Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak

February 25, 2017 to
August 13, 2017
Art Gallery of WA

Plain Speak is the first part of the new annual exhibition series, Everybody has a History, initiated by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. These are personal stories that demand to be told. Whether it’s a grand tale or something intimate as a diary, these are stories and histories that provoke a response from us the audience. The first part to be exhibited, Plain Speak, will focus on the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

The exhibition will include 40-50 works of art from video work, paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles. The works of art will be sourced from the State Art Collection as well as a selection of key works from private and public collections in Australia.

The main purpose behind Plain Speak is to showcase the artists as themselves in the most personal way. Plain Speak will see the artists detailing their personal events and political and social issues they have experience, and how this inspires and/or compels them to make art. The exhibition intends to the show these stories as an example of the artists’ vulnerability and strength. Some of the artists to be expected at Plain Speak includeds Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Revel Cooper, Brenda L. Croft, Bindi Cole Chocka, Bella Kelly, Alick Tipoti, Sandra Hill and Tracey Moffatt.

Exhibition runs from 25 February to 13 August with the gallery open 10-5 Wed-Mon.

Australian Artist Talk | Brenda L. Croft | FREE
2pmSaturday 25 February
Join AGWA Curator, Carly Lane for an introduction to the exhibition and the work of artist, Brenda L. Croft who will reflect on her art-making practice and the importance of working closely with her family, friends and Indigenous community members to create her images.



No place warrior, 2009
Watercolour on arches paper
Courtesy the Artist,
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia;
Purchased through the TommorrowFund, Art Gallery of
Western Australia Foundation, 2010