Coalesce exhibition set to shine

The distinctly Western Australian art exhibition, Coalesce opens at KolbuszSpace Perth on August 3 as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. 

Coalesce presents innovative practices by artists working within and beyond the craft space, with unique textiles by regional WA Aboriginal artists alongside contemporary ceramic works by two Perth based artists. 

Curated by Sandra Murray; Tom Freeman and Holly O’Meehan’s sculptural ceramics feature in parallel with textiles by Anita Churchill, Dora Griffiths and Cathy Ward of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts. The Waringarri artists move in 2024 to screen-printing is new: a premiere of their vibrant textiles with the culturally significant motifs of the Miriwoong people.

O’Meehan, who grew up in the Great Southern, delves into the impact of colonial agricultural methods on the natural environment in WA’s Great Southern and SW Regions. She incorporates handmade clay and ceramic objects with organic material and discarded items. 

Freeman playfully joins unconventional media to clay forms; exploring clay’s physical transformations that occur beyond his control. The Fremantle based artist adds found pieces from his daily life to spur unexpected colourful outcomes.

Waringarri is the first wholly indigenous owned art centre established in the Kimberley, and one of Australia’s oldest continuously operating art centres. 

Sandra Murray, Curator said: “Coalesce offers a unique celebration of the vibrancy of Aboriginal textile art together with two dynamic Fremantle/Walyulup based artists”.

August 3 – 11 2024

KolbuszSpace, 2 Gladstone Street, Perth

Wed – Sat: 10 – 4, admission free


This exhibition is possible with the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries