What is FIVE Esperance?
FIVE Esperance was a community arts and cultural development project that took place during 2014 on farming properties in the Esperance region.
FIVE Esperance was part of the larger FIVE project, a two-year partnership with DADAA and Rio Tinto that worked in five Western Australian communities during 2013 and 2014, including Esperance, Busselton, Paraburdoo, Geraldton and Derby. In addition to running whole-of-community projects, FIVE engaged both FIFO and residential workers and their families, as well as members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.
FIVE aims to build awareness around issues of mental health through a series of arts projects that address both individual and community resilience and wellbeing. FIVE brings people within a community together through participatory arts projects, promoting social connection and social capital. The project addresses key components of the Mental Health Commission's 2020 strategy for Western Australia.
In Esperance, multi-artform artist Trevor Flinn, during residencies on individual farms, created a series of site-specific sculptural works that engage farming families. Trevor's enthusiasm and the creation of unusual art works on land that families have known for years, often decades, facilitated new ways of seeing the land and their home. On each farm, Trevor's work culminated in an evening of celebration around the theme and presence of fire, which functioned both as part of the sculptural work and as a place for neighbouring farming families and the immediate community to gather.
To follow Trevor during of his residencies, read his blog here.