South West Women: celebrating Similarity and difference



South West Women: celebrating Similarity and differenceSouth West Women: celebrating Similarity and differenceArtGeo is pleased to host The South West Women's Health and Information Centre, Women's Mural: South West Women...This project was first exhibited from 28th July to August 4th. 2006, at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Since that date, the mural has travelled to the Nannup Music Festival, Northcliffe Community Centre and the Boyup Brook Filed Day.

This mural is unique. We believe that such an ambitious project has never been achieved in the South West of WA. The title of the mural is "South West Women: Celebrating Similarity and Difference".

It is a transportable mural made up of 90 separate canvas panels which have been painted by women from many towns in the South West. No artistic ability was required for this project. The pieces are visually connected by a flowing river which appears on every panel and is a symbol of the feminine.

The aim of the project was to explore how both the similarities and the differences between the lives of women in the South West. Women ranging in age from 12 to 87 contributed their self expression. In total there were 280 participants. Women who participated came from a range of towns including Australind, Boyup Brook, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Donnybrook, Margaret River and Northcliffe, Women from different cultural backgrounds participated including Australian Aboriginal women and women from areas such as Asia and Europe.

Local Mural artist Celestin Hutchinson facilitated at each self expression painting workshop over the six month long process, designed the overall format and the sequencing of the mural. At each workshop session Celestin discussed with participants ideas including the best way to present group murals and provided artistic support when participants put paint to canvas. She encouraged all women to be free with their self expression and paint any aspect of their lives.