Overview: Open Borders Regional Presentation Series
Regional WA has been opening its borders to new ideas and experiences through a series of interconnected art exhibitions, performances and a short film developed by artists living across twelve diverse communities scattered across the State.
The Open Borders regional events series is a unique initiative of The Creative Grid - a collective of like-minded arts organisations that collaborate on projects seeding, sharing and promoting regional creativity.
Commencing in Geraldton in July 2022, the series of activities unfolded throughout late 2022 and will continue through to May 2023.
Participating communities include: Geraldton, Broome, Dwellingup, Denmark, Esperance, Carnamah, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Ravensthorpe, Kalgoorlie, Northcliffe, Narrogin, Margaret River and Gascoyne Junction.
160 visual artists contributed to the 12 group exhibitions with approx 10 performers contributing to the performance based activities.
A selection of work from each region will be showcased in a survey exhibition at the prestigious John Curtin Gallery in Perth in August-October 2023.
Participating artists in the survey exhibition are:
Geraldton: Jodie Groves, Emmaline James, Marianne Penberthy, Sara Walker, Chinese Dance Group
Dwellingup: Ned Crossley, Catherine Higham, Monique Tippett.
Denmark: Melissa Boughey, Gabrielle Gelhaar, Janine McCrum, Jen Mitchell, Nikki Green.
Esperance: Lynda Horn, Marcia Leonard.
Carnamah: Andrew Bowman-Bright, Seb Essers, Jenny Mutter.
Port Hedland: Amelia Blanco.
Kununurra: Agnes Armstrong, Betty Bundamarra, Paddy Carlton, Lily Karadada, Phyllis Ningamarra.
Northcliffe: Elizabeth Edmonds, Peter Hill, Lori Pensini, Louise Tasker, Lyndall Watson.
Ravensthorpe: Cat Tink, Louise Lodge, Judith Stewart.
Kalgoorlie: Tina Carmody, Melissa Drummond.
Narrogin: Ned Crossley and Ross Storey collaborative painting, Kellie Nelissen
Margaret River: Shayne Hadley, Elisa Markes-Young, Kate Alida Mullen, Helen Seiver.
Connection & Collaboration to build creative capacity in regional WA
Open Borders is a connection and collaboration initiative across all 9 regions of WA. Numerous processes were used to facilitate network building such as online zoom gatherings to discuss project progress and artist meetings to build relationships of support and exchange at the local level.
Exhibitions appear with most recent listed first.
Open Borders: Emergences [Margaret River]
"Each of us has a complex network of physical and psychological barricades in our lives. These can be environmental, imposed on us or self-erected. What happens when a barricade falls or is breached? Some may find euphoria in such a collapse. For others, the tension this creates can be crippling.” - Christopher Young.
Coordinated by Christopher Young and Anita Pettit with support from Dr. Laetitia Wilson.
The exhibition was open daily from 29 January to 5 March 2023.
Exhibition Preview: https://
Open Borders: Between Confinement and Liberation [Narrogin]
Presented by Arts Narrogin
Open February 1- 25
Nexis Gallery, Narrogin
Co-curated by Casey Thornton and Ned Crossley
Open Borders: Fluorescent Yellow // Electric Lime [Northcliffe]
4th December - 22nd January[Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe]
Curator - Lisa Radolmijac
Curatorial mentor - Fiona Sinclair
Participating artists: Lori Pensini, Marilyn Barrington, Elizabeth Edmonds, Elmari Steyn, Louise Tasker, Janet Leigh, Lyndall Watson, Peter Hill, Leanne White
Open Borders: Erosion [Kalgoorlie]
1st - 31st December[Artgold Gallery, Kalgoorlie-Boulder]
Curator - Bobby Lee Field
Curatorial mentor - Oskana Waters
Participating artists: Christine Carmody, Debbie Carmody,
Open Borders: The 26th Parallel and Beyond [Port Hedland]
25th November - 8th January[Courthouse gallery, Port Hedland]
Curator - Joo Tan
Curatorial mentor - Anna Louise Richardson
Open Borders: Remote [Ravensthorpe]
21st November - 5th December
[Ravensthorpe Town Hall]
Curator - Raquel Tacey
Curatorial mentor - Tania Spencer
Participating artists: Hayley Wisewould, Jarvis Smallman, Bronwyn North, Joanne Francis, Judith Stewart, Karen Duncan, Tania Spencer, Raquel Tacey, Kerrie Argent, Lynelll Belli, Louise Lodge, Emily Dawn, Gab Major, Cat Tink
Open Borders: IN[SITE] [Esperance]
29th September - October 30th[Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance]
Curator - Sarsby Martin
Curatorial mentor - Marcia Leonard
Participating artists: Lynda Horn, Katie White, Jamie Coyle, Sarsby Martin, Marica Leonard, Jenelle Griffiths, Allira Henderson, Natalie McCarthy
Open Borders [Denmark]
25th September - Sunday 9th October[The Butter Factory, Denmark]
Curator - Peter Usher
Curatorial mentor - Laetitia Wilson, Chris
Participating artists: Helmie Van Melle, Janine McCrum, Alison Kershaw, Ann Copeman, Nikki Green, Gabriele Gehlhaar, Jo Wassell, Jen Mitchell, Melissa Boughey, Robyn Lees
Open Borders [Carnamah]
1st - 23rd October[The Bank Gallery, Carnamah]
Curator - Jenny Mutter and Louise Cole
Curatorial mentor - Andrew Bowman-Bright
Participating artists: Roxy East, James Hallam, Cathy Reed, Anne-Marie Connaughton, Jaylin Kite, Sebastian Essers, Jenny Mutter, Marcell Billinghurst, Louise Cole
Open Borders [Kunnunurra]
2nd - 30th October[Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra]
Curator - Dora Griffiths
Open Borders: Arboretum [Dwellingup]
10th September - October 9th[Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup]
Curator - Peter Tippett
Curatorial Mentor - Monique Tippett
Participating artists: Peter Hill, Alex Tandy, Catherine Higham, Donna Fortescue, Monique Tippett, Ned Crossley, Carly Le Cerf, Elizabet Edmonds, Christine Gregory, Sally Stoneman, Nansen Robb, Elmari Steyn and Julia Elton-Bott
Open Borders [Geraldton]
9th July - 4th September[Geraldton Regional Arts Gallery]
Curator - Roxanne Grant
Curatorial mentor - Marina Baker
Participating artists: Charmaine Green, Tamati Smith, Jason Stacey, Roxanne Grant, Ralph Mulks, Emmaline James, Sarah Walker, Steve Davidson, Yu Duo, Chris Bolton, Jodie Groves, Marianne Penberthy
Open Borders Performances
Open Borders [Broome]
27th August 2022
Open Borders as part of 'Taste of Broome'[Gimme Amphitheatre Broome]
Producer - Tara Gower
Production mentor - Gwen Knox
Participating artists: Asha Vincent, Jackson Ternes, Tara Gower, Lyrical Instinct