Bridging culture: an ambitious vision for Mandurah bridge art

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Mandurah community is invited to share stories of the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge with artists from across the state, to create a vision for the public artwork around the new Mandurah Traffic Bridge.

With the construction of the new bridge nearing completion, other key activities such as the public art component are starting. To kick-off the public art component, a cultural connection day and sundowner are being held on Friday, May 12.

The City of Mandurah has engaged the state’s leading regional arts and innovation consultancy, Maker + Co, and public arts specialist Artsource to bring together the best creative minds to honour and celebrate the connections local people have with the iconic bridge.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the City’s approach to the work exemplifies the vision for Mandurah as a connected and forward-thinking city that honours its past, celebrates the present and embraces its future.

“We hope to push the boundaries of public art by using new and interactive technologies that will create evolving points of interest,” she said.

“Generations of locals and visitors have memories related to the old bridge. We are keen to incorporate those stories into the new bridge through public art and create opportunities to continue that tradition of storytelling and memory making.

“We are encouraging a collaborative approach to the creation of the artwork between our community and artists, innovators and tech start-ups.”

A brainstorming day, called Bridging Culture, will be held on Friday, May 12. The day will offer community members the opportunity to work with artists and other stakeholders to identify elements they would like to see the artwork represent.

Colette McEntee, Creative Director at Maker + Co, said she was incredibly excited to be working on the project with the City of Mandurah and Artsource.

“This is a great opportunity for the community and public artists to collaborate and share Mandurah’s stories in new and interesting ways. We hope the process will empower artists to be boldly creative and visionary – these are an artist’s greatest gifts,” Ms McEntree said.

The ideas generated by the Bridging Culture working groups will be shared with the broader community at the end of the day and form part of the briefing process for artists responding to the City’s expression of interest to create the public artwork/s.

Gavin Buckley, Artsource Chief Executive Officer, also expressed delight in being part of this landmark project.

“We are thrilled that the City is engaging artists in the critical early stages, where they can really showcase their creativity and help set the direction of the works that will be commissioned,” Mr Buckley said.

To register your place at the Bridging Cultures workshop, visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au. Spaces are limited.