2023 Power of Colours Through Connection

27 September - 21 October 2023

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A group show featuring Sonia Kurarra, Amy Palmer and Terry Murungkurr Murray, proudly presented by Aborginal & Pacific Art Gallery in association with Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

“After the catastrophic flood on January 2nd, 2023, many people were left stranded and evacuated across the Fitzroy Valley.

This devastation included many Mangkaja artists. The aged care, Guwardi Ngardu is home to many significant senior artists including Sonia Kurarra. They were evacuated to Derby and were unable to return until July. This heavily affected their art and cultural practice.

The artworks created this year highlight Sonia’s unwavering commitment to her arts practice despite the many issues created by the widespread natural disaster.

For other artists like Terry Murray and Amy Palmer, their communities were cut-off from the main townsite. Utilising helicopters and barges, some art supplies were able to be delivered, however it did make a significant impact on their well-being as well as their arts practices. Despite all of this, the two artists, like many others, have used this disaster to solidify their focus on the importance of art as a healing practice.”

-          Liam Kennedy, Manager of Mangkaja Arts