Welcome to The Art of Wellbeing, our inaugural art competition and exhibition. Celebrating working closely with the Aboriginal community, this competition provides members of the West Australian Aboriginal community an opportunity to share their culture through their art, by submitting their interpretation of the theme ‘wellbeing’ in their chosen artistic form.
Wellbeing. Is it a feeling? Is it a place? Is it the emotion you feel around family, friends and loved ones? Is it the music of your heart, the dance of nature or the simplest things, which touch your soul and speak volumes?
Your work could express the feeling of wellbeing that comes when you look into the eyes of someone you love, or listen to the wisdom of an Elder. It could represent your deep connection to the land; the stillness where there is a knowing; the music of the waves and wind; the seasons and the signs of change they bring; or the iridescent wings of dragonflies, turtle eggs in the dunes, or footprints in the sands.
Let your imagination run wild on a canvas embroidered with inspiration and emotion.
Up to twenty finalists will be selected from the entries received, and from these an overall winner will be chosen. Each of the twenty finalists will be paid $200 for their artwork, allowing Richmond Wellbeing to showcase and auction the works of art at an Exhibition event later in the year, raising all-important funds to support the expansion of our Aboriginal program.
The overall winner of the competition will be given the enriching opportunity and experience of working with celebrated artist, Janine Daddo [anchor link to bio below] and highly respected Noongar artist, Wendy Hayden [anchor link to bio below], with the hope that the all-expenses paid mentoring program from these esteemed artists will assist in spring boarding their career.
Look out for our helpful Assistance Day, coming in September 2017. Let the inspiration flow!
Janine’s natural exuberance for life allows her to gain great joy from the everyday moments that most of us take for granted. Her observations of these moments are what inspire her paintings and her desire to share the simple magic that is all around us.
Janine has enjoyed ‘sell-outs’ in Sydney and Melbourne, and her work is now enjoyed in private collections throughout Australia and as far afield as London and New York.
Janine invites us to look again, lose yourself in the romance of life and celebrate the simple moments captured in her joyous colourful paintings that epitomize wellbeing.
Wendy is an artist known as WendyKA, a name that identifies her place of birth and her heritage country.
Wendy is an active community member and has worked on the Minnawarra Festival in Armadale and is a member of a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group. She also facilitates arts workshops for Aboriginal women.
Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia. She loves using vibrant colours and detail in her artwork.
Wendy began painting early 2000. Painting provides her with the opportunity to share her Aboriginal stories and artistic talent for projects that are needed in the communities. She was inspired to paint by her mother, who was from the Stolen Generation.
Wendy has found art to be a very powerful tool for educational purposes and also in the community and business sector. She regularly shares stories and trains others to mix colours and actively encourages the young children and youth to get involved in art workshops.
We’d like to acknowledge Steve Brown, Addellamay Ryder-Bartley and Catherine Bynder for kindly donating their painting of their interpretation of Wellbeing to raise funds at our Exhibition and corporate auction.
Steve Brown is a Perth based artist, specializing in a range of mediums from pencil to acrylic paint. He has worked on storyboards for films like Red Dog and A Few Less Men, as well as having been a part of many group exhibitions and solo shows. Steve also runs art and film workshops at hospitals, with community groups and with disabled youth.
Addellamay Ryder-Bartley is a proud Yuet woman from Mukinbudin, a mother of three girls and grandmother of 12. As a committee member of Langford Aboriginal Association and a participant in their programs, she has been given opportunities to manage art stalls at festivals and NAIDOC events, which has enabled her to promote, mentor and support emerging artists.
Catherine is a proud cultural Nyoongar, Budimia, Yamatji woman from Mt Magnet, and the Mullewa region. A mother of three, grandmother of 16, and great grandmother of five, she is also a Committee Member of the Langford Aboriginal Association and volunteers her time to co-ordinate the Moorditj Art and Yarning group each week.
She is the winner of the WA NAIDOC Artist of the year award for 2016 and considers Artwork as a way of healing to keep her mentally, spiritually and physically happy.
Richmond Wellbeing acknowledges the land on which we stand is Nyoongar country. We pay our respects to Nyoongar Elders past and present, acknowledging them as the holders of wisdom and culture, and extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.