Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret)

19/11/2018 - 29/11/2020

  • Aunty Violet
    Julie Dowling Aunty Violet , 2017
    Image Credit
    Julie Dowling 'Aunty Violet', 2017. Image Courtesy Rainer Hafner

About the exhibition

Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) artist Julie Dowling explores the theme of the slavery of First Nations peoples both in past centuries and in current Australian society. This is a unique opportunity for the regions to present a solo exhibition featuring a significant Western Australian artist. 

A series of highly decorated figurative artworks are included that draw in and engage the viewer. Upon closer inspection, there is a strong political trajectory challenging the myth that First Nations peoples were/are lazy and a drain on society. The beauty presented in the works becomes a metaphor for the resilience and wisdom of First Nations peoples to overcome the narrow narrative that has sanitised colonisation.

About the artists

Artist: Julie Dowling (WA)

Curator: Charmaine Green

Organising Institution: Yamaji Arts



Touring Venues
and Dates


An ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition.


ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is sponsored by Healthway to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message.