The Alternative Archive

Past Event


2 February - 9 March 2024 | Albany Town Hall

Exhibition The Alternative Archive is a survey of regional contemporary art practice in Western Australia, touring the state with ART ON THE MOVE until 2024.

The Alternative Archive survey presents the work of 28 contemporary artists selected from the broader state-wide The Alternative Archive project that involved over 200 artists across 13 exhibitions in 2019. The survey iteration of The Alternative Archive debuted at Perth-based John Curtin Gallery in 2021. Now The Alternative Archive returns to the regions, offering a rare insight into the diversity of regional arts practice throughout the state.

Artists have responded to local archives and collections or have produced new archives that can preserve ‘untold’ histories. Working in a range of media – including painting, drawing, textiles, jewellery, video and sculpture - the artists of The Alternative Archive tell of deep, multi-generational connections to place and family. Their artworks unearth stories that have been lost, kept hidden or that need to be told in new voices, as well as new stories shared in public for the first time.

The Alternative Archive Artists

Naomie Hatherley (Broome), June Dijagween (Broome), Alana Grant (Mandurah), Lyn Nixon (Mandurah), James Walker (Mandurah), Deidre Robb (Mandurah), Claudette Mountjoy (Northcliffe), Louise Tasker (Manjimup), Lizzie Troup (Northcliffe), Maitland Hill (Dwellingup), Michelle Slarke (Lake Grace), Jeanne Melville (Lake Grace), Tania Spencer (Lake Grace), Marianne Penberthy (Geraldton), Charmaine Green (Geraldton), Mark Smith (Geraldton), Ellen Norrish (Geraldton), Gabrielle Butler (Perenjori), Chan Dalgarno (Narrogin), Karen McClurkin (Esperance), Serena McLauchlan (Albany), Tina Carmody (Kalgoorlie), Debbie Carmody (Kalgoorlie), Kgukgi Catherine Howard Noble (Kalgoorlie), Agnes Yamboong Armstrong (Kununurra), Brenda Mingen Ningamara (Kununurra), Mary-Lou Divilli (Kununurra), Peggy Madij Griffiths (Kununurra).

The Alternative Archive will be on display at the Albany Town Hall from 2 February 2024 to 9 March 2024. Open from Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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

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.

Event Details

Time: 10 am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday

Location: Albany Town Hall, 217 York Street, Albany WA 6330

Cost: Free

Category: General

Type: General

Audience: All Ages


Organisation: ART ON THE MOVE + City of Albany Arts and Culture

Phone: 08 6820 3853


Event Date(s)

  • Friday 2nd February 2024

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