Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley is the highly anticipated culmination of the Art Gallery of WA’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project, supported by Rio Tinto. This landmark exhibition showcasing the vibrant and contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists opens with a cultural celebration this Saturday!


Mervyn Street at Old Fitzroy Crossing Post Office with Desert River Sea artworks. Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.

Head down to the AGWA on Saturday for an unmissable celebration of Kimberley art and culture with artist talks, art demonstrations, cultural performances, and family activities all throughout the day.


Sonia Kurarra at Danggu Geikie Gorge with artwork Noonkanbah Highway 2018 (detail). Synthetic polymer on cow hide, 140 x 268 cm. Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.

New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley has been shaped by the people and the places of the Kimberley. Artists and art centres have embraced the opportunity to share their stories of country and lived experience through innovative contemporary art practice.


Garry Sibosado Aalingoon (Rainbow Serpent) 2018 (detail). Ochre pigment on engraved pearl shell, thirty-four parts, 182 x 28 cm (overall). Photo: Michael Jalaru Torres at Kooljaman Beach, 2018.

The exhibition will be open from the 9th of February to the 27th of May and will at all times be completely free to the public.

To find out more about the project head here!


Cover photo: Daniel Walbidi Wirnpa 2016–2019 (detail). Sand installation and digital video, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Short Street Gallery.

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