The Alternative Archive - Nectere



Artists are recorders of social history, the creators of cultural capital in any community and
their creative output central to understanding our sense of identity, place and community.
(Anna Louise Richardson, 2017)

This quote und​erpins the theme of The Alternative Archive, an exciting new project that will see artists in communities throughout regional Western Australia participate in a network of statewide exhibitions in 2019.  

Artists in the Shire of Manjimup will join with other regional counterparts to create a contemporary visual archive of an aspect of their community drawn from personal relationships with the people, places and stories around them that they feel should be highlighted for their implicit personal, cultural or social value.  The project will encourage them to 'engage with history, storytelling and local mythology as well as personal and communal memory in a contemporary format'. Their final body of work will be displayed in a group exhibition at the Manjimup Art Gallery in June 2019.


The Alternative Archive is part of larger Regional Arts Partnership Program (RAPP) aimed at linking regional artists and arts organisations with key service organisations to foster arts development across the state. The project is being coordinated by Southern Forest Arts in conjunction with Lead Curator, Anna Louise Richardson.

Opportunities for Local Artists​

Under Ms Richardson's mentorship, two local curators, Anna Czerkasow and Fay Dunstan, will guide the project and stage the final group exhibition for local artists at the Manjimup Art Gallery. Concurrently, Brad Hanrahan, President of the Manjimup Photography Club, will mentor local photographer, Corrina Barclay to document major milestones of the project. 

See artist portrait folio below​

A selection of works drawn from all of the exhibitions around the state will be included in a separate, large-scale group exhibition to be staged at the John Curtin Gallery, Perth in 2020.

Th​e Alternative Archive has been specifically developed for regional artists.  According to data published by the Australia Council, 1 in 6 professional Australian artists live in regional cities or towns and 1 in 10 live in rural, remote or very remote areas.  The Alternative Archive will build capacity among regional artists and organisations. It includes strong peer support through the curatorial and one photography mentorship that will assist in developing knowledge, experience, confidence and access to networks for the community to draw on when staging future exhibitions.

Most importantly, The Alternative Archive offers a unique opportunity for local artists in the Shire to use their art to tell local stories that assist in recording the community's identity.

Further information is available at:



The Alternative Archive project is supported by the State Government of WA and Country Arts WA

The Regional Arts Fund is an initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, administered by Country Arts WA



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