Locals encouraged to share visions of Esperance in statewide art competition

Designs welcome: Community development officer Bec Seinor and community development and events coordinator Shane Tobin with previous competition entries now on display in the Esperance Library. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Designs welcome: Community development officer Bec Seinor and community development and events coordinator Shane Tobin with previous competition entries now on display in the Esperance Library. Photo: Sarah Makse.

One lucky local talent will have the opportunity to see their vision of Esperance displayed in lights in the heart of Perth in one of WA's largest community art projects.

The annual WA Local Government Association '#shoWcAse in Pixels' competition exhibits creative works from communities across the state, with the winning submission from each local government displayed on the iconic Yagan Square Tower in Perth from July 27 to August 9.

Individuals, schools, community groups and professional artists are invited to submit their best and boldest designs that showcase what they love about Esperance.

Shire of Esperance councillors will then vote on the best local design to receive $500 worth of local business vouchers and to represent Esperance in the overall WALGA competition.

Shire of Esperance community development officer Bec Seinor said the event had been popular for many years and was open to all ages and abilities.

"It's a longstanding competition and traditionally they were physical banners showcased in Perth along St George's Terrace, but this year and last year they have moved to a digital competition," she said.

"It is there for all to see and to share what we love about Esperance or something we want to showcase to the rest of the state."

Mrs Seinor said the new digital format meant artists could choose any canvas, with previous entries made from everything from bottle tops to knitted designs.

"The beauty of being a digital competition is that you can create a design in any medium. There is a lot of room for creativity," Mrs Seinor said.

Mrs Seinor said the council were on the hunt for a design that captured individual's unique love of the town and a little humour went a long way.

"In general they love seeing them all and it is very hard to choose, I think the judges are looking for bold designs and something unique to Esperance," she said.

"I've noticed over the years in the big regional competition they often like something that's got a bit of humour behind it, often those that give you a bit of a smile on your face are the ones that often win."

Shire of Esperance president Ian Mickel said the competition was an excellent way for residents to express what they thought made Esperance so special.

"It's a great opportunity for local artists get their work out there and to interpret the beauty of this town," he said.

"I look forward to seeing the various different interpretations that our creative residents come up with."

All submissions must be sent to shire@esperance.wa.gov.au in a digital format by May 8, 2020.