The anticipation builds…

The pre-selection committee have just completed their first walk through all the pieces submitted for the 2011 Hedland Art Awards! Currently, they are performing a second walk-through viewing each artwork with expert eyes to determine which pieces will be displayed for this very special exhibition. This committee is using the utmost care and consideration in compiling this exhibition. Later, the chosen pieces will be judged by a separate group of experts whose brag sheets can be viewed here.

Starting tomorrow, the 2011 Hedland Art Awards exhibition will begin to go up on the walls. Well, it’s not that easy. Sean Byford, our talented art installer, will use the entire ten days leading up to the exhibition opening to create perfection on our walls.

Sean’s talents consist of creating a smooth and cohesive layout for art displays in various spaces and that’s exactly what this exhibition is going to call for. With mediums ranging from charcoal sketches, linograph prints, metal sculptures, and acrylic canvases to name a few, this exhibition is definitely going to be a very interesting and dynamic one to view!

The 2011 Hedland Art Awards opens Friday, August 26th from 6pm. If you haven’t already done so, RSVP for the exhibition opening by emailing the Courthouse Gallery at or call us at 9173 1064.

See ya at the opening of the 2011 Hedland Art Awards!

Standing Together: Stories from Roebourne Art Group

On view 26 June 2011 to 14 August 2011 at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery.

Drawing on the make-up of their land, the Roebourne Art Group has produced a new collection of paintings that tell the stories of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people and their cultural heritage.

This exhibition illustrates the natural beauty found in the Pilbara desert with special attention to colourful landscapes and unique native plants. Pieces in this collection also depict man’s influence on this region, resulting in sharp contrasts visible throughout the exhibition.

Anthropologist Hamish Morgan explains the cultural significance of painting and sharing the stories represented in Standing Together as a part of honoring Yindjibarndi Dreamtime,

The ‘Dreamtime’ is not only a sacred creation narrative, it is also something that is personally experienced and lived with. The Dreamtime is not past, but is ever-present; it is part of people’s everyday lives. The act of visiting country, the act of telling stories or painting country is all part of Yindjibarndi people’s custodial responsibilities to ‘hold’ the Dreaming, something that happens in both formal (such as ceremony and Law business) and informal (such as ‘going out bush’ ‘taking the kids fishing’) ways.

It is through the sharing of stories in this exhibition that Roebourne Art Group and FORM offer you a glimpse into the true essence of standing, moving and growing together.

Big Rain Coming – Opening May 26 in Perth

Port Hedland: a surreal view

My name in Anne Bateman, I am 46 and have been living in Port Hedland for 16 months.  I took all my own photos in and around Port Hedland, the resulting images are a little strange and far from realistic but show a different perspective of things we see here every day.

How insignificant we are

Protective Endangerment


How insignificant we are

Oh, What a Night!

This entry is a bit late in coming but the girls at the Gallery still can’t get over what a wonderful success the Before the Town Got Big opening night was.

As the exhibition continues, everyone who peruses it raves about the unique and beautiful artwork and the fact that the pieces are selling at warp speed!

Prior to the exhibition, the Spinifex Hill Artists worked daily for months honing their artistic talents. This exhibition tells the stories of the artists’ lives and experiences growing up in Port Hedland and the Pilbara before it became the mining hub it is now known for.

Before the Town Got Big will be displayed at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery until December 24th, but that doesn’t mean your favourite painting will be available to purchase for that long! Stop into the Gallery and bring home a piece of Before the Town Got Big before someone else scoops it up!

Photos courtesy of Faye Harris.

The Stories Project: Puntawarri

The Stories Project: Puntawarri from CuriousWorks on Vimeo.

“For family, woman, man and child, going back to the land they know.”
- Billy Landy aka Butler

Catch a slice of Martu life in 2 minutes.

On a return to country trip to Durba Springs in June this year, Martumili artist Yankura paints his traditional home Puntawarri. The backing track, performed by Butler is also about Puntawarri, a longing to return to their ancestral home.

Visit The Stories Project website for more videos.

Producer: Dave Wells
Directors: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John, Carol Macdonald
Directors Photography: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John, Carol Macdonald
Editors: Curtis Taylor, Anthony Gibbs, Owen John

Sound: Anthony Gibbs
Music: courtesy of Billy Landy aka Butler, “Puntawarri”, recorded live

The Stories Project
Creative Director: Shakthidharan
Producer: Eleanor Winkler
Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris

The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.

