Image credit: Marianne Penberthy An Offering, 2019. Photo by Brad Coleman. Image courtesy of John Curtin Gallery.

About this exhibition

Carnarvon Library & Gallery, July 28 – September 24 2023

The Alternative Archive touring exhibition presents a contemporary visual archive of regional Western Australian arts practice, documenting a dynamic anthology of how regional artists relate to the people, homes, towns or regions that they know so well. It showcases work by 31 contemporary artists selected from a series of regionally based exhibitions facilitated by local curators.

The Alternative Archive is the culmination of a three-year project involving 13 regional art galleries, 35 curators and 200 artists and is co-curated by John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm and Independent Curator/Artist Anna Louise Richardson. It aims to increase understanding of the arts ecology, the practices and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia.

Naomie Hatherley, June Dijagween, Peggy Madij Griffiths,
Agnes Yamboong Armstrong, Brenda Mingen Ningamara, Mary-Lou Divilli

Marianne Penberthy, Charmaine Green, Mark Smith,
Ellen Norrish, Gabrielle Butler

Michelle Slarke, Jeanne Melville, Tania Spencer, Chan Dalgarno

Goldfields – Esperance
Karen McClurkin, Tina Carmody, Debbie Carmody, Kgukgi Catherine Howard Noble

Great Southern
Serena McLauchlan

Alana Grant, Lyn Nixon, James Walker, Deidre Robb, Maitland Hill

Claudette Mountjoy, Lizzie Troup, Louise Tasker
MEDIAInstallation, Textile, Video, Photography, Painting
INSTALLATIONApprox. 60 running metres (scalable)
Includes some complex multi-part installations. Technical support can be provided on request.
MARKETINGMarketing Kit (includes e-invitation template, artwork for hard copy invitation, media release, promotional images, logos and acknowledgements)
INTERPRETATION MATERIALSExhibition and sponsorship panels
Artwork labels
Exhibition brochures (free for distribution)
Full catalogue (available for purchase)
TOUR DURATIONUntil July 2024. Available WA and interstate.
COST SHAREART ON THE MOVE Members: $4,000 (inc. GST)
Non Members: $4,500 (inc. GST)

Artists Charmaine Green and Mark Smith

Charmaine Green & Mark Smith, Unravelling Archives 1, 2019. Image courtesy the artists and Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Tina Carmody, Wiru Kapi, 2017. Image courtesy the artist.

June Dijagween 2019

June Djiagween, When the Marjar came (blackbirding), 2019. Image courtesy Kevin Smith.

Michelle Slarke artist
Image credit: Michelle-Slarke, Re-made – Artefacts after Burning series, detail 2019. Photo by Rebecca-Clarke.


A short video featuring Wajarri-Badimaya-Maori man Mark Smith, and his mother, Wajarri-Badimaya woman Dr Charmaine Green.

“Archives aren’t just in the libraries you know. They’re everywhere.”

For Smith, art making with his mother means more than the picture at the end. In this video, Smith interrogates Western modes of archival knowledge and highlights the importance of stories and information held by families and communities, and their transfer to subsequent generations.


Artist Profile: Tina Carmody

In 2002, Upurli Upurli/Anangu Spinifex and Wudjari/Noongar woman Tina Carmody was a co-curator of the last major survey of regional art in Western Australia, Boundless. 20 years later she found herself curating Nganana, the Goldfields iteration of The Alternative Archive project, with her work Wiru Kapi selected for John Curtin Gallery’s regional survey exhibition The Alternative Archive. ART ON THE MOVE headed to Kalgoorlie-Boulder to find out more…. Read more.

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This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered by ART ON THE MOVE. The Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is sponsored by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit health message.