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PUBLIC Silo Trail

The PUBLIC Silo Trail, completed in September 2018 by cultural organisation FORM in partnership with the State’s largest grain handler CBH Group, has become one of Western Australia’s iconic drive trails linking together strong cultural narratives, storytelling and world class art, along one self-drive route.

 

The Northam Silo murals were completed in 2015 by international artists Phlegm and HENSE. Over two weeks they painted the huge silos, all while the CBH went about usual operations. 

 

Visit the PUBLIC Silo Trail website for further information on the massive works of art and to plan your Silo Trail adventure across WA.

 

Shire of Northam Art Collection

The Shire of Northam’s art collection originated in the late 1950’s, following a bequest of works from philanthropist Sir Claude Hotchin. It has since grown to consist of more than 140 pieces by both local and well-known artists, including pieces by Will Ashton and Arthur Boyd, among others. The pieces represent a wide range of styles and mediums, and are currently overseen by the Shire of Northam’s Art Advisory Committee, and Shire Council.

 

The Art Advisory Committee was formed with the intent of managing the growing collection, in terms of both the maintenance of the pieces, and the eventual display to the public. To date, one art display has been held, which showcased a number of pieces selected by the Committee in the Northam Lesser Town Hall. Following a positive reception of this display, it is the intent of the Committee to hold further events, and to explore new methods of displaying the pieces to the public around town. 

 

Following the initial bequest of the Hotchin collection, pieces have been either donated to the collection, or purchased by the Shire of Northam as the winning piece of the annual Northam Art Prize acquisitive art awards. In 2018 the tradition of the acquisitive art award came to an end so the Shire of Northam will no longer be adding the winning art piece to the Collection.

 

Public Art in the Shire of Northam

The importance of public art is highly regarded within the Shire of Northam. Public art not only beautifies and brightens the streetscape of our towns, it also serves to boost community morale and enhances the social, cultural and economic value of the Shire.

 

There are several examples of public art, including murals, sculptures and monuments throughout the Shire of Northam, and planning is underway to further develop the public art within the Shire.

 

Northam Historical Town Sculptures

While meandering down the main street of Northam (Fitzgerald Street) you will notice 12 sculptures placed outside historically significant places. This Northam Historical Town Sculptures project was a collaboration between the Avon Valley Arts Society and the Northam Historical Society to lift the veil on some of the interesting stories of Northam's past and illustrate the history of Northam through sculpture.

 

Bernard Park

The Sound Sculpture Project was completed in 1991 by Nick Compton, Simon Gilby, Ian Hill and Northam Districts High School Students using scrap metal.

 

More recently the sewerage access chambers were given a bright facelift from Artist Revolution and Tom deMunk-Kirkmeer with support from the Water Corporation.

 

Murals

There are a variety of murals throughout the Shire. Of particular significance are the Silo murals which form part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail. The Shire is in the process of planning for new commissions of mural art as part of the Northam Town Centre Development and Connectivity Strategy, brightscaping strategy.

 

Contact the Northam Visitor Centre for the public art trail (COMING SOON)

 

Avon Valley Arts Society

The Avon Valley Arts society are based at the Old Girls School on Wellington Street, and have gallery and exhibition space at the Northam Visitor Centre. They hold regular events and workshops, and offer items for sale from their talented members.