Newsletter October 2020

Newsletter October 2020

Welcome to October … or almost November

In this crazy year, like so many others in the Kimberley, KAN has gone from cancelling events and wondering what to do next, to being busier than ever!  
This has been very energising and we’d like to thank everyone who has been part of our events and projects – so many people have come together and given us a hand with things and KAN is evolving and growing with the collaboration and generosity of our creative community.

Did you ‘snap up’ an artwork at the Snapshot Auction?  

In August, our very own Art Auctioneer, KAN Chairperson Chris Maher sold every single one of the 63 fantastic small works, delivering dividends to our artists, and also helping to support KAN to develop our member programs and keep growing and promoting arts across the Kimberley region. 

All the works were fantastic and we really appreciate the support of the artists who donated their works (or portions of them) to KAN. 
Many thanks also to Steve Angoorly for the music and to the cake makers! 

We look forward to the next Auction in 2021

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The Snapshot Auction at the Broome convention Centre

Shinju Art Awards 

The Shinju Art Awards is Broome’s annual public exhibition and is a fixture of the Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl.  KAN was invited to manage the Art Awards but with all the uncertainty of this Coronovirus year, there was a shortened time frame to deliver the festival. Despite this, we were thrilled to see it all come together and our three judges were impressed with the diversity and quality.

Judges were local artist Ian McConnell, Belinda Cook manager at Fitzroy Crossing’s Mangkaja Arts, and Jane McGowan from the Junction Co in Port Hedland.  Having recently run the Jury Prize in the Pilbara, Jane brought a professional and fresh eye to the role. KAN truly appreciated the support of Allure South Sea Pearls to ensure the Art Awards could host an external judge and maintains the Art awards’ high standards. 

KAN hosted a Members Night viewing with a number of special guests who mingled and viewed the exhibition.  Guest speakers Josh Cocking and Jacky Cheng eloquently shared the challenges of being professional artists working at a national level with the commitments and rewards of taking the leap into the professional ‘art world’.  We greatly appreciate the support of the Shire of Broome to host the evening and look forward to making it an annual event. 

We were also proud to host Gemma Robins from Regional Arts WA.  It was a great opportunity for KAN to share our activity and to introduce Gemma to some of the creative Kimberley community that she may not have already met.  KAN is looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with RAWA and developing the local arts industry.

And finally, here’s a special shout out to the awesome volunteers: Avrel Ford, Alison Howlett and Mel Foster who made the whole week work. As well as our team of young artworkers and curators: Capel Price, Trinity-Blue Newsham, Albert Clifton, Rider Shillinglaw Boon and Jude Gugiera.

Congratulations to the winners of all categories:

  • Painting Award Erin McManus ‘End of the Line’ 
  • Mixed media and textiles Stephen Eastaugh ‘Closely remote region with black holes’
  • Sculpture Award Jacky Cheng ‘The Best Kept Secret’
  • Aboriginal Art Dorothy Forrest “Rivers and Waterholes”
  • Photography Award Alan Grey ‘Three brothers amd laughing gas’
  • Youth award Albert Clifton ‘Dry season’ 
  • Shire of Broome Acquisitive Award Naomie Hatherley ‘Heretic’ (below)
  • Peoople’s Choice Award: Paul Boon ‘Big Barra’
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Shinu Art Awards Shire aquisitve awards Winner Naomi Hatherley with her work ‘Heretic’

The Kimberley Arts Showcase 

Rolling on from the Shinju Art Awards, KAN moved straight into managing the Regional Arts Showcase on behalf of Regional Arts WA.   

The Showcase of performance and visual arts accompanied the Community Cabinet Meeting with about 200 community members, which was held on 20 September at the Civic Centre in Broome. The Cabinet Meeting brought the Premier Mark McGowan and Ministers to Broome to engage with the community, local government and organisations on the ground.   

As we know, the Kimberley punches above its weight when it comes to creative output and while the showcase was a fanastic opportuntiy to display art from right across this huge and diverse region, the small selection was just the tip of the iceberg.We were lucky to engage Marrugeku for one of two performances and Dalisa Pigram presented a challenging and evocative solo work highlighting the complex social and cultural heritage of the region. Marni Ham from the Broome Senior High School and AJ Moore also provided music and there was a distinct Kimberley vibe in the room.  The inclusion of textiles works, modeled by four young women from the ‘Warrmijala Murrgurlayi Rise up to Work’ program at Nyamba Buru Yawuru added to the diversity of arts and cultral activity on show.  The event gave everyone an opportunity to mingle, and KAN joined other leading arts organisations to chat with Minster for the Arts David Templeman and Paul McPhail, CEO of Regional Arts WA. 

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Meredith Bell and Jael Johnson (Theatre Kimberley, Dalisa Pigram (Marrugeku), Minister for the Arts David Templeman, Tony Lee (Magabala Books), Clancy McDowell (KAn), Paul McPhail (Regional Arts WA) and Robina Burton (marugeku)

Rewrite the Book 

It’s great to see this community art project up and running.  Rewrite the Book was originally planned as part of the Broome Fringe Festival this year. Like so many other events, the Coronovirus cancelled that and KAN put the Festival on hold until 2021.  However, some events have been developed outside the Festival.  Rewrite the Book asked community members to take a book as their raw material and turn it into a piece of art. 

Jacky Cheng, renowned paper artist and trainer led the workshops at the Broome Community Recovery Centre and nurtured participants ideas and skills.  The results are an amazing array of 25 artworks that are all unique.   Everyone really took the bull by the horns; they cut, folded, painted, constructed and created pieces that included storm tossed boats, fruit, paper dolls, lamps, trees, games and even a piece of worn art.  

The exhibition at the Broome Public Library shared the works and celebrated the creative efforts by all. Great support for the project has encouraged community members with different skill levels to develop ideas and techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment. 

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A selection of artwork on display at the Broome Public Library
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Belinda brown with her atlas artwork

    “Such a fantastic idea – so grateful for this opportunity. Great the community can get together – meet new friends – have fun – be creative – then exhibit works to support mental health week – so important.”  Participant feedback. 


This project has been supported by the Broome Public Library, the Broome Community Recovery Centre and Regional Arts WA.  With the overwhelming positive responses to the project, KAN hopes to see more opportunties developed that can capitalise on this strong community support and share the art with our creative community.