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WA artists make light of State archives

04 May 2012

Diverse images from the Western Australian archives will light up buildings in the Perth Cultural Centre over the next few weeks following support from the State Government.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the installation by Perth-based artists Sohan Hayes and Benjamin Forster would provide the public with a rare opportunity to see some of the State’s archives as projections.

“This public art installation, WA 1828-1988: A Luminary Series of Records Played in Parallel, marks the first time the State archives, from the State Records Office of Western Australia (SRO), have been opened up for interpretation by artists,” Mr Day said.

“The archival images, which will be displayed on the Perth Cultural Centre’s LED screen and on building facades, including the Art Gallery of WA, will focus on the political, social and economic life of WA.”

The Minister said the artists spent four weeks at SRO accessing the State archives to develop their artwork.

“The work by Sohan Hayes and Benjamin Forster is part of a non-permanent public art program which has been running in the Perth Cultural Centre for 12 months and has been professionally curated by acclaimed WA artist Consuelo Cavaniglia,” he said.

Mr Day said other works in recent months had included light installations by Nathan Coley of Scotland and Jonathan Jones of Sydney, and a sound and light installation by Thea Costantino in collaboration with Tim Canniffe of Perth.

“The Perth Cultural Centre is fast cementing its reputation as a premier events space and favourite destination for Perth and this public art program is adding an unexpected element to the area giving visitors the opportunity to engage with a new public art work each month,” he said.

The non-permanent public art program for the Perth Cultural Centre is a partnership between the Dept of Culture and the Arts and the MRA