Community arts with an environmental focus
I love to work on community arts projects with school groups, the general public and at festivals. I have worked on large-scale murals focussing on local flora, fauna and marine life. Each project I facilitate has an environmental message and is intended to be an avenue for education and protection of the beautiful Margaret River Region.
Augusta River Festival 2023
This sensational annual community event is hosted each year at the mouth of the Blackwood River in Augusta. Event facilitators prioritise community art activities as a way of connecting diverse community groups, raising awareness for endangered species, and creating long-lasting, beautiful art pieces for the town. In 2023, the western ringtail possum became the focus for a large scale community arts mural. Workshops ran throughout the event, painting, mosaicing and embellishing a series of possum boxes which had been built by the Augusta Men’s Shed.
Wooditjup Bilya Festival 2021 and 2022
Nature Conservation Margaret River Region’s annual community event celebrates Indigenous heritage, environmental values and the flora and fauna of the region. Engaging people of all ages in a community arts mural at this event has been a great pleasure. These murals can be worked on by more than one hundred people per day. Each mural depicts a feature creature living in that location. Both long-necked turtles and hairy marron have been chosen for this event.
Augusta River Festival 2021
In 2021 we created marine-themed murals along with a tee-pee, lanterns and a giant fish made from recycled materials and plastics.
Augusta River Festival 2020 mosaic installation
In 2020 I coordinated a handmade tile mural project with all the school students from Karridale and Augusta primary schools with a fantastic collaborative outcome. This marine-theme mural is installed near the Colour Patch in Augusta by the mouth of the Blackwood River.
Margaret River Agricultural Show 2019
The Sustainability Pavilion showcased a collaborative of stalls focussed on environmental care in our region. My stall brought together a huge collection of recycled materials which were made into masks, looms, lanterns and other creations.