Maritime Mural

Updated: Nov 16

Esperance Community Arts has teamed up with the Esperance Bay Yacht Club and local artists to develop, design and implement a large mural (approx 3m x 35m) for the brick wall of the yacht club's Boatshed.


Mt Burdett Foundation is proud to be one of a number of funding partners involved in bringing this project to life. The mural is currently underway, its progress can be viewed from the Taylor Street car park. Completion is expected in 2021.


The mural will represent 5 key organisations and 4 industries that have contributed significantly to maritime history in Esperance Bay and to our community more broadly (shipping/transport, tourism, fishing and recreation). It will also tell the story of ongoing Nyungar connections to Sea Country (wadarnboodja), through references to marine animals and constellations with cultural significance to the Traditional Owners. This part of the mural has been designed by local Nyungar artist Jennell Reynolds (Nannapa) and is informed by consultation with the Nyungar community. The maritime industries component of the mural has been designed by local professional photo-realist aerosol artist, Jarrod Pearman.


Artist Jennell Reynolds guides members of the Mt Burdett Foundation team through the mural (a work in progress) in June 2021. Left to Right: Chris Reichstein, Robyn McIntyre, Jennell Reynolds, Kyron Smithson, Shaun Meares, Shayne Flannagan.

Additional information

In addition to the representing the continuity of Kepa Kurl Wudjari Nyungar connections to sea country, the mural also represents the EBYC (recreational use of the ocean), Esperance Island Cruises (tourism industry), Southern Ports and Mckenzie Marine & Towage (transport industry), Esperance Professional Fishers Association (fishing industry) and Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue (community sector).


This project was first initiated by the EBYC in mid-2019 so represents a journey of over 2.5 years from initial conversations, to designing the mural, sourcing funding, preparing the wall and, finally painting. The painting process, originally planned to take place over 2 intense weeks in May, has been repeatedly delayed by unusually wet and windy weather. We are now hoping it will be completed before the end of November.


We look forward to sharing an update once the mural is complete. More information about Esperance Community Arts can be found at www.esperancecommunityarts.org.au.


Other funding bodies

The project is also funded by DLGSC through Culture and the Arts WA, by Southern Ports Authority and by the EBYC (cash and in kind). Considerable in kind support has also been provided by Esperance Community Arts and by the artists Jarrod Pearman and Jennell Reynolds.


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