Homestead re­stored

Colour­ful new life as art cen­tre

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

Artists have moved into the gal­leries and stu­dios at Yanchep’s re­de­vel­oped Mary Lind­say Homestead.

ARTISTS have rel­ished trans­form­ing the blank can­vas of the re­de­vel­oped Mary Lind­say Homestead into a com­mu­nity art cen­tre.

The Two Rocks Yanchep Cul­ture and Arts Net­work (TRYCAN) re­cently moved into the his­toric Yanchep build­ing after a $3.6 mil­lion up­grade.

Chair­woman Pam An­nes­ley said mem­bers would use stu­dios in the homestead on Capricorn Es­planade to prac­tise their art.

“They can meet up with like-minded peo­ple and par­tic­i­pate in classes and ex­hi­bi­tions which will be open to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The lo­ca­tion and the his­tory of the Mary Lind­say make it an in­spir­ing place.

“It gives mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity a sense of place.”

Ms An­nes­ley said TRYCAN had planned a pro- gram of work­shops and cour­ses across sev­eral dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing zen­tan­gle draw­ing, char­coal draw­ing, wa­ter­colour paint­ing, cal­lig­ra­phy and poly­mer clay jew­ellery-mak­ing.

“The TRYCAN writ­ers’ group meets at the cen­tre ev­ery two weeks,” she said.

“For chil­dren there is a school hol­i­day pro­gram – the next work­shop is mak­ing dream­catch­ers.”

Vice-chair­woman Angie Beck said the cen­tre was not yet open to the pub­lic, but when mem­bers were on site they showed vis­i­tors around.

The City of Wan­neroo is yet to an­nounce a date for the of­fi­cial open­ing

The homestead was built after Mary Lind­say bought about 9300ha along the coast in 1926, known as Yanchep Es­tate.

“TRYCAN mem­bers will be cre­at­ing an art jour­nal de­pict­ing the his­tory and us­ing sto­ries told by mem­bers of the Cock­man fam­ily who have lived at the homestead,” Ms An­nes­ley said.

“The his­tory of the Mary Lind­say is fas­ci­nat­ing.”

Ms An­nes­ley said TRYCAN mem­bers had at­tended many meet­ings with the City over the past decade and con­trib­uted ideas to rede­vel­op­ment plans of the build­ing.

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Pam An­nes­ley and Angie Beck in the homestead.

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