Guildford artist commissioned for sculpture in Midland

Midland Gate has commissioned local Aboriginal artist Mandy White. Photo: Will Russell
Midland Gate has commissioned local Aboriginal artist Mandy White. Photo: Will Russell

GUILDFORD Aboriginal artist Mandy White will bring the playful bush creatures of her childhood to the public when she creates a sculptural artwork for the revitalised Cale Street dining precinct at Midland Gate.

Cheeky and playful, the small mythical creatures are from stories passed down by Ms White’s mother and grandmother.

They are a strong theme for the DADAA artist-in-residence, who works primarily in painting, drawing and printmaking.

Midland Gate worked with DADAA, an organisation that provides access to arts and culture for people with disabilities or lived experiences of mental illness, to secure the partnership with Ms White.

The commission reflects the NAIDOC theme for 2018, “Because of her, we can”, exploring story telling passed down through important women in White’s life.

Centre manager Alison Broadbent said Ms White’s lively and colourful style was an excellent fit for the upgraded Cale Street precinct.

“Inspired by stories from the artist’s childhood, the sculpture will be a vibrant addition to what will quickly become a favourite destination for families to enjoy day or night,” she said.

The sculpture is expected to be installed before the end of the year.

Ms White’s work is currently on display at Gallery Central as part of the NAIDOC exhibition Djookian (Sisters).