He is Myself – The Art of Nyaparu William Gardiner
Retrospective exhibition at Rose de Freycinet Art Gallery celebrates the remarkable life and work of one of the most iconic artists to emerge from Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Shark Bay Discovery Centre is honoured to present He is Myself: The Art of Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
A proud Nyangumarta/Warnman/Manjilyjarra man, Mr. Gardiner was a stockman, award-winning artist, storyteller and language worker whose artwork tells the important story of a time and place cemented in Western Australia’s history.
Born in the years leading up to Australia’s first Aboriginal workers’ strike, the 1946 – 1949 Pilbara Strike, Mr. Gardiner lived, worked and raised a family in the country’s remote north-west spanning both the Kimberley and Pilbara.
As a member of the renowned ‘Strelley Mob’, his creative body of work is a fascinating in sight into the life of Aboriginal pastoral workers and an era of unprecedented social and economic change that included the fight for Aboriginal people’s rights and recognition.
The exhibit is on display from 3 March to 23 April 2023 at the Rose de Freycinet Art Gallery, open during the Shark Bay Discovery Centre operating hours.