The Kimberley

Facing the Indian Ocean on its north-western edge, the Kimberley sits at the topmost part of Western Australia. Closer to Darwin than to the State’s capital in the south, the region is marked by a rugged landscape with dramatic seasonal shifts. Torrential rain fills waterholes and gorges, runs down escarpments to form waterfalls below. Like much of the neighbouring Top End, areas become impassable in the Wet Season.

Like their Western Desert counterparts, artists from this region have long enjoyed recognition for their work. In recent years many more art centres have been established to support the growing interest and community development that they provide.

Early innovators included Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie (both deceased); work by Dolly Snell and Lisa Uhl are current leaders in the field of contemporary abstraction from this region.

Learn more about the art centres in The Kimberley that Outstation works with.