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Jade Torres, founder of Pwerle Gallery

 

 

As the daughter of formidable art dealer, curator and owner of Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia (‘DACOU’) gallery Fred Torres, and the great-granddaughter of prolific indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, Jade Torres has an incredibly deep-trenched artistic heritage. Following in her father’s footsteps, with a desire to celebrate her heritage, the work of the artists in her family (which also include Barbara Weir and Emily Kame Kngwarreye) and continue the legacy of promoting indigenous art, Torres launched Pwerle Gallery in 2015.

According to Torres, her vision with Pwerle was to build a space and a platform that would act as a springboard for new ways to engage with the art, while promoting awareness of Aboriginal culture and history; particularly art from her family’s home in the Utopia region, an area that spans 5,000 square kilometres of land northeast of Alice Springs in central Australia.

Since opening the gallery, Torres has sought out different ways to bring the art and culture to a new audience and generation, most notably through collaborations, like working with fashion label Aje on a series of Minnie Pwerle prints for the brand’s 2018 resort collection, as well as looking into things like homewares and textiles to be sold through the gallery. With a percentage of every sale going back into the community.

“For both myself and my family including my grandmother, [keeping our indigenous culture, history and love for the land alive] has been the most critical part of the process,” Jade told the Adelaide Review. “It is an extremely sensitive topic and it was very important to us to make sure it was done correctly. We wanted to give our customers the opportunity to appreciate our culture and history in a different form other than canvas.”Read more at:graduation gowns | formal dresses

 

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