Bush Women: 25 Years On


A restaging of the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. 25 years ago Bush Women was the first exhibition focusing on key Aboriginal artists in the Kimberley and Western Desert.

In Brief

Dates: Jul 21 - Sep 08, 2018
Venue / Address:
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street Fremantle Western Australia, Fremantle

In Detail

The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Mary McLean.

Living in diverse remote communities in WA these artists painted their culture and the narratives of their lives with authority and vigour, in strikingly individual styles. At the time of the original exhibition in 1994, the work of Aboriginal women from WA was in the nascent stages of its critical recognition, and the work of these six artists had never been exhibited before. The original Bush Women was curated by John Kean, and helped to generate broader appreciation of these fine artists.

Opening Event: Fri 20 Jul | 6:30pm | Free Entry

Exhibition Tour: Sat 21 July | 2pm | Free Entry

25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA. Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.

Bush Women is curated by FAC’s Erin Coates and the exhibition’s original curator John Kean.