Exploring and celebrating imagination, creativity and Wanneroo’s cultural heritage, the City showcases its Art Collection at the Wanneroo Gallery and throughout its facilities, like the Civic Centre, the Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre and other community and recreation centres. The Public Art Collection stretches from Koondoola in the south to Two Rocks in the north and enhance local parks, streetscapes and playgrounds.
In our collections and cultural activities, we pay respect to the Elders of the Noongar nation, past, present and future, who have walked and cared for the land and we acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contributions made to the life of the City. The greatest proportion of the City of Wanneroo residents are new families with young children, who love to visit and picnic at the historic houses of Cockman House and Buckingham House. It is also a very mobile community, with a great percentage of the City’s population having moved to Wanneroo from within Australia and over 40% born overseas. We aim to provide safe, welcoming, gathering places for people from diverse backgrounds and assist them to share their self-expression.
The City aims to inspire appreciation for the arts and support our arts practitioners by creating opportunities for exhibiting, networking and mentoring. The Cultural Services Team seeks to build strong and vibrant communities through the arts, giving residents the chance to share their stories in the Wanneroo Regional Museum, the Community History Centre or visually in the Wanneroo Gallery’s exhibition program. It is good to celebrate what has gone before, what is happening now and what is envisioned for the future.
For more information, visit http://www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/historyheritageandarts
With over 305 artworks collected over the past 70 years, the City of Wanneroo Art Collection features paintings, printmaking, digital and indigenous artworks, ceramics, photographs, and small sculptures by Western Australian artists. A cultural investment for future generations, there is a strong component of local artists, like Judy Rogers, Susan Hoy and Janey Emery, sourced mainly from the City’s popular annual Community Art Awards & Exhibition.
Many reflect on and pay homage to our past, like Shane Pickett’s Wangyarang Dreaming Dance of the Sunrise, Butler’s Search by Lauren Wilhelm, Pat Rodriguez’s Alkimos (the shipwreck off the sunset coast) and Facility 6 by Stuart Elliott.
Others tell stories of our present day lives like Bushwalk by Jennifer Sadler and Migration by Yuko Takahashi.
And Kati Thamo deals with the potential future loss of W.A.’s distinctive native birdlife in her series of etchings Wildlife Preserve depicting birds like parrots and nightjars enclosed in glass bottles. Or Justin Martin’s artwork with the community of Alkimos entitled Ngalla-kut Kepboodja (All of Us By The Ocean) illustrating our ongoing unity through diversity.
There are also some items sparked by Perth’s outer metro sprawl and a dry sense of humour, like Albie Herbert’s Urban Crawl – a tortoise with a city on its back.
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