New artworks by Laurel Nannup

Coinciding with Harmony Week, the community are invited to view a collection of 12 new artworks accessioned into the City of Melville‘s Art Collection by acclaimed local Nyoongar printmaker, Laurel Nannup.

With Harmony Week running from 15 to 21 March every year, the community are encouraged to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity with these unique artworks now available for viewing on the 2nd floor of the City of Melville Civic Centre.

Exploring themes of Childhood, Displacement, Self-Identity, Reconciliation and Aboriginal Spirituality, Laurel’s works use linocut and etching techniques to tell stories of her remarkable life, from her childhood living on a bush reserve and being taken to live on a mission as a young girl, to her adulthood experience of taking a trip to New York to exhibit her artwork internationally.

Laurel was born in 1943 at the Carrolup Native Settlement and grew up in Pinjarra before being taken to the Wandering Mission as one of the stolen generation. The stories she tells through her prints are memories of happy events and some that are not.

The story of the day Laurel and her sister were taken from their parents’ home on Pinjarra Reserve to Wandering Mission is depicted in the woodcut print, Leaving Home, in which two little girls stand hand in hand with their backs to the viewer, looking at the big black car that had come to take them away.

In contrast, the etching, The Lolly Tree, beautifully illustrates Laurel’s childhood wonder and amazement when she came across a tree in the bush with her cousins that was laden with pretty wrapped lollies – she did not know at the time that her uncle had decorated the tree especially for the kids to discover.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City’s art collection played an important role in supporting local and Western Australian artists.

“The collection is also an important record of our history, capturing our cultural heritage and lifestyle of the community over time. We also get to share these stories of our history with the community by displaying the collection within City of Melville Libraries, Community and Recreation Centres, and the Civic Centre,” said Mayor Aubrey.

Laurel Nannup’s artworks are now available to view at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road Booragoon WA 6154 during opening hours Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

To view an online gallery of the City of Melville’s art collection, visit www.melvillecity.com.au.

ARTIST BIO:

Laurel Nannup’s work is represented in collections both nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of WA, and the Berndt Museum of Anthropology. Laurel has a Post Graduate Degree in Fine Arts, with a Major in Printmaking from the Curtin University.