Art on their sleeves
FOUR performing and visual artists were recognised last week at the City of Kwinana’s inaugural Arts and Culture Awards.
The awards night featured an exhibition and performances from local artists at the purpose-built amphitheatre behind the Koorliny Arts Centre.
Mayor Carol Adams said the awards recognised community members who had made significant contributions to the arts and cultural life in Kwinana.
“They are a celebration of a multitude of art forms – dance, music, performance, visual arts and media – that mirror the diversity of our City and its artists,” she said.
“We believe that art has the power to build bridges, to communicate and to celebrate cultural diversity across communities and people.”
Junior Performing Arts Person of the Year: Shakaylee Wallam, an Indigenous Year 9 student at Gilmore College. She is a talented visual artist, singer and dancer.
Performing Arts Person of the Year: Kelly Salathiel, founder of Laughing Horse Productions, a not-for-profit theatre company. She is a passionate and dedicated
member of the Kwinana Performing Arts community.
Junior Visual Arts Person of the Year: CarissaJoy Winter, a skilled artist who works with various mediums, from paint and pencil, sculpture and pottery, to photography.
She was recently one of 12 finalists in the City of Rockingham Youth Art Awards.
Visual Arts Person of the Year: Ashley Collard, a talented Indigenous man who works for Clontarf Academy, based at Gilmore College. He is a gifted musician/singer and a brilliant artist and painter.
Kelly Salathiel, Shakaylee Wallam, City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, Ashley Collard and Carissa-Joy Winter.