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Armadale Arts Bush Trail
7 May 2019 at 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10.00 am, repeating until 19 May 2019
The natural beauty of the Armadale Settlers Common East will be highlighted during the inaugural Armadale Arts Bush Trail. Local schools and community groups have been working with local artists Renae Whyte and Elise Marshall to create stunning ephemeral artworks utilising the natural materials of the area.
Guided by nationally and internationally renowned land artist Elaine Clocherty, the Armadale Arts Bush Trail provides a serene environment to stroll around and enjoy nature while your eyes wander, exploring the natural bush in all its glory.
While you are there, consider putting your own hand to an artwork as you are invited to also contribute to a major work created by Elaine Clocherty.
The art trail is fully accessible with artworks viewed from the pathways, accessible toilets will be on site and ACROD parking will be reserved.
Armadale Arts Bush Trail
Wanjoo Ngarla Whajuk Kullaark (Welcome to our Whajuk home/family)
We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land. We acknowledge the strength of our people and our culture. We also pay respects to the Elders both past and present, to their connection to land, courage, resilience and stewardship in the preservation of the land.
Guided by renowned land artist Elaine Clocherty and Local Artists Renae Whyte and Elise Marshall, the Armadale Arts Bush Trail provides a serene environment to stroll around and enjoy nature while your eyes wander to the stunning ephemeral artworks created by local schools and community groups.
While you are there, consider putting your own hand to an artwork as you are invited to also contribute to the major work created by Elaine Clocherty.
The art trail is an accessible trail with artworks viewed from the pathways, accessible toilets will be on site and ACROD parking will be reserved.
We would also like to say a special thank you to the groups involved: Armadale Senior High School, Armadale Settlers Common Working Group, Bungendore Park Environmental Group, Pioneer Village School, Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Armadale Branch).
More information about the groups involved is as follows:
Armadale Senior High School
Armadale Senior High School is dedicated to providing students from year seven to year 12 with an ethos of strong academic achievement and positive engagement. With high expectations of all students, our school will develop your child through learning that is reflective, innovative, engaging and relevant to the real world.
A wide range of nationally recognised vocational education and training programs are on offer to ensure that students gain core skills for work and complete training in industry through workplace learning. Current courses include Building and Construction, run in partnership with South Metro TAFE, Hospitality, Retail Services, Automotive, Information, Digital Media and Technology, Visual Arts and Sport and Recreation.
Armadale Settlers Common Working Group
Armadale Settlers Common is a large bushland reserve (383 ha) home to a huge diversity of plants and animals. The Armadale Settlers Common Working Group (ASCWG) are dedicated volunteers who undertake bush care activities to assist with the conservation and management of the reserve.
Most of Armadale Settler’s Common contains bushland in good condition, however there are several disused gravel pits and other degraded areas within the reserve that are prime locations for revegetation efforts.
This particular site was revegetated by the ASCWG as part of a project restoring gravel pits and track that resulted in 24,000 trees and shrubs planted between the year 1989 and 1997 as part of the continuing revegetation program. Since that time, further revegetation has been carried out along streams in the reserve and around the Environment Centre.
Bungendore Park Environmental Group
Formerly the Bungendore Park Management Committee, many volunteers have worked with this group since 1981, to restore Bungendore Park to a high quality collection of ecosystems of enormous importance in this world of ever decreasing natural areas.
At nearly 500 Hectares and with over 350 species of plants, this Park is truly a jewel in the crown for the City of Armadale and a beautiful place to walk through at all time of the year.
Pioneer Village School Armadale
Pioneer Village School Armadale is an affordable, nondenominational, co-educational private school delivering excellence in education to all students. Located in the picturesque and heritage protected setting of the Darling Ranges foothills, our school resembles a pioneer town of the 1800’s.
Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Armadale Branch)
Armadale Branch was founded in 1961 and has worked to Know, Grow, Conserve and Enjoy and promote the wildflowers of the City of Armadale. We live in a very high biodiversity area where the bush is in very good condition. This is partly due to the members of Armadale Branch.
More information about the artists is as follows:
As a site specific artist, for 20 years, I work directly in the landscape, using found local natural materials and allow the stories and characteristics of a place to directly inform the work. I try to follow my intuition to genuinely collaborate with the landscape. I have worked with Australian Aboriginal Artists and Elders in the creation of artworks and now understand that getting permission from and if graced, collaborating with traditional owners is a crucial step for works being at home in their place.
My art interventions in the landscape and gallery context have been shown locally, nationally and internationally. With a BA Fine Art and BA (honours) Sustainable Development I have been involved in many outdoor exhibitions including winning the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Scholarship, at Sculpture By the Sea (SXS) Bondi 2014. Exhibitions include SXS Aarhus Denmark, Land Art Poland, Guandu Sculpture Exhibition, Taiwan and kNOw Nature, India.
I have been passionately involved alongside my husband and five children with our local Armadale community over the past 22 years, in either paid or volunteer positions, fuelling creative community outlets including weddings, school artworks, nature playgrounds, gardens and landscaping, Jull Street Mall activation group and also recently starting up a floral business with two other local mothers in conjunction with the Artist Retail Collective in Jull Street Mall.
Renae Whyte is a local visual artist, Art Therapist and Education Assistant. Her works have a strong focus on cultural celebration and expressive portraiture. Other works include; live art performances, murals, private commissioned portraits, community workshops and art installations.
I hope that this project equips our local community with creative skills and vision for land art, to bring a great awareness of our beautiful surroundings and encourage people of all abilities to think of nature as their canvas. I believe it is a great way to focus on respect and knowledge of indigenous culture and land conservation. I can’t wait for the works to be seen.
Having lived in the Armadale area for 14 years, I have come to meet and work with many artists and creative young minds. It’s fair to say… creativity and culture runs deep in this community.”
To ensure this bushland and the ephemeral artworks are respected and looked after we ask visitors please:
- keep dogs on their lead
- pick up after them where required
- stay on the pathways
- ensure rubbish is placed in the bins provided