CAN’s Waugal Wall project saw the Noongar dreamtime creation story of how the Rainbow Serpent made the Swan and Canning Rivers immortalised in a giant colourful mural.
The artwork was created by urban artist Darren Hutchins in partnership with local Noongar artist Ross Story. The artists’ workshopped the mural concept with local primary school students who helped shape the design and paint the wall. The mural compliments the school’s newly created outdoor cultural classroom – an outdoor learning space which honours the region’s Indigenous culture.
“The Waugal Wall project was a partnership between Narrogin Primary School and Community Arts Network to bring children of all backgrounds together to honour Noongar culture, and acknowledge reconciliation” said CAN General Manager Monica Kane.
The response from the school and community was so positive, CAN has engaged the same creative team to deliver Stage 2 of the Waugal Wall. This artwork will focus on indigenous astronomy and feature a star story that is significant to the South West of the state. The Waugal Wall is part of CAN’s Rekindling Stories on Country cultural preservation initiative and it’s funded by The Ministry for the Arts, Department of Culture and the Arts WA and the Australia Council.
The wall is due to be completed in May 2017.