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Acclaimed Performing Lines WA writer and director Sally Richardson has brought together an extraordinary artwork program to engage Western Australian Museum visitors with professional artists.
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Creating an extraordinary Western Australian story

Acclaimed Performing Lines WA writer and director Sally Richardson has brought together an extraordinary artwork program to engage Western Australian Museum visitors with professional artists.

Ms Richardson said an interactive artwork will be developed over a two week period, with the final product to be a large three dimensional object that reflects the Western Australian community today.

"The Museum is currently hosting the Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum exhibition which showcases stories about the world's people, who we are and where we've come from," Ms Richardson said.

"I wanted to extend this premise to develop an extraordinary three dimensional object created by Western Australians.

"The artwork or sculpture will be called Swan Song and will not only reflect each participant's individual story, but will collectively reflect something unequivocally Western Australian - namely the Swan River."

Ms Richardson advised professional artists from the Bassendean based art organisation FIBRANT will coordinate the program, working closely with Museum visitors.

"FIBRANT is a group of like minded artists who have a strong ethos of recycling, skill sharing, inclusivity and creating collaborative community artworks.

"Working alongside the artists, visitors who participate in the program will use specially chosen materials such as old books and maps which, in their own right, carry their own stories.

"We invite audiences to come watch the artists at work, or freely participate as 'artists' themselves."

Swan Song will evolve over the duration of the program and will be on display at the Western Australian Museum - Perth.

Ms Richardson said another aspect of the program will be the My Favourite Things activity where recognised young Perth performers will engage with Museum visitors helping them to write about their favourite things on post-it notes.

"These performers will play, dance and have fun while encouraging participants to draw or write about their favourite things.

"The post-its will create a mural on and around the walls of the Museum foyer - all to encourage telling our own stories and building our identity as Western Australians."

This free program runs from 9 to 22 January 2012 at the WA Museum - Perth from 10.00am to 2.00pm daily and is available to people from 4+ years.

Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum exhibition will be on display at the WA Museum - Perth until 5 February 2012.

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