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Aboriginal artist, Deborah Bonar has been a member of the Colour Society of Australia since 2009. (
She has conducted various presentations on Aboriginal art and culture, including speaking about her own art practice. As well as conducting presentations, Deborah Bonar has conducted a series of art workshops for Colour Society members.


community art and interactive workshops

Colour Society of Australia (WA) - Presentations and Art Workshops



Deborah Bonar conducted the following presentation to the Colour Society of Australia, National Conference: Space, Time & Colour
Perth 2014 National Conference

Presentation, Scribblebark: Aboriginal Art Practice in the 21st Century

Scribblebark: Aboriginal Art Practice in the 21st Century, 4 October 2014.

My Presentation initially focused on the complexity of contemporary Aboriginal art practice in relation to new technologies and the possibilities they offer, particularly with major public art projects. I then spoke of my interest in facilitating community canvases, where members of the public, or schoolchildren, are invited to contribute to vibrant dot paintings. I concluded with some images from a new body of work I have created for my upcoming exhibition and an exciting new fashion project featuring designs inspired by my connection to country.



She conducted the following workshop for the Colour Society of Australia, WA Division.

Colours from the Kimberley: an introduction to painting with ochres, 9 October 2011.

In 2011, I travelled to the Kimberley to reconnect with my family and my Gija culture. In my Powerpoint presentation I showed slides of the beautiful East Kimberley landscape and colours and introduced society members to some of my relatives. After the Powerpoint presentation, I demonstrated the techniques of working with natural ochres.

Art workshop

Interactive art workshop with ochres


Photos from my Kimberley trip. At Purnululu (The Bungle Bungle Ranges) in the East Kimberley. King River Road near Wyndham.

Kimberley Trip, Purnululu

Kimberley Trip, King River Road and Boab Trees


Camping out at Mabel Downs and visiting Warmun.

Kimberley Trip, Camping

Kimberley Trip, Camping and Mabel Downs

Kimberley Trip, Warmun

The family with Aunty Shirley Purdie and Uncle Gordon Barney. More family at Warmun community.


Deborah Bonar conducted the following presentation for the Colour Society of Australia, WA Division members.

Presentation, Messages or Language of Colour

The messages or "language" of colour in Australian Indigenous culture, 14 June 2009.

In my Powerpoint presentation to the Colour Society, I talked briefly about Aboriginal culture. Then I spoke about the general aspects of Aboriginal art and the use of colour to convey messages. I also showed some specific examples of particular West Australian Aboriginal artist artwork. I talked about my own Aboriginal heritage and how I use colour to convey messages in my own artwork.