Message of Community Takes Top Art Award Tuesday, September 21, 2021
An artwork portraying another façade of a famous beachside town has taken out the top award in a community art competition.
 
The #shoWcAse in Pixels competition is run by the WA Local Government Association as part of its annual Local Government Convention, held at Crown Perth this year.
 
One of the State’s longest ongoing art projects, this competition has evolved from a display of physical banners in the CBD area, to a digital screening at the Yagan Square 45-metre high tower screen.
 
WALGA Chief Executive Officer Nick Sloan said the artworks received this year illustrated the landscapes and stories of communities in each Local Government.
 
The winning artwork from a Shire of Esperance high school student portrays the community holding the town together, and leading the way for the Local Government.
 
“This is such a rare insight of seeing how the Esperance community views itself,” Mr Sloan said.
 
“It is a side of Esperance not commonly perceived – we reflect on the Shire being a beachside town, commonly portrayed by white sand and blue water. Instead, the high school artist interpreted this year’s Convention theme Leading the Way through a community message.
 
“The essence of the artwork goes beyond beaches and big pine trees – as the artist has emphasised that the town is made up of the community, depicted by the hands holding up the natural beauty in the artwork.”
 
The #shoWcAse in Pixels competition has categories open to primary and high schools, community groups and professional or digital artists.
 
Winners were announced at the 2021 WA Local Government Convention Gala Dinner, held at Optus Stadium on Monday, 20 September, with the artworks projected on the super screen.
 
The artworks will be displayed on the digital screen tower of Yagan Square at 12:00pm each day until Sunday, 26 September.

The winners of the 2021 shoWcAse in Pixels competition are:
  • Upper Primary School - Shire of Manjimup
  • Secondary School – Joint Winners: Shire of Bruce Rock and Shire of Esperance
  • Community Group/Amateur Artist – City of Wanneroo
  • Professional/Digital – City of Kwinana
  • OVERALL - Shire of Esperance
A high commendation was awarded to Shire of Mingenew in the upper primary category.
Scroll down to view the winning artworks.
 
The Gala Dinner also featured the launch of a book celebrating the sesquicentenary of Local Government, To Dwell in Unity.
 
The book, authored by Dr Chris Berry charts the history of the sector and its changing role, along with some significant characters and contributors to Local Government across the ages.
 
WALGA President Mayor Tracey Roberts congratulated Dr Berry on his publication, saying it was an important marker in the State’s history.
 
“I’m so pleased and proud to see the progress and development of our sector and our State as reflected in this publication, and thank Dr Berry for his hard work in bringing this about,” Mayor Roberts said.
 
The book was published with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and WALGA, with complimentary copies being provided to each Local Government and public library around the State.
 
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Overall Winner: Shire of Esperance
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Upper Primary School - Shire of Manjimup Secondary School – Joint Winners: Shire of Bruce Rock and Shire of Esperance (top)
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Community Group/Amateur Artist – City of Wanneroo Professional/Digital – City of Kwinana


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