Sam Beard

Sam Beard



Caroline Lunel, curator of the City of Bunbury Art Collection, discusses Hans Heysen's watercolour Midsummer.

Written and spoken by Caroline Lunel.
Produced by Sam Beard.

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery acknowledges the Wardandi Noongar People as the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to elders past and present.
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery is owned and managed by the City of Bunburry.
Music by www.bensound.com

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Monday, 30 March 2020 14:34

Art in Conversation

Art in Conversation is a series that brings you livily discusses with Western Australian artists, curators and makers.

Dr Joanne Baitz, Director of the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, chats with Western Australian artist Monique Tippett about her work, the Lost Eden Creative and life in Dwellingup.


The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery's Sam Beard chats with painter Susan Ecker about art and her latest exhibition Elements Form.


Education officer, Amber Norrish chats to artist Kim Perrier about his arts practice.


Education officer, Amber Norrish chats to artist Amanda Bell about her arts practice.


Stormie Mills chats with BRAG's education officer Amber Norrish about his latest exhibition, Whose Name is Writ in Water.


Education officer, Amber Norrish talks with artists Joel Smoker about his experiences working on the Big Wide Land exhibition.


Education officer, Amber Norrish chats to WA writer and curator, Lee Kinsella about her experiences curating the South Western Times Art 2020 Exhibition.

The Bunbury Biennale 2019 is a prestigious art exhibition, showcasing the latest of contemporary art from around Western Australia. This year’s opening night saw over 400 art lovers celebrating the fantastic work on display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

The Bunbury Biennale 2019 is a prestigious art exhibition, showcasing the latest of contemporary art from around Western Australia. This year’s opening night saw over 400 art lovers celebrating the fantastic work on display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

The Bunbury Biennale 2019 is a prestigious art exhibition, showcasing the latest of contemporary art from around Western Australia. This year’s opening night saw over 400 art lovers celebrating the fantastic work on display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

The Bunbury Biennale 2019 is a prestigious art exhibition, showcasing the latest of contemporary art from around Western Australia. This year’s opening night saw over 400 art lovers celebrating the fantastic work on display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

The Bunbury Biennale 2019 is a prestigious art exhibition, showcasing the latest of contemporary art from around Western Australia. This year’s opening night saw over 400 art lovers celebrating the fantastic work on display at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

Monday, 18 February 2019 10:38

Wardandi Boodja

Wardandi Boodja is a five and a half metre steel bust which takes pride of place at the Koombana Foreshore. Commissioned by the City of Bunbury and funded by the State Government through Royalty for Regions, the sculpture is the work of local artists Alex and Nicole Mickle of Safehaven Studios, alongside design engineer Mike Kimble. The duo were also the creative minds behind the Bridging the Gap artwork located near the rowing club at the Leschenault Inlet as well as an installation at the Brittain Road roundabout created with Edith Cowan University students. The project was a part of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront Koombana Foreshore redevelopment. Perth-based heritage interpretation company Apparatus were engaged by Cardno the principal contractors for the redevelopment to prepare an Art and Interpretation Plan. The plan included a major public artwork addressing the following criteria: A 5D landmark sculpture is proposed for the site. This stand-alone public artwork would be a prominent and identifiable feature of the Koombana Bay Foreshore. The proposed location is a highly visible place that will provide a prime vantage point to view the work for visitors as well as drive-by vehicular traffic. The City of Bunbury invited Expressions of Interest from artists for this artwork.

Once completed the artwork would improve the tourism and recreational appeal of the Koombana Bay foreshore and provide opportunities for visitors and residents to better understand the cultural history of this site. Safehaven Studios were chosen for this project following the nation-wide tender process. Their goal was to create “an artwork that speaks of place, by people from this place”. The completed sculpture represents the face of a Noongar elder, seeking to merge traditional sculpture and advanced fabrication technology to create a striking contemporary artwork that pays deep respect to the Noongar people. The Mickles consulted with various families in the region to ensure the design would recognise all the families of this region. It was decided by many of the local Noongar community that an older man would be suitable to represent a Noongar custodian. A comprehensive study of historical photographs dating from the 1870s to the early 1900s, coupled with contemporary images and faces of Noongar people enabled the artists to create an image of a Noongar elder. It is not one person, but a representation of all people. It represents the resilience and spirit of a proud Noongar man.

The title of the artwork, ‘Wardandi Boodja’, recognises one of the oldest cultures on the planet. Wardandi is a Noongar word that refers to this region’s dialectical group. This artwork stands as a guardian of this place, as a reminder we all live on and in Wardandi saltwater country. The Noongar word Boodja means country/place. Boodja is all encompassing including the whole ecosystem and human culture interwoven. In order to have an accurate representation a number of moulds were made and were then adapted to create a life-size maquette or model. This was then 3D-scanned and used as the basis for constructing the large corten steel sculpture. The completed sculpture consists of more than 5000 welds and weighs up to 4.2 tonnes. The artwork recognises one of the oldest cultures on the planet and stands as a reminder to visitors and locals alike that Noongar culture is vibrant and strong.

An important element to the sculpture is the poem displayed on the plinth which reads:

   Sand and water and time move through our fingers;

   damp from the sea, the land clings to us—

   salty and healing.

   Slow down and listen to that whisper in the trees,

   slow down.

   Listen to the ancestors, bworan moort, keepers of the land

   singing to the silvery kwilena.

   They leap and call. Hear them—

   they have come to play,

   come to listen.

   Swim, koolangka, chase the seagulls, laugh in the clean air.

   See, where serpent rivers swirl into brine,

   where maali dip long necks in living water.

   Step gently here.

   The earth is under our skin,

   and Wardandi boodja keeps a warm fire burning.

   Bworan moort: Old people/ancestors

   Maali: Swans

   Kwilena: Dolphins

   Koolangka: Children

 

Acknowledgements

A big thank you to all of the families and individuals who have given their time freely and generously to support this significant and important new artwork.

The lighting and interpretive signage component was written in collaboration with the Noongar Community of Bunbury and writer Donna Mazza.

Friday, 07 September 2018 10:24

Blooming Art 2018

The Flower Designer's Club of Bunbury Inc. has taken over the Chapel Gallery once again this year with their annual Blooming Art Exhibition 2018. This exhibition will run from Thursday 6th September til Sunday 9th September at BRAG. The Blooming Art program invites a selection of contemporary artists from the South West to respond to works from the City of Bunbury Art Collection with sculptural floral installations. Selected artists this year include Sabine Pergoliti, Helena Sahm, Deb James, Janet Wells, Caroline Easton, Brian Hardwood and a special addition from the BRAG staff. 

Alongside the exhibition, there will be an array of floral artworks, and displays including a group art installation from the Flower Designer's Club, a Beauty from the Balcony display, a Petite display and much more. Don't miss your chance to see the glorious array of colour, textures and scents, that will delight all your senses, and join in on celebrating a talented bunch of local artists and the first month of SPRING. 

For more informaiton please check out our BRAG Facebook page. 

Exhibition opens Thursday 6 September, 6pm and continues until 4pm, Sunday 9 September 2018. 

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