From September 10, swimmers at Broome’s Cable Beach can expect to see a striking two-metre long shark made from forged and recycled steel erected on the reserve, an entrant in the A View to Asia Art Awards, which is part of the Shinju Matsuri festival.
The life size shark will join 12 other sculptures and installations by Western Australian artists to form an interactive exhibition that runs from September 10 to 18, reflecting on Broome’s multicultural nature.
The free exhibition is one of the many activities at the Shinju Matsuri Festival, otherwise known as the Festival of the Pearl, celebrating the many cultures that helped shape Broome during its the prosperous pearling days.
Last year’s art exhibition was popular with festival-goers, with the majority of art pieces selling.
President of the Shinju Matsuri Festival Chris Maher says that art is an important part of Shinju Matsuri.
“A View to Asia celebrates Broome’s history and rich multiculturalism through the extraordinary talent of local artists,” said Mr Maher. “With some artworks being freighted from all around Western Australia, we are providing local artists the opportunity to be exhibited alongside existing artists and sculptors”
“There aren’t many ways you can make Cable Beach more stunning than it already is, but we do think this interactive exhibition will bring the trademark Shinju Matsuri vibrancy the event is known for. In creating this platform to showcase and sell their work the public have an opportunity to support the local art scene by taking home a little bit of Shinju Matsuri.
A View to Asia has a total prize pool of $8,500 on offer to the artists, with accomplished artists Janis Nedala, Jessica Jubb and Rod Garlett judging the category and overall winners.
Mr Nedala has been immersed in the Perth art scene for the past 40 years, 14 years of which was served as part of the curatorial staff for the Art Gallery of WA. Alongside creating his own mixed media collections and public art commissions, Mr Nedala is currently an arts advisor to many public and private organisations, and an authorised valuer for the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Cultural Gifts Program’.
Mr Nedala says the public can expect an exhibition that celebrates Broome and the Kimberley.
“I’m hoping these works will give those living in Broome a feeling of being involved in their community and a chance to demonstrate why their town is such a desirable tourist destination.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity of Western Australian artists, and speaking to the artists to find out a little more about what inspires them.
“The entries are judged on their standard of expression, creativity and uniqueness.”
Now in its 46th year, Shinju Matsuri is a nine-day festival running fromSeptember 10 to 18 with over 20 events. Other event highlights include the Floating Lantern Matsuri, the Sunset Long Table Dinner set on the sand on Cable Beach, Willie Creek Pearl Harvest, art exhibitions, a float parade, film, music, dance, family and community events, food and a Festival Finale party.