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Aboriginal artwork

For more than 30 years it has been a standard routine at Government House to update the public rooms, main hallways and entrances with good Australian art.

To maintain a balanced representation of pieces, Government House has worked regularly with galleries and collectors including The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Janet Holmes à Court and Wesfarmers.

Aboriginal artwork collection

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, the Governor and Ms Annus are proud to have a variety of original Aboriginal art on display at Government House.

The collection features works from leading Aboriginal artists in the Kimberley and the Great Victoria Desert – made possible by loans from the Le Pley Collection and The Hassall Collection.

The work from Kimberley art centres hails from the Mangkaja Artists Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing), Bidyadanga (south of Broome) and Warlayirti Artists (Balgo). While the Spinifex Arts Project in Tjuntjuntjara (south of Warburton and north of the Nullarbor Plain) represents the works from the Great Victoria Desert.

The pieces are on display in public areas and rooms of the House to fascinate the many guests who visit, including those from overseas.

Governor’s priorities

The Governor is committed to “Furthering understanding and promoting the well-being of our Aboriginal populations” and has outlined this in his Statement of Priorities.

In February 2019, the Governor was pleased to meet with a few of the artists whose work is on display in the House. They were in Perth as part of a group of more than 40 artists – three independent and the rest from across six art centres – to attend a function at Government House acknowledging their commissions in the 2019 Perth Festival Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition.

At the function, the Governor remarked:

“Through these exciting contemporary mediums, you generously share the oldest of stories of the land and your ancestry – the oldest continuous civilisation on this earth, and showcase the creativity and outstanding variety of Kimberley arts and your deep culture and knowledge.


Your art provides us non Aboriginal people with an invaluable window into your world view.”

Photos from the function for visiting Kimberley artists in February 2019

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How to view the artworks

Community groups can book a House Tour and view the display, as well as pick up a copy of the Australian Aboriginal Art booklet to learn more.

Please note, House Tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. Check our House Tours page for updates as they become available.

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Artwork on display in the Main Entrance Hallway looking towards the Drawing Room. This piece in the foreground is ‘Kutarmiti’ by artist Wakartu Cory Surprise.

More images of the artworks are available to view in the image galleries on this page


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