South Hedland, WA
Spinifex Hill Studio stands on Kariyarra Country in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is home to one of the youngest Aboriginal art collectives in the north-west of Australia, the Spinifex Hill Artists.
Our story began in 2008 when South Hedland-based artists Irene Coffin, Max George and members of the Mothers Against Drugs group approached non-profit cultural organisation FORM to request help in facilitating professional development for the town’s Aboriginal artists. Naming themselves Spinifex Hill Artists after a traditional name for Hedland, the group held their first exhibition in 2009, and over the following decade they have developed artistically and professionally. Today they number more than 40 artists, whose diverse styles and rich colour palettes reflect a range of experiences, stories and subject matter. The Spinifex Hill Studio opened in South Hedland in 2014 as the group’s permanent home.