Style & Design

Shop New Art From The Comfort Of Your Couch And Support First Nations Culture

By Sophie Hart
5th Mar 2021

Chenise Cameron's photography work of Country.

Whether it’s where you work, create or relax, if there’s one thing that 2020 taught us, it’s that curating an inspiring home is more important than ever. So if you’re looking to brighten your digs, we guarantee some fresh art will do just the trick. 

Enter The Revealed Market, a digital art emporium housing original, ethical artworks from more than 25 regional and remote WA Aboriginal art centres and emerging independent artists. 

You can purchase inspiring new art from as little as $50 in a range of mediums including paintings, textiles, carved artefacts, homewares, prints, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and more. 

The online market will be open from Monday, 29 March until Thursday, 1 April and to avoid the heartbreak of missing out on a special piece, you can register here for first access. 

Discover artists like Chenise Cameron, a Wongatha artist living on Ngarluma Country, whose photographic work focuses on the portraiture of her family and friends, as well as incredible images of Country. Through her work, she hopes to encourage people to respect these places of Country.

Marie Mudgedell's Untitled artwork.

Marie Mudgedell, Untitled, 2020, gouache on 300gsm watercolour paper, 75 x 56cm. Image courtesy the artist and Warlayirti Artists

Marie Mudgedell of the Wirrimanu (Balgo), Kururrrungku (Billiluna) and Mulan communities’ beautiful watercolour works are sure to catch your eye. Not only are Marie’s works truly breathtaking, but they’re a glimpse into the ceremonies and traditions of her culture. Marie works are of Yawulyu—an annual ceremony and gathering in which women come together from all different tribes and language groups to share their songs and dance. Marie also paints about the traditional birthing process, as well as her water dreaming and the country of Sturt Creek. 

You’ll also spy the gorgeous work of Phyllis Donegan of Kalka Community. Showcasing a style that’s geometric and precise, Phyllis' designs and iconography are associated with the Seven Sisters and Wati Kutjara Tjukurpa stories. 

Phyllis Donegan paints at Kuntjanu Homelands.

Phyllis Donegan painting at Kuntjanu Homelands, image courtesy Ninuku Arts 

As for West Australians in need of a little IRL creative inspiration, The Revealed Exhibition opens daily from Thursday, 25 March until Sunday, 23 May at Fremantle Arts Centre. Soak up the magic of this curation of paintings, installations, textiles, photography, and sculpture by more than 100 of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists. 

All artwork is available to purchase so come prepared to fall in love with a new piece, splurge, and support First Nations artists. 

Kicking off Thursday, 25 March, the opening night is set to go off with a special performance by Red Sand Beat Band, a reggae desert band travelling from Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Plus, many of the artists will be in attendance so you won’t want to miss your chance to meet them. Did we mention it’s all free entry, with a bar and food available? Like we needed another reason to go. 

Get set to support new and emerging Aboriginal artists, thanks to The Revealed Market and Exhibition. Head over here to shop the digital market and here for all the details on the exhibition. 

Image credit: Chenise Cameron (hero image of Untitled #2, 2020, photographic print), image courtesy the artist and Warlayirti Artists (Marie Mudgedell, Untitled, 2020), image courtesy Ninuku Arts (Phyllis Donegan painting at Kuntjanu Homelands)

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