Chance for visual artists to add to collection

Artist Brian Plank's 'Western Grey', installed at Capecare Dunsborough. Photo: Facebook/Brian Plant
Artist Brian Plank's 'Western Grey', installed at Capecare Dunsborough. Photo: Facebook/Brian Plant

With Capecare Dunsborough nearing completion and the focus moving to interior finishes, Margaret River Region visual artists are invited to add their creative flair to the new fully integrated aged care facility.

Capecare will acquire a number of works from local artists to be displayed throughout the residential care building's internal spaces for residents, their families, visitors, staff and the local community to enjoy.

Capecare CEO Elizabeth Hogarth said bringing art to Capecare Dunsborough was designed to help demystify and challenge ideas of what an aged care facility looked like and how residents interacted with their new home.

"We are passionate about the services we deliver and much thought and planning has gone into the new residential care facility to provide the best possible lifestyle and comfort for our residents. The addition of local artwork will bring fun and engagement into the space.

"We will create a self-guided art tour through Capecare Dunsborough via a booklet with information on the artists, their stories, and images of the works," she said.

Capecare has engaged Arts Margaret River to coordinate the acquisition project and they will assist in the selection, installation and documentation of the artworks.

An assessment panel will select the works from artist expressions of interest.

Arts Margaret River General Manager Michelle Wright said the positive impacts and benefits of arts and culture were well documented and significant social benefits in the community were generated through artistic and cultural activities.

"When people interact with the arts, they have experiences, thoughts and feelings such as increased self-belief, self-empowerment, sense of belonging and other outcomes that contribute to the improved social wellbeing of a person," she said.

The new art acquisitions will compliment Capecare Dunsborough's new exterior murals by Kyle Hughes-Odgers and recent 'Western Grey' sculpture purchase from Sculptures By the Bay artist Brian Plank, which will feature in the gardens.

The $37.5million development will comprise 21 independent living apartments, an 80-bed residential care unit offering respite and permanent residential beds, café and landscaped gardens with BBQ area, and a new premises for the Dunsborough CWA.

It is due for completion in June 2021.

Visual artists from Busselton to Augusta are encouraged to submit proposals by 21 May 2021.

First round proposals will require completion of Art Acquisition form and a PDF image of the original artwork.

Further information and application forms are available from www.artsmargaretriver.com

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