Exciting Indigenous art project part of new Mentone Life Saving Club

Published on 28 June 2022

Aerial view of Mentone Surf Life Saving Club looking out towards the beach

An Indigenous public art piece will be a feature of the new Mentone Life Saving Club.

Kingston Council is excited to announce that artists Aunty Kim Wandin and Amanda Wright have been chosen to collaborate and deliver this custom piece that will be integrated into the surrounds of the life saving club and precinct, which is under construction. Curator Christine Joy and public art specialist James Voller are also set to play key roles.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said public consultation in 2020 found that Indigenous cultural heritage was one of the artistic themes the community wanted featured along the Bay Trail.

“It’s extremely exciting that we are able see this coming to fruition as part of such an important and worthwhile project,” Cr Staikos said.

“This will be stand-out piece and a focal point of attraction along Kingston’s Bay Trail.”

The installation is being proudly supported by the City of Kingston, with funding also coming from the Victorian Government. Aunty Kim Wandin is a Wurundjeri Woirurrung woman living in Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Kim is a basket and eel trap maker, collecting reeds and other fibre plants on Country. Kim has worked as a consultant and cultural educator, exhibited her work across arts organisations and her art has been acquired by private and state collections.

Palawa artist, Amanda Wright, has lived in Boronia for 34 years and contributed to the artistic fabric of the Yarra Ranges community through many arts-based projects. Amanda has worked on several Indigenous murals at schools, where she has collaborated with students and teachers to produce artwork to create connections with the environment and Indigenous culture.

The Mentone Life Saving Club project is joint funded, between the City of Kingston, Victorian Government, Australian Government, and the club.

Como Ward Councillor, Chris Hill, highlighted the benefits of the project to the community.

“We are delighted to be creating a fully-accessible building which will meet the future needs of local life savers and other community groups, which complements its stunning foreshore location,” Cr Hill said.

Works at the Mentone Life Saving Club are scheduled for completion later this year.

Visit Kingston Arts to learn more about this exciting collaboration - the artists, the installation and the story behind the sculpture.

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