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Armadale Arts Bush Trail

16 May 2019 at 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10.00 am, repeating until 19 May 2019

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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.

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Students benefit from approved specialist programs in Information and Communication Technology and Visual Arts along with pathways in an Extension Music course, preparing them for senior school, employment, training or university entry.

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.

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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.

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Some of the activities of the Armadale Settlers Common Working Group include weed control, revegetation, dieback treatment, seedling propagation, springtime bushwalks, grant applications and regular meetings.

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.

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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.

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Bungendore Park is on the international birdwatching map and hosts nesting sites for all three black cockatoos.

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.

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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.

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At Pioneer Village School we pride ourselves on implementing best-practice educational practices, strong community values, and a high standard of attention for each student. We know it is critically important to provide children with a robust, individualised approach to learning so they have the skills required to succeed in the future.

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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.

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Armadale Branch was also one of the main proponents for the securing of Bungendore Park by 1973 and has worked hard to help restore it to its excellent condition and still does.

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More information about the artists is as follows:

Elaine Clocherty

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.

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We have been working with the Champion Centre, their local Elders and community members to get permission for us to create artworks at Armadale Settlers Common. The Armadale area is so lucky to have local Elder Vivienne Hanson who co-wrote the book Noongar Bush Medicine – Medicinal Plants of the South West of Western Australia. Her accumulated knowledge of the healing properties of so many of our local plants forms a main part of the artwork. Also the importance of fire and coming together in the bush which was inspired by Kandice Hanson. This is a collaborative work and I look forward to working with you, the local community, to create in the gorgeous Jarrah/Marri bushland of the Armadale area.

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.

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Elise Marshall

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.

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In 1995 I completed my Diploma of Fine Art and Design, majoring in sculpture, minoring in ceramics and looking forwards to continuing to develop as an artist in my own right, however I find myself realising my own wonderful sense of purpose, is actually wrapped up in the gift of ourselves to others. It is truly an incredible privilege to assist Elaine Clocherty and our local community groups in their creative expressions within the amazing natural treasure that is the Armadale Settler’s Common.

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Renae Whyte

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.

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“I am excited to be involved with this project because I am passionate about youth involvement and community accessibility to the arts. My experience working with various local schools in education and the arts let me to jump on board.

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.”

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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



16 May 2019
10.00 am - 2.00 pm


Settler’s Common East – Bush Trail
Canns Rd & Churchman Brook Rd
Bedfordale, WA 6112 Australia