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Studio expansion reflects Pilbara’s Aboriginal art industry growth

Jul 8, 2021

Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan poses with artist Nyangulya Katie Nalgood after officially opening the new Spinifex Hill Project and Gallery Space in South Hedland. Photo: Pilbara Development Commission.


Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened the new Spinifex Hill Studio Project and Gallery Space in South Hedland.

Designed by award-winning architects Officer Woods, the new project and gallery space is the latest addition to the Spinifex Hill Studio complex that was established in 2014.

The delivery of this new facility is in direct response to the growth of the Spinifex Hill artists and increasing interest from locals and visitors wanting to engage with artists and their artworks.

The project and gallery space will enable Spinifex Hill artists to hold exhibitions that enable close encounters with the people and identities of regional places, while making a significant contribution towards creating sustainable, ongoing jobs for artists in the region.

The first exhibition showcased as part of the official opening, 'Where We Go to Paint', opened on July 7, featuring established and emerging artists.

Funding for the new project space was provided by BHP and Lotterywest, with further support by the McGowan Government through a $100,000 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant.

Read the Minister's full statement here.

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