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 now complete and can be viewed from the Taylor Street car park.
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.
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).
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.