A number of exciting art projects are set to bring culture and colour to life at WesCEF over coming months.
The artwork projects include a new large-scale mural set to grace the walls of Kwinana’s Ammonia/AN building, public artworks outside the new Kleenheat Donaldson Road Depot, and new Acknowledgement of Country signage and Noongar language poles at five WesCEF locations.
WesCEF’s Aboriginal Development Consultant and Yamatji Noongar woman, Noelene Mantellato, said art was a great way to visually promote cultural connections on our sites and support Aboriginal engagement in the workplace.
“Having culturally connected artworks on our sites not only provides a welcoming place and sense of connection for our Aboriginal employees, it also enhances the knowledge, understanding and respect of all employees for the culture and values of Aboriginal people,” Noelene said.
“The new signage and poles, in particular, will be visual messages of welcome to our sites that will help to create respect and acknowledgement of culture, recognise that we work on Noongar country and give our Aboriginal employees a sense of cultural wellbeing.
“We are so privileged and excited to be working with some incredible and respected local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists through these projects, including Ross Scotland, Jade Dolman, Sharyn Egan and Tyrown Waigana.
“Not only will these artworks bring a bit more life and colour to our buildings, they are a great opportunity for our employees to engage culturally together and develop respectful relationships.”
About the Artworks
In collaboration with WesCEF employees, artists Ross Scotland and Jade Dolman will develop concepts to be incorporated into a large-scale mural on site.
The mural will embody themes based on five core words that have come out of workshops held with the artists and a cross section of employees from Ammonia/AN.
Kleenheat Donaldson Road Depot Public Art Project
Artist – Sharyn Egan
In collaboration with WesCEF and the City of Kwinana, Whadjuk Nyoongar artist, Sharyn Egan, will develop public artworks to be installed outside of the new Kleenheat Donaldson Road Depot building.
The artworks are expected to be installed by December 2021
Acknowledgement of Country Signage & Aboriginal Poles
Artist – Tyrown Waigana
Acknowledgement of Country signage and Aboriginal poles will be installed at five sites across WesCEF, including:
- CSBP Fertiliser’s Customer Service area
- CSBP Chemical Sodium Cyanide entry way
- Kleenheat Donaldson Road Depot
- CSBP Kwinana Administration building
- CSBP Kwinana BBQ area
Kwinana local, and Noongar and Saibai Islander artist, Tyrown Waigana will design the Noongar language poles around the key concepts of having a healthy Kaart (Mind) – Koort (Heart) – Wiern (Spirit) and reinforce WesCEF’s workplace culture of Safe Person, Process and Place
The new signage and poles will be completed later this year.