Kingston Arts has partnered with Indigenous artists Auntie Kim Wandin and Amanda Wright to deliver the new public artwork at the Mentone Lifesaving Club. The artists will collaborate on this exciting large-scale project, with the support of curator Christine Joy and public art specialist James Voller.
Auntie Kim Wandin is a Wurundjeri Woirurrung woman living in Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Kim is a basket and eel trap maker collecting reeds and other fibre plants on Country. Kim has worked as a Consultant and Cultural Educator, exhibited her work across arts organisations and her art has been acquired by private and state collections. Palawa artist, Amanda Wright has lived in Boronia for 34 years and contributed to the Yarra Ranges community through many arts-based projects. Amanda has worked on several Indigenous murals at schools where she has collaborated with students and teachers to produce artwork to create connections to the environment and Indigenous culture through art.
This public artwork will be integrated into the rooftop deck of the new club which is currently being built and scheduled for completion in early-mid 2022. The artists will work closely with the Bunurong Land Council, key stakeholders, Council officers and local community members on this exciting and multifaceted project. One percent of the total budget has been allocated for the delivery of this artwork to the value of $135K.
This project is proudly supported by the City of Kingston with funding from the Victorian Government.
There is ongoing support for the depiction of Indigenous cultural heritage along the Bay by the local Kingston community. During the feedback collected on the ‘Your Kingston Your Say’ platform in July and August of 2020 for artistic themes to be explored along the Bay Trail, ‘Indigenous Cultural Heritage’ featured amongst the most popular topic supported, along with the ‘The local marine life and biodiversity of Port Phillip Bay’.
The City of Kingston is undergoing the Reconciliation Australia process to endorse Council’s first ever Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021-2023. An Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Kingston Arts will be guided by the commissioned artist/s on material and application of the proposed design and fabrication, however, the artwork is intended to be permanent and should be inclusive of interpretive signage. The design will also be low lying in nature and not block lines of site for users of the deck or overlooking residents.