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Open Borders and ART ON THE MOVE’s The Alternative Archive exhibition opens at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Bethany Fildes, Kyra Lumley, Brieanna Mulligan Bilbe and Brooke Smit at the launch of the Open Borders and The Alternative Archive showcase.
Camera IconBethany Fildes, Kyra Lumley, Brieanna Mulligan Bilbe and Brooke Smit at the launch of the Open Borders and The Alternative Archive showcase. Credit: Jessica Moroney

A sell-out exhibition opening night saw contemporary works from Open Borders and The Alternative Archive go on show during NAIDOC Week, challenging our connection to movement.

COVID-19 border restrictions threw us into a life based in confinement and uncertainty and on Friday, the exhibition exposed the unique experience faced by many Western Australia during the pandemic with Open Borders.

Touring exhibition The Alternative Archive with ART ON THE MOVE exposed more than 200 regional WA artists, creating an archive of work representing their communities. The exhibition showcases the diversity of regional art from around the State.

The Alternative Archive co-curator Anna Louise Richardson said the exhibition underlined the significance of the role of artists in our communities.

“Artists are recorders of social history, the creators of cultural capital in any community and their creative output is central to understanding our sense of identity, place and community,” she said.

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The exhibition is open to the public at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery until September 4.

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