CAN produces a variety of books, CDs and DVDs that accompany each of our community art and cultural development projects. Many of our project publications are available for download or purchase.
CAN also produces an annual report each year, which showcases our community arts projects, funding programs, mentoring and skills development programs and resources produced from each calendar year. View and download our annual reports from as far back as 2007.
Publications may be purchased using a Credit Card or Paypal account,
calling CAN on (08) 9226 2422 or emailing email@example.com.
Goomalling Yarns: Stories from Koomal boodja
In 2015, CAN and the Shire of Goomalling delivered a program to rediscover, record and celebrate the stories of the Aboriginal families who lived on the Goomalling Reserve and in local missions and bush camps.
Through oral history recordings, photo-sharing, family history research and arts workshop’s more than eighty community members helped bring the past back to life.
The personal stories of twelve senior Noongar community members were recorded by award-winning oral historian Bill Bunbury and collated by former ABC sound engineer Jemma King into a poignant twenty-minute radio documentary.
Shine: Healing Songs from the heart of the land
The CD/DVD album is a culmination of a three-year Healing Songs music workshop program with the communities of Quairading and Kellerberrin. Working alongside professional artists, 10 local first-time performers turned their heartfelt personal stories into professionally recorded songs. The beautiful collection of original ballads compiled in the album tells tales of love, loss, life, culture and country. Some songs have been more than 50 years in the making.
The Yarns of the Heart: Noongar Dolls
CAN’s Yarns of the Heart: Noongar dolls catalogue tracks the journey of this extraordinary project, along with the lives and stories of the Noongar Doll Makers. The publication was released to coincide with the inclusion of twenty Noongar dolls in the exhibition ‘string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art’ curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney.
The book contains images and stories of the dolls and their makers, a research paper written by Dr Dave Palmer on the community wellbeing outcomes of the project, as well as a documentary on the history of doll making in Narrogin.
A comprehensive ‘how to’ community arts publication and film resource produced by CAN WA. This is designed to inspire and guide individuals, organisations and communities to get involved in community arts.
A sample from the Dream Plan Do DVD:
All available for download
Karla Kurliny – Coming Back Home
This publication and accompanying documentaries are a dialogue between Noongar Elders and young people collated as part of the Cultural Mapping and Community Governance project led by CAN and the GKB Native Title Working Party over three years. Karla Kurliny – Coming Back Home is a beautifully produced publication that pays tribute to the GKB Elders and young people who generously shared their time, stories and cultural knowledge for the project.
Griffith Review : Tools for Social Transformation
Previous CAN Managing Director Pilar Kasat’s essay in the national, quarterly publication The Griffith Review
Spinning a Yarn for Community
Community Arts and Cultural Development: Powerful Tools for Social Change. Pilar Kasat’s Masters Thesis
Growing Communities: Arts and Culture in Local Government
The i:click program engaged young people from new migrant and refugee backgrounds through photographic and film workshops during the summer in 2012. Delivered through the City of Gosnells Str8 Talk’n program, CAN facilitated the participants to explore notions of identity and sense of place through photography and film.
Imagine – Visions for our Sustainable Future
The Wheat Beats project involved young people from schools and communities in Kellerberrin, Quairading, Brookton and Narrogin. They participated in workshops learning the history and skills of Australian hip hop, traditional Aboriginal dance and film making as a contemporary avenue to express their connection to their culture and community.
Yarns of the Heart
CAN WA revived an original doll making project through the three-year Strong Culture, Strong Community program, almost twenty years after it began. Through the first project in 1994, facilitated by Nalda Searles and Pantjiti Mary McLean, the Narrogin community created their first Noongar dolls. In September 2010, CAN WA invited renowned textile artists Nalda Searles and Cecile Williams back to Narrogin, and later Pingelly, to bring the skills to a new generation of Noongar women, boys and girls. CAN WA’s Aboriginal Arts and Culture Trainee, Sonia Kickett also worked with the doll makers, assisting them to coordinate their own weekly workshops at the Best Start Centre.
Naked Practice: Research Report
In striving to always produce projects of best practice, CAN appoints qualified academics and researchers to evaluate and report on the outcomes. Naked Practice is a publication evaluating two of CAN’s largest projects to date, the Rock Hole Long Pipe project and the first phase of the Voices of the Wheatbelt. In striving to always produce projects of best practice, CAN appoints qualified academics and researchers to evaluate and report on the outcomes. Naked Practice is a publication evaluating two of CAN’s largest projects to date, the Rock Hole Long Pipe project and the first phase of the Voices of the Wheatbelt.
Voices of the Wheatbelt
Following 18 months of photography workshops, 200 participants and over 26,000 photos, the Voices of the Wheatbelt photography book was published – showcasing stunning photography of the region, the people and their places.