2016 Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (AKIRASH) Print


Art at the Heart 2016

On Friday the 23rd September 2016 the third Art at the Heart residency finished with a momentous bang when Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, or Akirash as he is commonly known, opened his exhibition, the culmination of his extremely busy and productive six weeks in the East Pilbara.

Akirash showcased no less than eighteen pieces of exhibition ready art including his gigantic installation piece Work in Progress along with a mesmerising 20-minute performance piece and a self-made video documenting his residency.

Utilising the beautiful gallery of the East Pilbara Arts Centre, Akirash exhibited his work surrounded by the stunning work of the Martumili artists. Akirash managed to fill the vastness of the ‘void’ area of the Arts Centre with his magnificent installation. Hand-made from carboard squares meticulously tied together to form a massive net Work in Progress cascaded from the roof some ten metres above down to the ground below and lit by hundreds of metres of blue and white LED rope lights.

Akirash not only busied himself in preparation for his exhibition. Within days of his arrival in Newman Akirash painted the faces of dozens of people attending Newman’s annual Fortescue Festival.  He also visited Marble Bar and Nullagine where he conducted artist workshops by day with school children and in the evening with adult members of the townships. Back in Newman Akirash entertained and inspired students at Newman Senior High School with an artist’s talk encouraging his audience to follow their dreams.

This, the third year of Art at the Heart was a stunning success thanks to the vision, energy and creativity of Akirash. The Shire of East Pilbara felt honoured to be gifted three extraordinary pieces of his art. We thank him for his contribution and hope to see him again in the East Pilbara soon.


A full pictorial catalogue of Akirash's residency will be available on this page shortly.

More information on Akirash can be found at http://www.artwithakirash.com/

Akirash Art at the Heart 2016:


              Work in progress - Installation Detail                                                                    Work in progress - Installation Detail


               Work in progress - Installation Detail                                                                    Work in progress - Installation Detail


"Have You Got Any Silver"


"Akirash" at Work



Art by Akirash - Exhibition 2016 East Pilbara Arts Centre

Hidden Treasure - Detail    

          "Hidden Treasure" - Detail                                                                                  "Hidden Treasure" - Detail


  "Newman at Night"                                                                                             "Iron Ore" -  Mixed Media         


  "Jinyjlwirrllypa" - Mixed Media Tapestry/Sculpture                                            "Marlu Kururrpa" - Mixed media - Tapestry/Painting

Facepainting - Fortescue Festival 2016