OUR fundraising exhibitions fuse art, education and, where desired, artists and arts centres involvement in fund raising initiatives for select Indigenous educational, health, art and community projects. We create special fundraising exhibitions and donate between 10% and 25% of total sales to the partner organisation, with arts centres and artists receiving full payment for works sold. We also regularly donate and facilitate the donation of works for select environmental, art, educational, Indigenous and other initiatives
Current fundraising drive: Rebuilding an Aboriginal homeland community Claude Carter - The Bawoorrooga Appeal
Our current fundraising initiative is focused on the plight of the community established by East Kimberley artist Claude Carter - a wonderful artist we've had the privilege of representing for a number of years. This small homeland community of Bawoorrooga was established by Claude and his wife, the artist Andrea Pindan(a leading artist of Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing) in 2000. Excised from Bohemia Downs Station near Fitzroy Crossing, where Claude was a stockman for many years and granted to him by his elders, over the last 16 years, Claude and his family have built this community themselves to create a safe space for their family and friends, to teach Law and Culture and share their knowledge.
They built an Art Shed, a food garden, a native plant nursery, and a fruit orchard over their 16 years there, and use mainly solar power and a wood fire to survive. Here Claude and Andrea have looked after young men and boys who are heading down the wrong path, teaching them culture, law and strength. His community is a fundamental part of keeping people of the East Kimberley strong and healthy.
Destroyed by fire
Tragically, Bawoorrooga was destroyed by fire early in the New Year of 2017. Claude and his family lost their accommodation and all of their belongings and clothes.
We want to help give them back the necessities, shelter, clothing and everyday use items.
But there’s a problem
Fitzroy Crossing is very remote. It is very expensive to get anything there, and even more expensive to buy things there. Bawoorrooga is 500 km from Broome, and over 2000 km from Perth. Claude, Andrea and their family need much help to get back on their feet again.
We have the opportunity to help by donating a beautiful painting by Claude for sale with ALL proceeds going directly to the building appeal. Claude’s friend and agent Kevin Kelly, manager of Red Rock Art and Salt Contemporary with whom we've presented exhibitions of Claude's art, are joining us in this donation and taking no percentage of this sale.
The beautiful painting - Limestone Ridge at Goonboorooru Cave is 120 x 90cm. It is painted in Claude’s strong signature style, using the pure Kimberley ochres he gathers from his ochre pit at Bawoorrooga and is framed in a wooden shadow box frame. Price is $4800.
A sale of this painting would be of significant help towards the rebuild and would return the buyer a very special work of fine art.
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The art of Claude Carter
Claude is an artist, leader and traditional healer whose work we have had the privilege of representing for some years. Claude Carter was born in 1971. His uncle was the leading Kimberley artist Butcher Cherel. He has been painting since 2005 with the Fitzroy Crossing-based art centre Mangkaja Arts, where his wife Andrea Pindan is also a leading artist. In 2009 he extended his practice to work in pure Kimberley ochres in partnership with Red Rock Art, Kununurra. This shift enabled his work to gain more strength and structure, along with a fine graphic quality and texture through the use of ochres he mines from his own land.
The central focus of Claude's art is his homeland of Goonboorooru. Containing a sacred cave, this place is his inherited land and he is custodian and protector of it. He has continued to consistently protect it from outside incursions and it is his enduring theme of his strikingly beautiful art.