Work­shops to add a splash of colour

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

ART work­shops at re­gional schools will help trans­form pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture into can­vasses as part of Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West’s new com­mu­nity arts pro­gram Splash of Colour.

Aim­ing to spark the com­mu­nity’s imag­i­na­tion by bring­ing Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion as­sets to life across Aus­tralind, Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton and Duns­bor­ough, stu­dents and artists will take their tal­ents to the streets through wa­ter and en­vi­ron­men­tally-themed art­work.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West Re­gional man­ager Nicky Waite said eight pro­fes­sional artists had been en­gaged to pro­duce the art­work.

“The artists are now run­ning work­shops with lo­cal high school stu­dents to gain in­spi­ra­tion and de­velop the con­cepts for their de­signs which will then be painted on lo­cal waste­water pump sta­tions and other as­sets,” Ms Waite said.

The first of three work­shops was held last week at Aus­tralind Se­nior High School with fur­ther work­shops sched­uled to be held at Bun­bury Catholic Col­lege, Bus­sel­ton Se­nior High School and Cape Nat­u­ral­ist Col­lege.

Ms Waite said the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion was keen to work with stu­dents and the com­mu­nity to en­sure the art­work rep­re­sented lo­cal cul­ture and re­flected the beauty of the re­gion.

“We had a great re­sponse when we com­mis­sioned a mu­ral on our waste­water pump sta­tion in Withers, so we wanted to ex­pand through­out the re­gion and bring these build­ings to life,” he said.

The pro­gram will com­ple­ment the work of coun­cils to trans­form pub­lic spa­ces.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion se­nior com­mu­nity ad­viser Lau­ren Lane and 6230 artist Sharon Hinch­liffe watch on as Aus­tralind Se­nior High School Year 10 stu­dent Shayli Sher­wood par­tic­i­pates in the Splash of Colour work­shop.

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