Manjar Square Foreshore
City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Client: City of Mandurah
Role of Artsource: Art Consultant
Artist: Peter Farmer
Outcome: Public artwork at Manjar Square foreshore.
Completion date: March 2017
The City of Mandurah commissioned Artsource to develop a comprehensive Public Art Strategy and suite of policy documents. As a part of this Artsource was commissioned by the City to develop and run a selection process for a sculpture in celebration of the life and values of Yaburgurt (a survivor of the Pinjarra Massacre of 1834), in the year of the centenary of his death.
The City of Mandurah engaged Artsource to facilitate the selection process for a new public artwork and memorial celebrating Yaburgurt’s life and values. The process involved establishing a significant community engagement component (with both the local Aboriginal community and the wider Mandurah community) that was linked to the larger Yaburgurt 100 year celebrations. Artsource facilitated the open call for Expressions of Interest and selection process of the artist.
Although Artsource’s role concluded after the artist was selected, the feedback from the City indicated that our advice, processes, professionalism and commitment was highly valued, and led to a Artist Brief that was sensitive to the multitude of stakeholders; selection of an artist (Peter Farmer) with a strong track record; and a final artwork (recently installed) that represented a rich cultural investment. Since this time Artsource will also act as Art Consultant, in a similar capacity, for the development of a significant public artwork for the new Mandurah traffic bridge.