The Way of the River
The Perennial Artist Collective
A Group Exhibition 

The Northern Territory’s muddy looking Adelaide River is famous for being home to some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in the world and it encapsulates an abundant variety of other fauna, including vibrant birdlife. Thick riparian vegetation obscures from view the extensive floodplain, which is subject to extreme dry seasons and high seasonal flooding. Moving down stream, the tidal nature of the river supports an extensive network of mangroves.

Travelling by boat along a section of the Adelaide River and up one of its tributaries the Marrakai Creek, a group of closely aligned Northern Territory artists, scientists and researchers with a passion for the Northern Territory environment, has come together to share its knowledge while exploring the many different facets of the river’s ecosystem.

While reflecting upon themes of climate change, sea level changes, conservation, preservation, threats, quirky river creatures, the evolving river system and extreme seasons, ‘The Way of the River’ is the resulting creative response.

This is the inaugural exhibition of The Perennial Artist Collective, a group of artists who have ongoing connections with each other through collaborations, artistic exchanges, and mentoring. Through their art and research activities, all artists care for and have a wide range of knowledge about their local Northern Territory environment. The artists are Michael Christie, Jacqueline Gribbin, Ian Hance, Jasmine Jan, Ulrike Kachel, Glynis Lee, Angie Soares, Kerrie Taylor, Natalie Vidgen, Barbara Williams and Alison Worsnop.

The exhibition will bring into focus the significance of this dynamic river system and its extensive floodplains through a series of works that encompass painting, printmaking, installation, photography, and sculpture.


Opening Night 5.30pm, Friday 19 April, 2024

The Tactile Arts bar will be open and snacks will be provided.


Tactile Arts Gallery
19 Conacher St, The Gardens NT
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Satursday, 10am - 2pm
(Please Note: The gallery is only open during exhibitions and does not open on public holidays)