Infrastructure a canvas for art

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times

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 being 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,” she said.

“We understand some of our assets are highly visible and we are excited to work with students to turn them into bright and vibrant pieces of public art we can all enjoy.”

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

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