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Everyone Has a History – Part One – Plain Speak


Wed 9 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 10 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 12 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

Some artists just have to speak. Some stories need to be told.

Plain Speak launches a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art.

Exclusive to PIAF, the inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight. Featuring 50 powerfully personal works, presented through a range of media; including video work, paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles.

These are personal stories that demand to be told. Whether it’s a grand tale or something intimate as a diary, these are stories and histories that will provoke a response and resonate with the audience. The Indigenous voice, the Indigenous sensibility as you’ve never encountered it before. Up close and personal.

Artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Cook, Brenda L Croft, Sandra Hill, Lesley Murray and Christopher Pease.

This new three year project is about stories that have to be told – Everyone has a history. Whether it’s a grand narrative or a modest tale, an intimate moment or an everyday account, this exhibition explores the way people construct stories to connect, remember and potentially forget. The launch exhibition in this series is part of the Gallery’s commitment to build an ongoing program focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

There will also be a free Australian Artist Talk by Brenda L. Croft on 25 February, 2pm.

Join AGWA Curator, Carly Lane for an introduction to the exhibition and the work of artist, Brenda L. Croft who will reflect on her art-making practice and the importance of working closely with her family, friends and Indigenous community members to create her images.

Image credit - Michael Cook
Mother (Merry-go-round) 2016
inkjet print on paper
80 x 120 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 2016