Multicultural communities to help shape new Mirrabooka mural

Artist Peter Farmer, Edmund Rice Centre WA director Stephen Bowman and Stirling mayor Mark Irwin.
Artist Peter Farmer, Edmund Rice Centre WA director Stephen Bowman and Stirling mayor Mark Irwin.

MULTICULTURAL communities will have the chance to work with four artists in developing a new mural at Fragrant Gardens in Mirrabooka.

Artists started painting a mural at the reserve’s clubrooms on December 6 and will work with young people in painting the design which depicts the six Nyoongar seasons, as part of a partnership between the City of Stirling and Edmund Rice Centre WA.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the design would be based on community input to ensure it was reflective of the key cultural and religious backgrounds in the area.

“The City is one of the most diverse local governments in Australia with more than a third of our population being born overseas,” he said.

Edmund Rice Centre WA director Stephen Bowman said the project was focused on creating pathways to further education for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“The emphasis is on people learning about other cultures,” he said.

Edmund Rice Centre WA Aboriginal Youth Arts Program coordinator Duncan Wright said the artists would hold workshops at community organisations and schools to draw ideas for the mural, which was expected to be completed by January or February.

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said she supported public art on buildings which added vibrancy to street scapes.

“Not only can it include neighbours in its design but foster social interaction as a point of discussion between passers-by,” she said.

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