Newman Recreation Centre Mural

The artwork designed for the Newman Recreation Centre is inspired by the unique East Pilbara region, with it’s ancient geological wonders and rich varied hues. The artwork aims to develop and foster “a sense of place”, engaging with visitors and residents of Newman. The abstract elements provides an opportunity for the viewer to explore and develop their own meaning.

Artist George Domahidy conducted residency workshops with the Newman Community and Newman Senior High School to inform parts of the mural design. The key points identified that participants wanted like to see elements responding to the local environment and flora and fauna in the design, small hand drawn elements, textures and patterns relating to Newman, shapes and forms relating to Newman and the ancient Pilbara colour palette. George encapsulated the wishes of participants in the final artwork. The resulting design utilises bold graphic forms and hand drawn elements form a contemporary collage of patterns and aesthetic gestures inspired by the unique landscape and flora of the region.

Deliverables

The aims for the project were to:

  • deliver a mural on the north facing wall of the Newman Recreation Centre;
  • showcase the local region and its people;
  • build capacity with the local high school students and broader community through guided workshops; and
  • improve the appearance of local amenities.

Outcomes

  • Expression of local culture.
  • Delivery of an Artwork that improves the amenity of an existing building.
  • Community Engagement and Community Development
  • Community Workshops

Project Details

Location

  • Newman

Timeframe

  • 2019 - 2020
  • I have been fortunate to work and collaborate with Apparatus on two large scale regional public art projects. Their commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensures each project is carefully considered and the best outcomes achieved. Apparatus are ardent advocates for artists and the vital role art can play in building communities.

  • George Domahidy
  • Artist

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