The Art of Flying

Wednesday, 29th August, 06:00 PM till 08:30 PM

During this event Helen will enbark on telling her story as an inspirational facilittor, passionate artist and curator and pilot flying to remote locations.   

Enjoy delicious tasting plates, gourmet cheese, biscuits, nibblies and award winning wines.  Each guest also receives a luxurious take home gift bag valued at over $180.  

Helen Read, through her company Palya Art, is an experienced bush pilot who facilitates introductions to Indigenous artists living in remote areas across North West Australia and places fine artworks into private collections.

As Founder and Director of Palya Art Tours, Helen provides access to remote communities and forges interactions with artists, cultural custodians and community Art Centres. Visitors include policy makers, medical researchers, philanthropists, academics, art collectors, journalists, institutions, curators and gallerists. Helen endeavours to facilitate a better understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, and to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of Indigenous art.

Helen's tours bring much-needed income to the communities through art sales and significant artworks continue to be placed into institutions for public viewing both in Australia and abroad.

After working for the Pintupi Homelands Health Service in Walungurru, Helen registered her art tours business in 1986. A qualified nurse and commercial pilot, Helen took her first art tour to remote Aboriginal communities in north-west Australia in 1993. Helen's work is directed at bringing people with means, skills and influence out to meet Indigenous artists in mutually respectful circumstances. 

Helen has taken Indigenous Australian art around the world with exhibitions curated from remote area art centres, and touring exhibitions from her own highly-regarded collection. The exhibitions include 'A Thousand Journeys' (currently at Flinders University Art Museum) and 'Luminous: Masterpieces from the Central Desert'.

Palya Art combines Helen Read’s passion for people, aviation, art and health. Helen's experience as a nurse in remote areas of Africa and Australia, adds to her commitment in promoting Indigenous people's health, and awareness of Australia's rich and diverse cultures.   

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Parking on the surrounding streets of Clarendon, Raglan and Cobden Streets South Melbourne. Public transport: no. 1 tram and tram stop out the front of the gallery.