Karratha’s creativity on display at Red Earth Arts Precinct in Unbound Reality exhibit

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Rob Forlani’s’ Patrycja 1
Camera IconRob Forlani’s’ Patrycja 1 Credit: Supplied/BLB creative

An upcoming art exhibition in Karratha will showcase the unbound talent of the town’s artists at the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

The exhibit, Unbound Reality, is the first of this year’s season, with a further seven to eight planned.

The show will open on February 3 and is a celebration of each artist and their abstract expressions, unbound and untamed by traditional forms of representation.

It features five local artists; Kelvin D’Souza, Linda Daniel Rowlands, Christina Goodman, Chelsea McAuliffe, Yvonne Weller and also internationally shown Rob Forlani.

Arts exhibition program manager Sarah Roots said the show would see a new and refreshing collection of abstract art adorning the walls and ceiling of the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

She said having space for artists to be showcased was essential to a career in the arts industry.

“As an artist, having your artwork exhibited can push you to break new ground, boost your profile, build audience, enable future development from revenue raised, provide networking opportunities and facilitate a certain kind of self-growth otherwise impossible,” she said.

“Then there is the importance of showcasing art for the local and visiting community. The necessity of showcasing art to enrich our lives, especially in current times.

“Exhibitions can provide soothing aesthetics and encourage critical thinking. They create connection through relatability, in recognised colours or familiar shapes.”

Ms Roots said art also could help us make sense of the world around us, or help us escape just that for the time we spend admiring the art.

Unbound Reality is the first in a series of exhibitions which will run back-to-back at the precinct, showcasing a range of mediums including canvas, paper, metal sculpture, pottery and textile.

“I hope to highlight the existent art communities and offerings within the City of Karratha,” she said.

“I hope that those wanting to further their careers in the art industry are able to develop in capacity and draw upon other established artists, local and otherwise.

‘’I hope for the program to increase the perceived value of arts and culture. Mainly to build upon the offering of the artistic event calendar, and very much on a local scale creating diverse opportunities for local people to contribute, upskill and get amongst their peers.’’

The exhibition will run until March 12.

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