Congratulations to the 40 artists selected for inclusion in the John Curtin Gallery survey of The Alternative Archive regional exhibition series (including 16 Indigenous artists):

Craig Allsop, Agnes Yamboong Armstrong, Gabrielle Butler, Debbie Carmody, Tina Carmody, Catherine Kgukgi Noble, Chan Dalgarno, Annette Davis, Mary-Lou Divilli, June Djiagween, Alana Grant, Charmaine Green and Mark Smith, Jan Goongaja Griffiths, Peggy Madig Griffiths, Naomie Hatherley, Pansy Hicks, Maitland Hill, Jason Holmes, Karen McClurkin, Serena McLauchlan, Jeanne Melville, Sarah Mills, Claudette Mountjoy, Brenda Mingen Ningarmara, Lyn Nixon, Ellen Norrish, Marianne Penberthy, Deidre Robb, Loreen Samson, Violet Samson, Michelle Slarke, Gary Smith, Tania Spencer, Louise Tasker, Casey Thornton, Monique Tippett, Lizzie Troup, James Walker, and Ben Galmirrl Ward.


Curator Chris Malcolm said artists selected for the 2020 exhibition, which will be held at the John Curtin Gallery from 15 May to 5 July, were representative of every venue and their work best epitomised the curatorial aims of the project.

“The exhibition aims to increase understanding of the arts ecology, the practices, and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia by urban audiences. The 2020 exhibition will be a contemporary visual archive of regional Western Australian arts practice, documenting a dynamic anthology of how regional artists relate to the people, homes, towns or regions that they know so well.” He said.

Alongside this exhibition was the opportunity to present a final professional development experience for the 35 regional curators involved. The two lead curators, Chris Malcolm and Anna Louise Richardson, spent time visiting the regions and worked closely with the regional curators to present innovative contemporary artworks in their own areas.

Curator Anna Louise Richardson said The Alternative Archive was a celebration of the diversity and expertise of regional artists and a great opportunity for those involved to present within a metropolitan context.

“The exhibition not only enables regional artists to present their work to bigger audiences and build their profiles, but it also showcase the capacity of regional curators and provides the artists with meaningful opportunities for professional development and peer to peer exchange.” She said.