Jo Darbyshire, Wreck of the Airlie, 2022, oil on canvas, 150 x 150cm
Jo Darbyshire, Wreck of the Airlie, 2022, oil on canvas, 150 x 150cm

Art Collective WA member Jo Darbyshire shows alongside Anna Nazzari, Lea Taylor, Kelsey Ashe and Michael Jalaru Torres in Strangers on the Shore, a Perth Festival exhibition at Holmes à Court @No.10, opening 12 February 2022.

The artists present works in response to the WA Maritime Museum's archival collection, which holds remarkable artefacts and recordings of European and Asian shipwrecks around Western Australia's coast, including where survivors had Aboriginal social contact. The exhibition also includes selected works from the Holmes à Court Collection. 

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.

Strangers on the Shore
12 February - 12 March 2022

Saturday 12 March, 3pm. Free. Registration required.

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

Opening Hours: Tue–Sat 11am–5pm

View the PERTH FESTIVAL page.