Arts Out There

Sky's the limit: Athleen Thomas and her family working on the Dempster Street mural. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.
Sky's the limit: Athleen Thomas and her family working on the Dempster Street mural. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.

The beginning of April has presented a range of arts-based activities with a workshop coming up at the Cannery on April 13th presented by Tracey Barnett for musicians on developing Press Kits and Online Presence. The Kick Arts School Holiday program also starts up again next week.

Esperance Community Arts Wanju Nyungar Boodja Mural project is ongoing with work continuing on the side of the Red Cross Shop on Dempster Street, where local Nyungar artists Athleen Thomas and Valma Schultz and their families, are creating some amazing artwork.

We would like to thank the Esperance Community for such a wonderfully positive response to the murals. Our mural posts on Facebook alone have led to over 16,000 engagements including comments from people in other parts of the state planning to travel to Esperance to see the murals for themselves.

We are planning a public launch for the second mural once it has been completed and will work towards preparing signage to tell the stories of both murals. The third mural, now to be painted on the outside of the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre, will take place in the coming months.

Thanks once again to our local sponsors, Horizon Power, Bunnings, Dulux amnd Jatek Engineering for donating a range of essential resources to support the project, and to Red Cross Australia and Leighton Haslam for making their buildings available for our very talented artists to work on. 

In the face of significant funding challenges, Esperance Community Arts is also focusing this month on collecting evidence of broad community support for the work we do.

We are inviting partner organisations, artists and other community members to write letters of support, indicating what they most value about the work we do in the community. We have also launched a campaign to capture the diversity of people we work with using portrait photography. Look out for our new video on Facebook and Instagram and on our website. We are also creating a mosaic of portraits to display in our window as a way of the telling the story about our commitment to ensuring access to arts and culture for everyone.

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.