[THE ALTERNATIVE ARCHIVE] exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of regional contemporary arts practice in Western Australia since the Boundless project was presented at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 20years ago.

Tour the survey exhibition with co-curator, Anna Louise Richardson, who responds to to the proposition that artists are the recorders of social history, the creators of cultural capital in any community and their creative output is central to understanding our sense of identity, place and community.


15 May to 30 July 2021

Co-curated by independent curator, Anna Louise Richardson, and Gallery Director, Chris Malcolm.

[ THE ALTERNATIVE ARCHIVE ] presents a contemporary visual archive of regional Western Australian arts practice. The first WA survey of it’s kind in 20 years, it offers a dynamic anthology of how regional artists form the cultural heart of their communities and documents how regional artists, as story-tellers and keepers of alternative histories and records, relate to their people, towns, communities and regions. THE ALTERNATIVE ARCHIVE aims to increase understanding of the arts ecology, the practices and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia.

Supported by Navitas, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Australia Council for the Arts, JCG Founders Club and Donor Circle, Regional Arts WA, Galleries West, Freighting Ideas, ART ON THE MOVE, Art Gallery of WA, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Lotterywest, Southern Forest Arts and The Creative Grid.

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