Aboriginal Art

This creative team experience gives guests an introduction to Aboriginal Art through the eyes of renowned artist Garry Purchase, whilst helping to support Indigenous youth living in remote and rural communities.

The experience starts with Garry giving a brief summary of how art played such an integral role in the development of culture for thousands of years.

He shares how he uses his art tell his story and where he comes from.


Garry is a proud Aboriginal man of Dharawal, Bidjigal and Dhungutti descent.

He grew up in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs in Botany and was raised amongst the Aboriginal community of La Perouse, and is a member of the Timbery family of which there are many famous members.

His artistic style is a more modern take on traditional Aboriginal art, steering away from the common dreamtime stories and focusing on his own personal journey, experiences and social issues that pushes a lot of creative boundaries as he stretches the limits of what Aboriginal art can be.

His painting “The Journey” won both the Aboriginal Health award and the People’s Choice award at Mental Health Art Works! 2014 and he also won the Aboriginal Health award again in 2016 with “Missing Pieces” and in 2017 with his piece “Tribal Blood”.


Before putting paint to canvas, we ask guests to explore their own connections to their upbringing, family, land and spirituality.

Each person then creates their own individual artwork that tells their story.

Guests learn how to use colour and imagery to tell a story.

We ask guests to continue the theme of storytelling by sharing their artwork and how it communicates what they value the most.

The end result is a collection of individual and/or team artworks that communicate a story and connection.

The experience is designed to allow people to enhance their ability for storytelling and creating deep connections, while working on artwork that creates one shared vision.


Hidden Door is proud to partner with Self Made Indigenous Corporation.

Self Made Indigenous Corporation is a not-for-profit established to support, encourage, and develop Indigenous youth living in remote and rural Western Australia & the Northern Territory.

The Art and Culture Program is a fun and interactive workshop that helps strengthen their knowledge and establish a cultural connection to their Indigenous culture.

Your art experience directly supports the Art and Culture Program.

Quick Facts

Locations: Sydney & Surrounds
Duration: 1-2 hours
Group Size: 10-500
Venue: Indoors
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