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Image of Jane Ryan artwork made of wire, hessian and wool, featuring a man and woman holding a shared flower.
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counterpART Exhibition

counterpART is an exhibition coordinated by As We Are of leading Western Australian artists with intellectual disability – Katrina Barber, Greg Barr, David Guhl, Rebecca Johnston and Jane Ryan – at Goolugatup Heathcote. The artists involved represent diverse practices including painting, sculpture, and textile and ceramics. This exhibition is an important opportunity to showcase the excellence of the artists as well as their distinctive perspectives and experience.

27 March – 9 May 2021

Opening 26 March 2021 6-8pm

The immersive sculptural installations of Katrina Barber combine beaded repurposed objects with colour-changing lights to communicate recent experiences of loss and grief. Noongar artist Greg Barr creates emotive abstract paintings that detail elements of his cultural heritage. David Guhl makes vibrant and colourful works of the Western Australian landscape in a distinct and iconic style. The work of Rebecca Johnston is inspired by her childhood friend, ‘Pippa’ – a daschund. Each of Johnston’s quirky dogs has a unique character, including attentive ears, panting tongues and wagging tails. Jane Ryan works in embroidery and draws inspiration for her work from memories of her family, friends and New Zealand heritage. The exhibition is coordinated by Susie Waller, Manager of As We Are.

Opening night: 6pm, Friday 26th March 2021

Artist Talk: 1-2pm, Saturday 8th May 2021 – featuring artists Greg Barr and Rebecca Johnston

Exhibition open: 27 March to 9 May 2021, 10am – 3pm Mon – Fri, and 12 – 4pm Sat – Sun

Address: Goolugatup Heathcote, Collections Gallery, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross

Image: Jane Ryan, ‘Mum and Dad, Shared Flower’, wire, hessian & wool, 25 x 34 cm (Photo courtesy of Jane Ryan)