Winin Katidjin Bilya Artworks

In 2020, Apparatus and Lendlease were working together on Curtin’s new School of Design and the Built Environment. Lendlease approached Apparatus to develop a collaborative project working with Aboriginal artists that could action both organisation’s Elevate Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP).

The result was Winin Katidjin Bilya (Living Knowledge Stream); a project that provides a unique opportunity to action reconciliation ambitions, and leave a legacy that respects the traditional owners and the history and culture of the site. The project was process driven, with time and space given to the development of the concepts and stories that underpin them.

This material will be built on in a highly collaborative process integrating Whadjuk Noongar cultural katidjin (knowledge) into the landscape design using public art as an interpretive tool. The project involved an emerging Whadjuk Noongar artist, being mentored throughout the project by a group of collaborators with diverse skills including Whadjuk Noongar Cultural Advisors, Landscape Architects, Concrete Specialist, Metalwork Specialist and a Lawyer.

Deliverables

  • Development of mentorship program and design workshops.
  • Design Team collaboration.
  • Consultation with Whadjuk Noongar Cultural Advisors.
  • Working with Noongar artists.

Outcomes

  • Artist capacity building: the process of an integrated public art project; how to integrate a 2D design into the built form; how to read architectural plans; artwork design development and documentation; concrete and metalwork fabrication and installation; and design team collaboration.
  • A legacy artwork for Curtin University that generates discussion about First Nations people and culture.

Project Details

Timeframe

  • 2019 - 2021
  • One of the many highlights in our work on Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment, was the opportunity to collaborate with Apparatus and the artists to realise the magnificent site-specific artworks.

    Apparatus provided assured guidance and fostered meaningful discussions to facilitate both the logistics and the artist’s creative input.

    Importantly, Apparatus was a strong advocate of the creative process. The artist, architecture and Curtin University’s vision and integrity were consistently front and centre.

  • Kah-Fai Lee
  • Principal

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