clarabelle Kenda, Shawn Lewis, Azaliah Madeline Golding, Brittany Malbunka Reid, Karni Mitchell, Bradley Nelson-Mitchell, Bernard Newberry, Francine Newberry, Bernand Niemayah Golding, Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson, Eunice Porter Yunurupa, Kristabell Porter, Stefan Reid, Travis Richards-Reid, Delilah Shepherd, Dwayne Shepherd, Katherine Shepherd, Selina Shepherd, Aziah Smythe, Dallas Smythe, Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Noreen Smythe, Dorothy Ward, Jennaleen Watson, Rocky William Porter, Billy Willy, Tracy Yates, Judith Yinyika Chambers, 2017. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Warakurna Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre. 

Image: Assorted works by Tony Albert, Nancy Carnegie Tjungupi, Pawuya Cooke, Lena Dawson Palitja, Steve Ebatarinja, Keesha Frazer, Andrea Giles, Norma Giles, Sheila Giles, Charlotte Golding, Trudy Holland, Ishmeil Jackson, Keenan Jackson, Tristan Jackson, Joyce James, Clarabelle Kenda, Shawn Lewis, Azaliah Madeline Golding, Brittany Malbunka Reid, Karni Mitchell, Bradley Nelson-Mitchell, Bernard Newberry, Francine Newberry, Bernand Niemayah Golding, Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson, Eunice Porter Yunurupa, Kristabell Porter, Stefan Reid, Travis Richards-Reid, Delilah Shepherd, Dwayne Shepherd, Katherine Shepherd, Selina Shepherd, Aziah Smythe, Dallas Smythe, Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Noreen Smythe, Dorothy Ward, Jennaleen Watson, Rocky William Porter, Billy Willy, Tracy Yates, Judith Yinyika Chambers, 2017. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Warakurna Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre 

Image: Artists Mayarn Lawford, Trent Jansen, Rita Minga and Illium Nargoodah in the back row and Mangkaja Studio Coordinator Wes Maselli in the foreground at In Cahoots exhibition opening. Photography by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Images from left: Trent Jansen, Johnny Nargoodah and Duane Shaw, Collision Bench, 2017, found car bonnet, stainless steel and New Zealand cow leather. 55 x 120 x 60cm. Elsie Dickens, Trent Jansen, Yangkarni Penny K-Lyons, Myarn Lawford, Rita Minga, Eva Nargoodah, Illium Nargoodah, Johnny Nargoodah, Duane Shaw and Gene Tighe, Jangarra Armchair, 2017, Jartalu wood, gum branches, human hair and fasteners. 100 x 140 x 105cm. Trent Jansen, Johnny Nargoodah and Duane Shaw, Collision Vessel, 2017, found car bonnet, 60 x 130 x 60cm. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Image courtesy of the artists, Mangkaja Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Image: Trent Jansen, Johnny Nargoodah and Duane Shaw, Collision Bench, 2017, found car bonnet, stainless steel and New Zealand cow leather, 55 x 120 x 60cm. Photography by Bo Wong. Image courtesy of the artists, Mangkaja Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Image: Assorted works by Curtis Taylor with Ishmael Marika, Spear makers: Wilson Mandijalu, Wanyubi Marika, Desmond Taylor, Wokka Taylor and Yilpirr Wanambi 2017. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Courtesy of the artists, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre. 

Image: Artists Curtis Taylor and Ishmael Marika at In Cahoots exhibition opening. Photography by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Curtis Taylor and Ishmael Marika, Blood portrait, 2017, blood, dimensions variable. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Courtesy of the artists, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Curtis Taylor with Ishmael Marika, Spear makers: Wilson Mandijalu, Wanyubi Marika, Desmond Taylor, Wokka Taylor and Yilpirr Wanambi 2017. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Courtesy of the artists, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Dominic Bramall-White, North East Vessel, 2017, bull kelp, Black Wattle wood, Hazel Pomaderris wood, echidna quills, river reed, saddler’s string and hand-forged metal, 70 x 70 x 25cm. Photography by Bo Wong. Image courtesy of the artist, Baluk Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Artists Neil Aldum, Lisa Waup, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Grey, Dominic Bramsll-White, Beverley Meldrum and Rebecca Robinson at In Cahoots exhibition opening. Photography by Rebecca Mansell.

