Frequently Asked Questions
Roebourne Art Group welcomes visitors to the gallery at 27 Roe Street Roebourne, or you can buy works online and have them sent to you anywhere in the world. The aim of this site is to make you better acquainted with our art and artists, but if you still have questions after browsing the site, please contact us.
Can I meet a particular artist?
Most artists have "another life" beyond their art, whether that be employment or caring for family. Many therefore choose to paint at home so it's not guaranteed that a particular artist will be at the Gallery on any given day. If you have a particular reason for wanting to meet a specific artist (such as to offer them a commission) then please contact the Art Centre and we'll do our best to arrange an appointment.
I like an artist's style but don't see a work I like. What can I do?
Most artists will accept commissions to paint a particular piece. For instance you may want a palette of colours that complement the decor of your home or office - many artists are happy to oblige provided they can tell their stories using that palette. Most artists paint in order to tell stories that are important to them culturally or personally, so fewer artists will accept commissions to paint on a particular topic. Some do, however, so please contac the Art Centre to discuss your specific needs.
We would like to work alongside the artists. Can you arrange that?
Can the artists visit us?
Yes. Roebourne Art Group artists regularly travel throughout Australia and occasionally internationally to attend events and share their work and their stories. Transport, accommodation and an artists' per diem is generally payable. This is a unique opportunity to have artists and Elders from one of Australia's most remote regions exhibit their work and talk about their country. Please contact the Art Centre for more details.
If I buy a painting, what can I do with it?
There are some restrictions applicable to any art work you purchase. You have bought the work, but not the copyright and so still need the artist's permission to reproduce it. Similarly, you can purchase reproduction rights without purchasing the piece itself. Roebourne Art Group is authorised to negotiate copyright release agreeements for all work by its member artists. For more details, see our separate legal questions page.
Yes. Roebourne Art Group regularly holds sessions in which artists attend the Gallery and paint alongside secondary school students, employees of businesses working in the Pilbara, and others. A fee-per-artist and a fee to the Art Centre is generally payable, as Roebourne Art Group receives no government funding to support these activities. Visitors who've spent time exchanguing stories with, and working alongside our artists have found it to be an enriching experience. Please contact the Art Centre to discuss your needs.
Does Roebourne Art Group undertake public art commissions?
RAG is particularly enthusiastic about public art commissions and its artists endeavour to take part whenever time allows. There are examples of Roebourne Art Group's public art at the Baynton West housing development in Karratha, Roebourne SHS, Karratha SHS, the Sodexo Camp at Gap Ridge, and other places. Artists work in both two and three dimensions. Because some times of the year are busier than others, it pays to plan public art commissioning, design, production and installation well in advance. We are happy to discuss your project, even if it is still at the concept stage; just contact us.