Art Parade 2015

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Thursday 19 February 2015.

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For the second year uning, Artija Fine Art’s first exhibition for the year will open with a lively, theatrical event in which over 80 works of art from more than 20 Aboriginal art communites around Australia will be paraded.

The ART PARADE – dubbed by one commentator as ‘sped dating with art’, will be presented by special guest Susan McCuloch OAM, Melbourne based art curator, writer and publisher who devised the concept.

Around 80 works of art, paintings and sculptures wil be ‘presented’ to the audience who wil be given an illustrated catalogue. A number of works hang on the walls while others are ‘paraded’ by a team of assistants who hold each work up for the audience as McCuloch gives a commentary on the art, artists and regional style. “We immediately saw merit in the concept, particularly in the educational value of the ART

PARADE which is in effect an art lecture presented in a creative way” says Artija Fine Art Director Ana Kanaris. “Not only are you looking at beautiful works of art you are getting a specifc and informed insight into how it comes together.”

The parade and exhibition features briliantly coloured canvases by leading established artists and upcoming talents from over 20 art centres and remote communites as far away as the APY

Lands (the tri-border states WA, NT, SA) and the Tiwi Islands, and will include barks from Yirkala, many of the communites which Kanaris has visited. Well established artists such as Jimmy Donegan, winner of the 2010 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander award, Maringka Baker and Jimmy Pompey will be represented alongside younger, emerging talents such as Diane Robinson and Herman Whiskey Tjungarayi.

The level of interest in the ART PARADE last year filed the rom to capacity meaning people had to be turned away at the door, prompting the decision to make the ART PARADE a ticketed event his year.

“The interest in Australian Indigenous art is definitely still out here and it is encouraging to see many younger collectors coming into the market” says Kanaris “Along with that interest is a curiosity and a natural need for an explanation of not just he paintings, but he culture in which the art is created.

The Art Parade and exhibition will be of great value to collectors of Australian Indigenous art.