Dr Bianca Beetson wins kinetic art competition
Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi (Sunshine Coast) Wiradjuri (NSW), Dr Bianca Beetson has been named the winner of the Kinetic Art competition of the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) – a national search to find an indigenous artist with a strong connection to the Wiradjuri nation to design one of the largest works of public art in the New South Wales region. Dr Beetson is a visual artist who works in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and public art.
“I identify as Wiradjuri and have family ties to the indigenous Dubbo community through the Beetson / Majick family lines. I also have family living in Wellington who are descended from my great aunt Topsy Taylor. I see this as an opportunity to reconnect with the country and develop continued reciprocal relationships with the Wiradjuri community, ”said Dr Beetson.
All artists had to adhere to a theme of community, country, connection: finding common ground and, with her winning concept, Dr Beetson says she considered the process of applying for permission to enter. the country. Her proposed work uses expressive images of country, cultural knowledge and communities. The unique design was developed by cyanotyping, a process using the sun – the giver of life – to develop the image. Using kangaroo grass seeds, which are native seeds that grow along the three Dubbo rivers, Dr. Beetson created a design representative of a river.
“The river represents the Wiradjuri people and the communities connected to the three rivers and their tributaries. The river is also a donor of life for the community and the vital blood of the community. Without water we would not survive, ”said Dr Beetson.
Dr Beetson’s art will be on display on the side of the Telstra Exchange building, which will be located in the Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza. UAP was hired by the DRC to help with the construction and installation of the artwork.
DRC Cultural Development Coordinator Jessica Moore says Dr Beetson’s work is a great representation of the community coming together, after a strong pool of applicants initially applied for the paid opportunity.
“We were very happy to have 25 submissions for this contest. Through our evaluation process, we reduced that number to three really strong applicants and each piece of art was very unique and very distinctive and very different from each other which made the final selection process really difficult, but also really exciting, ”Ms. Moore said.
The project was funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Environmental and Tourism Growth Fund, with a budget of $ 5 million for the development of the Old Dubbo Heritage Plaza. This is part of the global Destination Dubbo: International Ready project, which the NSW government has funded to the tune of $ 10 million.
“I want to thank everyone who participated, for me it was a really enjoyable process and Bianca Beetson, I thought she was an outstanding candidate from the first time I saw part of her vision, and there were other fantastic candidates as well, but I think Bianca took a very unique and special look at what we have in this region, ”Dubbo member Dugald Saunders said.