Content by the Desert Stories crew is produced in partnership between CuriousWorks and Martu Media, a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

Glass Lane Public Art

Have you walked along Glass Lane lately? If not, you’d be pretty surprised to see the latest feature of the West End. On 17 October the Small Wins team, formed from FORM’s Pilbara Place Making Workshops, came together with support from the Port Hedland Police Station and the Youth Involvement Council to turn an ordinary chain-link fence into a large-scale canvas popping with colour.

Geraldton-based artist Helen Ansell led community members in the first of the Small Wins projects. The artwork that inspired the project is Dinner Camp painted by Spinifex Hill Artist Maggie Green as part of the Before The Town Got Big exhibition. The painting tells the story of the artist’s life growing up at Myroodah Station.

Take a stroll along Glass Lane and admire the hard work of the Small Win’s Team.

Before Police Fence

After Police Fence

The Fence lit up for the Glass Lane Markets

Photos courtesy of Samantha Bell & Bill Shaylor

Nothing Came By Road

A public sculpture project by and for the people of Hedland

Nothing Came by Road is a collection of six sculptures, made from the original pylons of the old Hedland Jetty, which pay tribute to the town’s heritage as a rail hub and sea port.

Under the guidance and mentorship of Fremantle-based sculptors Anne Neil and Steve Tepper, six local artists – Randal Canning, Zabia Chmielewski, Garry Horton, Daniele Specogne, John Todd and Louis Warren – designed and made these pieces in 2003.

The sculpture project, part of an overall town centre development scheme, was funded by the Australia Council, the Department of Culture and Arts of the Government of Western Australia, and BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Additional support came from BOC Gases Limited, Brambles, C Con Concrete, C and J Contracting, Coates Hire, Hedland Emporium, Onesteel Metaland, Port Hedland Port Authority, Portside Fabrications, Sims Metal, Taylors Disposals and Transline Tree Trimmer.

The six sculptures were originally installed in February 2004 on the site of the oldest building in Hedland, St Matthews Church (now demolished), beside the Courthouse Gallery.  Anne Neil and Steve Tepper donated the beautiful cast bronze name plaques for each sculpture.  In 2004, Nothing Came by Road was listed among 35 of the best Regional Art projects in Australia.

In 2010 the sculptures were re-located into this specially landscaped Sculpture Park.

Sculptures close-up:

With Cyclone, Randal Canning humorously references the impact of cyclones in this part of the world. Randal has contributed to a number of public art pieces in Hedland and  won the People’s Choice and Best Sculpture awards in the 2002 Hedland Art Awards.

Zabia Chmielewski’s Ocean Going World articulates the dependence of early non-Indigenous settlers on sea trade and transport. Zabia, a sculptor and visual artist, won the Most Outstanding Artwork award in the 2002 Hedland Art Awards.

With Raising the Marble Bar, Garry Horton acknowledges the development of rail throughout the Pilbara. Garry was highly commended in the 2002 Hedland Art Awards.

For Staircase to a View, photographer, jeweller and stone carver Daniele Specogne creates informal seating and a circular staircase structure out of variously-sized pieces of pylon. The text is burnt into its surfaces.

With his sculpture Harbouring a Jetty, Louis Warren celebrates Port Hedland’s original jetty and the fact that, in the early days of non–Indigenous settlement, everything needed for survival came by sea.

Indigenous landscape artist John Todd gives insight into the impact of non-indigenous settlement of Port Hedland on the area’s Indigenous people with his moving sculpture The Invisible Man. Choosing not to work with a jetty pylon, John instead used the wood of a ghost gum.

IASKA Roebourne

IASKA has been doing some great public art and multimedia installations in the Roebourne area.  Check it out here

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route recently launched at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia, in partnership with FORM, recently launched Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route in Canberra.  The Exhibition will be open until January 26, 2011.  Hopefully you will be able to see it in Canberra, otherwise it is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to Perth late 2011.

The event was a great success, with over 50 artists from the 9 community art enterprises along the Canning Stock Route able to attend, including about 20 from Martumili Artists in the East Pilbara.  The artists brought the opening and public programs to life with a generosity of  insights, cultural knowledge and personal stories.

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