This free, family-friendly event aims to highlight and celebrate the joining of the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarro Beeliar) rivers, commemorating the historical significance of the site to the Bibbulmun and Noongar Beeliar people and actively connecting audiences with the past.
The art installation will communicate the living stories of the Canning confluence, through the depiction of the Waugal, the six seasons and the mixing of the ‘sweet’ and ‘salty’ waters that characterise this site, which was known to the Bibbulmun people as Gabbi Kowangalup*.
The canvas or screen for Confluence will be a flotilla of boats seen at two points along the Canning Beach Road foreshore. The artists, in partnership with the City of Melville and the South of Perth Yacht Club, will bring together a community of river users to create this floating artwork.
A variety of, food and drink vendors will be on site for the event, including Churro Central, Café Orange and Froth Coffee Van. The South of Perth Yacht Club will open for extended trading hours with dinner specials available at their riverfront restaurant.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Confluence is a first for the City and the State, being the inaugural ART IN PLACE project for the City and also the first time anyone has attempted a projection artwork on boats in Australia.
“We are excited to launch our first ART IN PLACE project, Confluence, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, and to also attempt an Australian first by using projections on a flotilla of boats,” said Mayor Aubrey.
"We hope this installation will bring the community together and place a spotlight on the vital river system and its importance and significance to many members of the community.”
Perth-based artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Cook) will be creating Confluence using designs adapted from artworks by illustrator and artist Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh).
VJzoo have been working together since 2003, performing and presenting their unique video, interactive and projection installations nationally and abroad. VJzoo have worked closely with Kambarni, an artist and illustrator descended from the Ballardong Noongar people of the South West and the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley, to adapt his distinctive artworks into light and moving images for Confluence.
Confluence will take place each night from Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June 2018, from 6.00 to 8.30pm along the Canning Beach Road Foreshore, Applecross (with viewing points at the South of Perth Yacht Club and the corner of Dunvegan Road).
An opening event and Welcome to Country will be held on Thursday, 21 June from 6.00pm with a Welcome to Country by Olman Walley and official opening by Deputy Mayor Matthew Woodall.
For more information on Confluence, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/confluence or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.
[*Gabbi refers to water, whilst Kowangulup may have been derived from Kowain which can mean laughing or floating].