Client: City of Swan, Perth
When: February 2021
Brief: The Weeip Park Community Art Mural is intended to increase community identity as well as to engage the youth of Midland as community stakeholders. The project aims to: create a vibrant landmark that will facilitate a sense of place and identity for the Weeip Park Youth Space. Meaningfully engage the local community in identifying key themes of place and belonging. To translate the results of the community engagement in to a professional mural image of high quality. To foster an energetic and creative atmosphere for the youth of Midland. To show, by example, to the young people of Midland, the significance of the creative arts in creating community and as a profession
Outcome: Fieldey ran a total of five youth engagement brainstorming sessions and a workshop to gather ideas and stories for the mural from as broad a range of young people as possible. She also leaned on her experience as a YouTube creator and created a custom video to promote the project - speaking to young people on a platform that they use and identify with.
A major theme of the artwork is connection: in the literal sense of Midland’s physical location as a transport hub, but also as a place where young people connect with each other.
The colourful squares and shapes form a semi-realistic map of Midland, as seen from above, with places that are significant to the young people, such as schools and Midland Gate. These colourful squares and patterns were paintable by participants of all skill levels during the six community painting days Fieldey facilitated.
Juxtaposed with this fun map are personal stories and memories that were painted as realistic black and white images, accompanied by text. These were been supplied by individual young people and form a story trail across the piece that visitors to the park can follow and read as they walk through the space.