Pilbara Aboriginal art front and centre of Shire

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Martumilli artist Corban Clause Williams with his artwork ready to be hung in the gallery.
Camera IconMartumilli artist Corban Clause Williams with his artwork ready to be hung in the gallery. Credit: North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

The Shire of East Pilbara has incorporated Aboriginal artwork into its brand as part of a creative initiative highlighting the region’s culture.

Six Shire logos have been released as part of the initiative featuring artwork by Martumilli creatives Bugai Whyoulter, Corban Clause Williams, Cyril Whyoulter, Marianne Burton, Ngmaru Bidu and Pauline Williams. Dubbed Brand Evolution, the project aims to celebrate the region’s Aboriginal art scene.

Brand Evolution includes licensed sections from six of the artworks selected because they represented the colours and topography of the region.

Paintings also showcase the history of the Martu people, reflecting stories of the artists’ families and ancestors across the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson deserts and Karlamilyi areas of WA.

Williams said he was proud to be involved in the project.

“The Shire’s gonna use this painting on their signs — change the old way for this new way, so the whole community can see these paintings and feel proud. I feel proud. Palya. (good),” he said.

Shire of East Pilbara president Anthony Middleton said he was excited to launch the program.

“We evolved our logos to include icons and modified our standard minimum font size as part of the Shire’s Access and Inclusion Plan, striving to create accessible and inclusive communications,” he said.

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