Image: Nannette Shaw, Bull Kelp Water Vessel, 2017, bull kelp, Tasmanian river reed and tea tree wood, 12 x 20 x 14cm. Photography by Bo Wong. Image courtesy of the artist, Baluk Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Neil Aldum, Kirsty Bell, Dominic Bramall-White, Gillian Garvie, Glenn Foster, Tallara Gray, Robert Kelly, Beverley Meldrum, Rebecca Robinson, Nannette Shaw, Douglas Smith, Lisa Waup and Shane Wright, 2017. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Baluk Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Kumpaya Girgiba, Rachel Handley, Thelma Judson and Nancy Karnu Taylor, 2017. Photography by Rebecca Mansell. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Martumili Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Sean Cordeiro, Claire Healy and Kumpaya Girgiba, Baby boomer tourist gets partially trampled by a camel, 2017, wool, Minarri desert grass and car doors. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy and copyright the artists, Martumili Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Kumpaya Girgiba, Rachel Handley, Thelma Judson and Nancy Karnu Taylor, 2017. Photography by Bo Wong Courtesy and copyright the artists, Martumili Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Image: Lynette Brown and Louise Haselton, Untitled #6, 2017, mirror discs, acrylic pain and acrylic mirror, 36 x 46 cm. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesty of the artists, Papulankutja Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Image: Louise Haselton, Lynette Brown, Nora Davidson, Pamela Hogan, Freda Lane, Anawari Mitchell, Untitled, 2017, woven desert grass, raffia and cast bronze, 51 x 13 x 11cm and 54 x 12 x 11cm. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy of the artists, Papulankutja Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Assorted works by Louise Haselton, Lynette Brown, Nora Davidson, Pamela Hogan, Freda Lane, Angilyiya Mitchell, Anawari Mitchell, Jennifer Mitchell, 2017. Photography by Bo Wong. Courtesy of the artists, Papulankutja Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre 

Image: Louise Haselton, Lynette Brown, Nora Davidson, Pamela Hogan, Freda Lane, Anawari Mitchell, Angilyiya Mitchell and Jennifer Mitchell, Untitled, 2017, woven desert grass, rafia, cast bronze, acrylic paint and concrete. Photography by Bo Wong Courtesy and copyright the artists, Papulankutja Artists and Fremantle Arts Centre  

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country is an expansive exhibition of new work taking over FAC’s galleries. The works are the result of 18 months of artists’ residencies in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres across Australia.

Artists from six key Aboriginal art centres have invited leading independent artists – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – from around the country to work with them. The resulting collaborative artworks are significant, striking and bold in their inventive use of materials.

Featuring sculptural works, installations and films drawing together the ideas of artists from diverse backgrounds, In Cahoots presents these fascinating, potent collaborations happening across Country today.

PARTICIPATING ART CENTRES AND ARTISTS INCLUDE:

  • Baluk Arts (VIC): Kirsty Bell, Dominic Bramall-White, Gillian Garvie, Glenn Foster, Tallara Gray, Robert Kelly, Beverley Meldrum, Rebecca Robinson, Nanette Shaw, Douglas Smith, Lisa Waup and Shane Wright WITH Neil Aldum (WA)
  • Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre (NT): Ishmael Marika WITH Curtis Taylor (WA)
  • Mangkaja Arts (WA): Elsie Dickens, Yangkarni Penny K-Lyons, Myarn Lawford, Rita Minga, Eva Nargoodah, Illium Nargoodah, Johnny Nargoodah, Gene Tighe and Duane Shaw WITH Trent Jansen (NSW)
  • Martumili Artists (WA): Kumpaya Girgiba, Rachel Handley,
    Thelma Judson and Nancy Karnu Taylor WITH Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro (NSW)
  • Papulankutja Artists (WA): Lynette Brown, Nora Davidson, Pamela Hogan, Freda Lane, Angilyiya Mitchell, Anawari Mitchell and Jennifer Mitchell WITH Louise Haselton (SA)
  • Warakurna Artists (WA): Nancy Carnegie Tjungupi, Lena Dawson Palitja, Andrea Giles, Norma Giles, Sheila Giles, Trudy Holland, Dianne Holland, Joyce James, Clarabelle Kendae, Francine Newberry, Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson, Eunice Porter Yunurupa, Kristabell Porter, Delilah Shepherd, Dwayne Shepherd, Katherine Shepherd, Selina Shepherd, Dallas Smythe, Noreen Smythe, Dorothy Ward, Rocky William Porter, Billy Willy, Tracy Yates, Judith Yinyika Chambers and the children of Warakurna WITH Tony Albert (QLD)

Curated by Erin Coates, Fremantle Arts Centre

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View the Panel Discussion on Cross-Cultural Collaboration

On Monday 27 November 2017 an expert panel of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, curators and studio coordinators from across Australia convened for a lively, provocative discussion around the question ‘what is at stake in cross-cultural creative collaboration today?’ The panel critiqued the issues and celebrated the successes of real projects, bringing a range of perspectives to shine a light on some of the most compelling and contentious artwork currently being made in Australia.

PANELLISTS:

  • Vernon Ah Kee (QLD) – Artist, Kuku Yalanji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr, routinely investigates race, ideology and politics
  • Tony Albert (NSW) – In Cahoots Artist, Television Presenter
  • Bindi Cole Chocka (VIC) – Artist, Writer, Curator, of Wadawurrung heritage, makes provocative work exploring contemporary indigenous culture and identity
  • Louise Haselton (SA) – In Cahoots Artist, Lecturer at the University of South Australia
  • Trent Jansen (NSW) – In Cahoots Artist, Designer Wes Maselli (WA) – Studio Coordinator at Mangkaja Arts Resource Centre
  • Curtis Taylor (WA) – In Cahoots Artist, Martu Filmmaker

FACILITATOR:
Alison Page (NSW) – Descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people, Designer, Producer, Television Presenter

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