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Public art to showcase stories of place and culture

  • 8 July 2024

Imagine being given the opportunity to tap into generations of cultural knowledge and years of artistic experience to help showcase culture and creativity through public art for all to enjoy.

That’s exactly what’s been achieved through a three-day integrated workshop with Noongar artists to create public art in the parks, playgrounds, landscaped areas and new stations for the METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project.

Renee Glastonbury, Artify Consulting, Dellas Bennell-Yarran Artist, and Korrine Bennell Artist from Karrak Designs

Held in June, the workshops are an important forum for artists to ask questions and receive feedback from mentors, helping to build capacity and employment opportunities and give more artists a chance to create culturally rich public art pieces for new METRONET stations.

Yondee Shane Hansen Artist, and Ken Farmer Artist

The initiative is a collaboration between METRONET, project contractor Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance (ALUA), Hassell Architects and ARTIFY Consulting.

Elders from the METRONET Noongar Reference Group (provided a Welcome to Country and engaged in one-on-one mentoring sessions with workshop participants, providing cultural advice and guidance to build a greater understanding of cultural protocols.

Established Noongar artists Peter and Miranda Farmer also shared their experience, offering invaluable insight and advice on applying for public art commissions, creating public art pieces, and developing ideas and concepts.

Left to right Brigitte Slater, Yondee Shane Hansen, Emily Rose, Ken Farmer, Brenton Turner, Miranda Farmer, Korrine Bennell, Deborah Nannup, Dellas Bennell-Yarran, Renee Glastonbury, Gertrina Hayden, Jodie Riley, Kristy Spillman, Katrina Longo, Tyrown Waigana, Jessica Priemus, Keyleigh Goebel, Jade Riley, Dana Garlett, Melissa Riley, Sarah Henneveld, Cameron Wood, Peter Farmer, Hannah Galloway, Kaedisha Westberg, Carolyn Karnovsky.

Representatives from the Transport Portfolio Aboriginal Engagement Team and ALUA Aboriginal Engagement and Participation Team also attended to help facilitate conversations and collaboration between artists, mentors, and Elders.

Find out more about the METRONET Public Art and Gnarla Biddi strategies.

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