Esperance mural takes shape

Artist at work: Professional mural artist Matt Adnate painting the undercoat for the mural at 54 The Esplanade. Photo: Jennell Reynolds.

Artist at work: Professional mural artist Matt Adnate painting the undercoat for the mural at 54 The Esplanade. Photo: Jennell Reynolds.

Arts Out There

The Esperance Community Arts team have been super busy this week working on the Wanju (welcome) Nyungar Boodja (country) Mural Project.

We are very excited to see two big new murals taking shape.

These murals will be found in prominent locations in the Esperance central business district.

Professional mural artist, Matt Adnate, has been in Esperance all week.

He has been working on the Welcome to Country mural on the west wall of Dempster Hair and Beauty (54 The Esplanade).

Following community consultation, the decision was made to select Mr Tom Bullen (deceased) as the subject for this mural project.

Mr Bullen played a key role in initiating the Native Title Claim in the Esperance Nyungar region 23 years ago.

This finally lead to a Native Title Determination in 2014 after many years of hard work.

The mural also features artwork by Julie Walker and images of the Esperance landscape.

Matt Adnate is based in Melbourne and has created large-scale murals all over the world.

He recently completed the biggest mural in the Southern Hemisphere in Collingwood.

Having a world class public artist working in Esperance provides great learning opportunities for local artists.

However it is a two-way process, with the visiting artist also learning from local artists about the importance of cultural processes and practices in the Esperance region.

Over 40 community members ranging from young children to adults have participated in Matt Adnate's workshops over the week.

The workshops saw a number of budding artists inspired to further explore their talents.

Matt has also given two presentations about the development of his career from a graffiti artist to an international large-scale portrait artist.

Two accomplished local artists, Athleen Woods and Valma Schultz, are also working, with the support of their families, on a large mural on the east side of the Red Cross Shop on Dempster Street.

This mural features a combination of animals and designs linked to coastal and inland environments.

There will be a community launch of the Nyungar Boodja mural on Sunday with a launch of the Dempster St mural to follow soon.

Large-scale community projects like this take many months of planning, significant amounts of external funding and a lot of community partnerships.

Esperance Community Arts is supported in this work by $80,000 core funding provided through Country Arts WA plus $21,648 currently provided by the Shire of Esperance.

This has allowed us to source federal funds for this project through the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund and Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.

Many thanks also go to our local sponsors, Horizon Power, Bunnings and Dulux, and to Red Cross Australia and Leighton Haslam.

These sponsors made their buildings available as wonderful canvases for our artists.

  • For more information please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, message us on Facebook, email us - or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am -2pm Tuesday - Friday.
  • You can also find out more about our community projects on our website ( and on Instagram.