When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum

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Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Federal Referendum that was considered by many to be a critical turning point for political change within Indigenous affairs. This Federal Referendum recommended the removal of two clauses within the Australian Constitution that were discriminatory towards Indigenous Australians and, as a result of the political climate of the time, saw the highest YES vote ever recorded, with 90.77 per cent voting for change.

This exhibition will present the perspectives of a number of diverse Indigenous artistic communities from across Western Australia who were, in one way or another, significantly affected by the consequences of the yes vote in the 1967 Referendum. Featuring both traditional and contemporary mediums by artists with distinctive and distinguished practices, When the Sky Fell weaves together a range of responses and narrative threads about the historical and ongoing impact of this significant event.

Presented by PICA

Curated by Clothilde Bullen


Waringarri Arts, Kununurra
Alan Griffiths
Peggy Griffiths
Peter Newry
Mignonette Jamin

Yamatji Arts, Geraldton
Charmaine Green

Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing
Mervyn Street
John Prince Siddon

Nyoongar artists
Sharyn Egan

Warmun Arts, Turkey Creek
Freddie Timms
Rammey Ramsey
Kathy Ramsey
Gabriel Nodea
Shirley Purdie
Rusty Peters
Lindsay Malay
Patrick Mung Mung

Warlayirti Artists, Balgo Hills
Jimmy Tchooga
Jeanie Daniels
Larry Gundora

Warakurna Arts, Warakurna
Eunice Porter
Manupa Butler
Judith Yinyika Chambers
Erica Shorty Ikungka
Nola Campbell Yurnangurnu
Carol Maanyatja Golding
Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 17:00