Pinjarra Massacre Memorial



Canjern (detail)
acrylic on canvas 2008
Graham 'Swag' Taylor-Murray River Nyungars

Quiriupp (detail)
woodcut print 2008
Laurel Nannup 



Yarnup (detail)
acrylic on aluminium 2008
Gloria Kearing
Ballang (detail)
acrylic on canvas 2008
Richard Walley

6 February - 14 March 2010

This exhibition of artwork was the result of a project initiated as a memorial to the 1834 Pinjarra Massacre. Through research over many years, extensive information has been accumulated about the massacre of the Bindjareb Nyungars at the hands of a group led by Governor James Stirling in October 1834 in the small WA town of Pinjarra. This subject has been the most significant issue in the town for many years and through the research, continued observance of a memorial day and grass roots development ideas, this project concept emerged.

The concept of the project was for West Australian artists to visually interpret the actual event or Nyungar life before or after, whilst, as a tribute, adopting the name of one or more victims of the massacre. Both the subject matter and high calibre of these artists make this a significant exhibition on a national level.

It is hoped that the exhibition, with its accompanying interactive website, will spark interest outside of Western Australia and prompt people to think beyond the Pinjarra Massacre. Click here to access the website.

Exhibition Curator: Karrie-Anne Kearing

Artists: Barry Bellotti, Troy Bennell, Jody Broun, Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd, Julie Dowling, Sharyn Egan, Rob Ewing,  Athol Farmer, Ron Gomboc, Sandra Hill, Gloria Kearing, Norma MacDonald, Sally Morgan, Laurel Nannup, Shane Pickett, Ben Pushman, Graham ‘Swag’ Taylor, Primus Ugle and Richard Walley.

The tour of this exhibition was managed by ART ON THE MOVE.

Pinjarra Massacre Memorial proudly presented by Pinjarra Katijin.

New publication

Pinjarra Massacre Memorial is a 22 page colour catalogue. The publication contains images of all the 21 artworks commissioned for the exhibition. It also includes artists’ comments on their works, a list of artists and an introduction to the project. Pinjarra Massacre Memorial is managed by ART ON THE MOVE. The catalogue is available from the Gift Shop for $7.50.