Celebrating our natural wonders and building links

Hans Heysen’s Droving into the Light. Photo credit: Art Gallery of Western Australia

The WA Parks Foundation looks to promote and celebrate our wonderful land and seascapes and create opportunities for getting out into nature.

Educational and cultural activities are included as important elements of helping people to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of our natural environment. This year’s photographic competition invites us all to celebrate our favourite landscapes, fauna and flora.

Pleasingly, in the area of culture, we are also developing links with the Art Gallery of Western Australia which houses the State’s finest public art collection, with over 18,000 works. The Gallery is helping us to link with visitors to the Gallery and promote Spring into Parks to a new audience.

“The support of the Gallery in this way is greatly appreciated,” said WA Parks Foundation Chair, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC CVO.

Detail from Bull ride by Aboriginal artist Mervyn Street. Photo credit: Art Gallery of Western Australia

The WA Art Gallery is currently featuring a major exhibition of works drawn from some of the jewels in the State Art Collection. Focusing on the juxtaposition of two significant works by Australian artists – Hans Heysen’s Droving into the Light and contemporary Kimberley Gooniyandi artist Mervyn Street’s Bull Ride – the exhibition spans 100 years.

The Heysen and Street paintings are accompanied by many other works from the collection to give context to the historical narratives of the time.

The exhibition closes on 26 March.

 Kuldjuk Boorongur. Wargyl (Rainbow Serpent) by Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Photo credit: F Smyth