LIVE EXHIBITION

4 – 8 and 11 – 15 October 2021
8.00am to 4.30pm
Central Park foyer, 152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

5 – 7 October 2021
10.00am to 3.00pm
Central Park foyer, 152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth

FASHION SHOW

6 October 2021
12.00pm to 12.30pm
Central Park Gardens, 152-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth

ONLINE EXHIBITION

4 – 15 October 2021

COLOURS OF OUR COUNTRY

Colours of our Country shares the stories and customs of the Pilbara, showcasing a vibrant collection of artworks proudly exhibited by Rio Tinto.

Now in its 16th year, Colours of our Country has evolved from a pop-up exhibition commemorating 40 years of Rio Tinto iron ore operations in Western Australia, into a high-profile annual event, providing art-lovers the opportunity to connect with Pilbara Aboriginal artists and hear the stories that inspire their work.

Following the success of the inaugural online exhibition in 2020, Colours of our Country will once again return online and coincide with the physical exhibition in Perth, Western Australia.

There’s an incredible line up of talented Pilbara based artists for the 2021 Colours of our Country from independent artists and participating art centres which include Cheeditha Art Group, Wanga Roebourne Art Group and Yinjaa-Barni Art.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the stories, culture and traditions of the magnificent Pilbara landscape and the people who call it home.

Take a moment to meet them and hear what inspires them.

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SIGNATURE ARTIST Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy is from Yinjaa-Barni Art based in the Pilbara regional town of Roebourne, Western Australia, and is this year’s Colours of our Country signature artist.

Melissa’s painting titled ‘Pilbara Wildflowers’ depicts the beautiful orange colour of the flowers that grow on the ground during the Pilbara’s flowering seasons.

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Silent Auction – Blue Tree

Tom Price based artist Melanie Robinson was inspired by the Blue Tree Initiative after living in the Pilbara for 25 years and seeing how many people in the region are impacted by mental health challenges. Melanie decided to paint this blue tree which she describes as “something that is close to our hearts” and is hoping this will encourage conversations and donations. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Blue Tree Project.

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Inaugural exhibition held in
 2006
$2.6 million 
to participating Pilbara Aboriginal artists, and arts groups
2,594 
artworks sold
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