Makuru light work: City of Perth set to purchase $27,000 piece of artwork

Makuru light work: City of Perth set to purchase $27,000 piece of artwork
Makuru light work: City of Perth set to purchase $27,000 piece of artwork

THE City of Perth could soon purchase artwork Makuru light work by Brendan Van Hek.

The City’s finance and administration committee voted on Tuesday to recommend the purchase to the council, following the advice of City staff.

Staff described their recommendation as “the culmination of targeted research over time in context across the industry”.

“The suitability of the artwork has been considered particularly in relation to Council Policy 18.2 Cultural Collections, which states that through the strategic management of its Cultural Collections the City will ensure that the Collection’s future value and ongoing significance for Perth, Western Australia, and the wider community is maintained,” the report said.

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The proposed purchase price for Makuru… is $27,000, a relatively small fraction of the relevant budget.

Staff wrote that the artwork represents “a sound cultural and financial investment and will enable the City’s art collection to grow and develop in reputation”.

Makuru light work takes the Noongar season of Makuru – one of six Noongar seasons – and its qualities as the coldest and wettest season of the year as its starting point.

City staff said, “in its colours the work takes its cue from Makuru when the blues and purples of the Blueberry Lilly and Purple flags are predominant, then giving way to the white and cream flowers of the weeping peppermint and the season Djilba”.