Arts Out There: Holidays draw art space visitors

Arts for all: Participants in the Nyungar dance workshop presented by Wanika Close and Antal Close as part of the Esperance One and All Community program on January 13 at the Esperance Civic Centre. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Arts for all: Participants in the Nyungar dance workshop presented by Wanika Close and Antal Close as part of the Esperance One and All Community program on January 13 at the Esperance Civic Centre. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

The New Year has begun for Esperance Community Arts, with a strong focus on partnership projects.

On Monday, January 13, Nyungar dance instructors Wanika Close and Antal Close ran a workshop for boys and girls with more than 55 people attending.

This was part of the Esperance One and All Community program which is delivered every school holidays as a partnership between Escare Incorporated, the Shire of Esperance and Esperance Community Arts.

On Thursday, January 16, Nyungar artists Pauline Bonney and Suzie Bonney also presented a painting workshop as part of this program, with a focus on learning about local animal tracks.

The Family Stargazer Evening on Thursday, presented by the Esperance Public Library, offered another great partnership opportunity, with Nyungar Elder Annie Dabb and Nyungar author Wanika Close being invited to share their language and cultural knowledge through song and stories.

This very special event included an opportunity to learn a new version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, specially translated into the local Wudjari dialect of the Nyungar language.

Ms Dabb also shared her family's story of the Emu constellation in the Milky Way. Esperance Community Arts was very pleased to support this wonderful community event through our Indigenous Languages and Arts program, delivered in collaboration with Esperance Seawater Families and Escare Incorporated.

Project begins: Local Artists Esti Nagy and Pauline Bonney have started work on a mural of Lucky Bay on the Esperance Health Campus as part of the Esperance Lions Club renovation of an inner courtyard. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

Project begins: Local Artists Esti Nagy and Pauline Bonney have started work on a mural of Lucky Bay on the Esperance Health Campus as part of the Esperance Lions Club renovation of an inner courtyard. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

This week has also been busy with the creation of a beautiful new mural of Lucky Bay by local artists Esti Nagy and Pauline Bonney. This project is a partnership with the Esperance Lions Club and the Esperance Health Campus to renovate a neglected inner courtyard, creating a peaceful outdoor space for patients, visitors and staff.

Special thanks go to the Hospital Auxiliary and to Peter Miller and the Lions Club for donations to contribute to artist fees, to Dulux for providing the paint and to the artists themselves for their generosity and in-kind support of the project.

Bonney and Nagy have developed a mural design intended to create a sense of calm and wellbeing. For Bonney, the whale is a symbol of gratitude, serenity and healing.

Nagy has selected New Holland Honeyeaters as one of the most common and well-loved backyard birds in Esperance, bringing joyful cheer, free and full of vitality as they fly through the coastal bushland.

This is a wonderful example of the way that artwork can enhance community spaces to create feelings of comfort, connection and belonging.

Thanks to our Volunteer Coordinator Thuriyya Ibrahim and her dedicated team, the Esperance Community Arts Space on Dempster Street has been able to stay open throughout the holiday period. Our marimbas have been in big demand, with an average of over 70 people visiting the space each day and over 200 visitors on cruise ship days.

The Arts Space has provided a source of interest for tourists and for residents, showcasing the art and craft work of over 50 local creatives and providing opportunities for interaction with artists-in-residence Suzie Bonney and Pauline Bonney and participation in a range of impromptu creative activities.

For more information on all these activities and events please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, email us admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au, or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday. You can also visit our website, and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.