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What is FIVE Derby?

FIVE Derby was a community arts and cultural development project that took place in 2014. It engaged the local community in a number of arts workshops and activities that culminated in an exhibition of works and a community celebration at the annual MarshART festival.

FIVE Geraldton was part of a the larger FIVE project, a two-year partnership with DADAA and Rio Tinto that took place in five Western Australian communities during 2013 and 2014, including Derby, Geraldton, Busselton, Paraburdoo and Esperance. The statewide project included whole communities, providing additional targeted projects for fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and residential workers, and members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.

FIVE aims to build awareness around issues of mental health through a community arts and cultural development approach. The project addresses key components of the Mental Health Commission's 2020 strategy for Western Australia.

Arts workshops to build a giant community sculpture in the shape of a lizard tail were a core part of FIVE Derby. Installation and performance artist Hiromi Tango facilitated a series of whole-of-community workshops in the lead-up to MarshART. These were open to everyone at no cost. During the workshops, participants created individual artworks, which were woven together to contribute to the growing sculptural work. The amazing result was a collective community installation containing stories and mini-artworks from hundreds of Derby residents.

Highly regarded digital artist Craig Walsh projected a series of community portraits around town, their large-format lighting up the magnificent trees of Derby. A single portrait from elder Lena Buckle offered her insights into what it meant to grow up in Derby, and was projected onto a large Boab during the festival.

During 2015, DADAA is working with the Shire of Derby and West Kimberley to hand over MarshART activities to local community organisations across the Kimberley.

For more information, email derby@five.org.au or call Chris on (08) 9430 6616.

Dadaa Principal partnerRio Tinto Arts partner Australia Council