Arts & Culture
In accordance with Council's priorities and the community's aspirations, an Arts & Culture Strategic Plan for the Shire of Manjimup was developed in 2013. The Plan seeks to investigate the true and rich multicultural heritage of our community.
The Shire's role in arts and culture is to support:
- Arts and cultural skills, knowledge and industry development opportunities;
- Festivals, celebrations and commemorative events, for enjoyment by both local residents and visitors;
- The preservation of local natural, Indigenous and culturally diverse heritage;
- Integrated urban planning and design, including streetscapes and public open space;
- Public art; and
- Community engagement in cultural planning.
The Shire of Manjimup aims to present a cultural performance annually. The event is open to the public, including people from outside the Shire. Tickets for these events must be pre-booked, either via trybooking.com or by contacting the Shire.
The aim of the cultural performance is to provide the community with an opportunity to attend a first class show of mainstream classical culture, at a local venue.
There are many other cultural performances held within the Shire of Manjimup which are organised by a variety of community groups and organisations. Check out the What's On page to find out when cultural events and festivals are held.
The Shire of Manjimup facilitates and supports commuity groups and local artists to develop and produce public art initiatives.
The Shire contributes to a number of public art projects through its community grants program, youth development program and via the initiatition of projects such as Heritage Connections.
In addition, each town has a streetscape committee, which contributes towards the development of local art to express the diversity of that community and suit the town or locality.
Some examples of recent public works of art that have emerged throughout the Shire are as follows.
|Brockman Street Mural, Manjimup
|Pemberton Art Wall, Pemberton
|Youth Art Project - Blythe Way, Manjimup
|Youth Art Project - AquaCentre, Manjimup
|Youth Art Project - AquaCentre, Manjimup
Sir Claude Hotchin collection
Sir Hotchin was born in South Australia in 1909 and moved to Perth in 1925 with his wife Marianne.
He always enjoyed visiting art galleries and gradually started to collect his own artwork which he displayed in his home, which soon became a place that friends and artists would visit and gather. In 1947 he established the 'Claude Hotchin Art Galleries' on Hay street in Perth, which was managed by his daughter Margaret.
The gallery operated for five years and during that time hosted over 76 exhibitions and displayed more than 3000 original pieces of work.
Between 1948 and 1977, Sir Hotchin donated an estimated number of 2000 paintings to approximately 14 public institutions throughout WA such as public art galleries, councils and most famously the Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia.
The Shire of Manjimup was gifted a number of artworks along with the Cities of Bunbury, Geraldton, Albany and Kalgoorlie, and the Shires of Katanning, Northam, Narrogin, Collie amongst others.
The Shire of Manjimup collection
The Shire's collection is part of the legacy that Sir Hotchin left the state and remains an important cultural asset of the Shire. The Shire presents and preserves the collection, which keeps these pieces in a generally sound condition.
The collection celebrates the important contribution of artists such as Howard Taylor, Helen Smith and Guy Grey-Smith, as well encourages and appreciates the important contribution that local professional and amateur artists make in our community.
The Shire allows various groups, such as the Pemberton Arts Group, to borrow pieces of the collection to display as a part of their exhibitions. By displaying these works, the Shire and the groups are honouring Sir Hotchin's original intention behind gifting the artwork - to provide regional people with exposure to some of the best visual arts practices that occurred in WA at the time. His wish was to encourage enjoyment and participation in the arts, support for visual artists and to raise the general level of cultural appreciation of the audience.