Strangers on the Shore

Strangers on the Shore Holmes à Court Gallery @ No. 10 FREE
  • Australia
Sat 12 Feb – Sat 12 Mar at Holmes à Court Gallery @ No. 10, FREE

Presented in association with Holmes à Court Gallery

Strangers on the Shore is an exhibition that responds to the WA Maritime Museum's archival collection and database of the same name.* The WA Museum holds a collection of remarkable artefacts and recordings of European and earlier Asian shipwrecks on Western Australia's rugged coastline, including where survivors had Aboriginal social contact. Information and artefacts have been collected from the 1600s onwards, including oral histories, facts and legends, some supported by reports, letters and artworks, including First Nations depictions of ships drawn on coastal rock formations.

Artists in this exhibition respond to the archive in a multitude of ways, unpacking colonial histories and shining a light into the archive to interrogate, acknowledge and imagine. The exhibition includes shipwreck artefacts loaned from the WA Museum and significant artworks from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, including a multi-panel work by Ganalbingu ceremonial leader Johnny Bulun Bulun. Artists include Michael Jalaru Torres, a Djugun Yawuru man of the Kimberley region, a new work from Lea Taylor, a Bibbulmun Artist from the Wadandi Menang and Koreng nations, works by Nyungar artists Sandra Hill and Laurel Nannup, and new works from Kelsey Ashe with Sandra Harben, Jo Darbyshire, Cherish Marrington and Anna Nazzari.

Sandra Harben is Whadjuk Nyungar Cultural Consultant on this project and the invited artists will engage in archival research with the WAM collection to present large scale contemporary artworks in installation, print, sculpture, animation and performance. The exhibition explores cross cultural encounters, of the ‘strangers’ that crashed upon WA Shores and the making of myth and identity through WA coastal narratives of shipwreck, survival, coastal trade, social contact, indigenous knowledge of country and human endeavour.

*This resource was developed with the assistance of Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray for the WA Maritime Museum

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Time & Location

Sat 12 Feb – Sat 12 Mar

Holmes à Court Gallery @ No. 10, 10 Douglas Street, West Perth / Gooyaman


Free Event

Gallery Opening Times

Tue – Sat 11am – 5pm

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  • Kelsey Ashe, Mooro Boodjar 29th December 1696 (detail), 2021
  • Image courtesy and copyright of the artist

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