By Claire Ottaviano
SWAN Council have approved $35,000 for the commission of Noongar artwork to be installed in the council chamber in 2022/23.
On August 25, council approved the budget allocation for the artwork to be located in the left upper corner of chambers as seen when facing the Mayor’s seat.
Council originally approved the commission in October 2020.
However, the report proposed the artwork be located on the right hand wall where it would not be visible on the council’s livestream and only partially visible from the public gallery.
The City’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) committee supported the revised location, but noted it would need to be visible on the video.
The report was deferred to the August meeting to give the RAP committee a chance to comment on the revised, and now approved, location to the rear of the council chamber wall.
The Shire of Mundaring has 19 public art works displayed in its chambers, with three of those by two Indigenous artists.
While the City of Kalamunda doesn’t have any public artwork in its gallery, a number of pieces of aboriginal art are hung in the library, admin building and other public spaces.