Top-drawer fundraiser

• Fremantle artist David Prior is helping to raise funds for the Environment Defender’s Office. Photo by Kavi Guppta.

WA artists are banding together to raise funds for the Environmental Defender’s Office – the only legal centre in WA providing free, specialist advice on environmental issues.

Now in its second year, the EDOWA Art Exhibition is the organisation’s major fundraiser and social event.

“As the only community legal centre in WA working exclusively on environmental law, our main focus is to represent community groups and clients to protect their country and the special places that this state has to offer, such as the Exmouth Gulf and the rock art on the Burrup Peninsula,” says EDOWA’s principal solicitor Declan Doherty.

“It is crucial that we raise sufficient funds from the public to continue this important legal work.”

With a theme of Connection to Country, this year’s exhibition will explore artists’ personal connections to WA’s unique and fragile environment.

Connection

More than 100 original artworks including pieces from Anya Brock, David Prior, Jane Tangney and remote Indigenous art centres Papulankutja and Warman will go on sale this month.

“Coming from the Yamargi/Wadgari language group which covers a huge area of the desert stretching north east around the Gascoyne and the Murchison rivers, my connection to country is crucial and central to my art,” says Prior.

“It’s at the heart of everything I paint.”

The exhibition kicks-off at 6pm on Friday November 23 at King Street Art Gallery in Perth’s CBD.

The evening will feature a welcome to country by Noongar elder Uncle Ben Taylor Cuermara, a speech by water minister Dave Kelly, and a live art performance by Fremantle’s “Shakey”.

Attendees will have the chance to view and purchase works selected by EDOWA curators.

The works will also be exhibited on Saturday November 24, with online sales starting next day.

by KAVI GUPPTA

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