EXHIBITION - 25/11/2022

The 26th Parallel and Beyond

Open Boarders Artist Brief:

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Open Borders: The 26th Parallel and Beyond is a project in which young contemporary artists and performers living in the Pilbara are encouraged to create artworks inspired by this theme: “Open Borders.” Young Artists are encouraged to explore how living outside of these borders has impacted the way they perceive the possibilities of what their futures might be. What does it mean to live in the Pilbara? Are you dreaming of an alternative future beyond the 26th parallel? Research, investigation, consideration, and discussion are encouraged in the development and refinement of ideas and the creation of work.

Through their research, young artists will develop artworks for a group exhibition to be held in November 2022.


What exists within the borders?

When processing the world around us, the human brain is unable to treat every object as unique. The volumes of data that surround us must be simplified and structured so that we avoid cognitive overload. Categorisation comes naturally, allowing us to make sense by organising things, which assists us to communicate, predict, make decisions and navigate.

This exhibition aims to explore ‘oddities’ or ‘anomalies’, concepts that do not fit within the borders of categories that we create, or our reactions to them – are we accepting, or do we struggle?

Contemporary young artists and performers are encouraged to reflect on how the concept of borders relates to their life and community life. These stories include the community’s unique experiences and positions when navigating through the complicated and daunting challenges of pursuing ambitions and passions.

About The Exhibition

‘Open Borders’ is a series of 12 group exhibitions and 3 original performances held across all 9 regions of WA during 2022-23. Each event reflects the unique interests, artists and experiences of the diverse participating communities (Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland, Gascoyne Junction, Geraldton, Carnamah, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Narrogin, Denmark, Northcliffe, Margaret River and Dwellingup).  Interconnected through the central theme of ‘Open Borders’, the project aims to culminate in a survey of contemporary regional art practice at John Curtin Gallery (Perth) in September-November 2023.  


Open Borders will bring together regional artists throughout Western Australian regions to participate in a state-wide exhibition networks that engages with their local social contexts.  

Engaging with local youth groups within the Pilbara provides a starting point for artists to look at different approaches to Open Borders. The project seeks to construct a dynamic new anthology of artworks and outcomes in any medium to examine how regional artists relate to the communities they know so well. Open Borders provides a platform for artists to engage with storytelling of personal and communal ideas and memory in a contemporary format.  


Exhibition Opening
Friday 25 November, 6.00-8.00pm

Courthouse Gallery+Studio
16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland

Exhibition Dates
25 November – TBA