Art has always played an important role in the life of Indigenous Australians, connecting the people with the land, the past with the present, and passing on stories and traditions of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultures. Similarly, art has been a major force in the lives these three Indigenous artists now resident in the Ipswich area – Sally Harrison, Dale Weston and Annie Clarke. Each has a unique story which they tell through their paintings. Using nature, family, traditional stories and the land itself as inspiration these artists draw upon their Indigenous heritage to celebrate the resilience of their culture and to preserve their traditions for the future.
Image: Sally Harrison The magic carpet (2012) Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 150 cm. City of Ipswich Collection, 2012