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Galleries in Farmstay Country


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Miniature Solider Museum

This amazing collection of over 10,000 handmade pieces are displayed in stills of great wars. See soldiers at war in jungles, deserts and the six metre long display of the 1953 Coronation of the Queen

  • Open Days/times:Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Galleries:Sculpture

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  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The toy solider collection was previously owned by Alex Smith who amassed the 10,000 toy soldiers over 60 years in displays depicting battles fought over hundreds of years. Also on display is a ball dress which was worn to the ball the night before the Battle of Waterloo.

There is also a section devoted to the Rabbit Proof Fence, showing its history in photographs and also telling the story of Norm Froome, who worked on the fence construction.

Katanning Street Art

In November 2017, WA artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens, plus Karim Jabbari from Tunisia descended on the Wheatbelt town of Katanning, located 277km southeast of Perth.

  • Represented Artists:Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon, Darren Hutchens and Karim Jabbari

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  • Public Art:Street Art

Description

In November 2017, Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens, plus Karim Jabbari from Tunisia descended on the Wheatbelt town of Katanning, 

Driving into town, the artwork changes my whole feeling for Katanning
resident.

Their mission: to transform Western Power electrical transformer boxes at the four Katanning schools, and paint large scale murals on walls throughout town.

Seven days, five murals and seven transformer boxes later, plus a series of youth workshops, the job was done. The colour and variety of the styles show how even the humblest wall or object can be transformed by art.

"Rural towns often miss out and to have such recognised artists making the town look better is just brilliant. It has been great hearing people talk about it and see people taking photos. My children think it is pretty fabulous too!" - Broome Hill resident

Merredin Silo Art

Western Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers created PUBLIC Art in Merredin’s 35-metre high grain silo mural at Merredin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.

  • Represented Artists:Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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  • Public Art:Silo Art

Description

Entailing 200 litres of paint, 14 days, 168 hours, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes, the artwork which was created in August 2017, is the third installment in the PUBLIC Silo Trail.

Creating the artwork was a labor of love, requiring the artist to work around the clock atop boom lifts across the facade of four individual silos at Merredin wheat storage and transfer depot. “I took on the Merredin silos to contribute something to the Western Australian landscape and the State I grew up in,” Hughes-Odgers said. “This was an amazing opportunity to work at a gigantic scale.”

Newdegate Silo Art

Grain silos in Newdegate and Pingrup will become the final mural sites in FORM and CBH’s PUBLIC Silo Trail, an outdoor art gallery drawing visitors to regional WA.

  • Represented Artists:Brenton See

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  • Public Art:Silo Art

Description

Pingrup Silo Art

Miami artist Evoca1’s 25 metre high artwork, painted on giant grain storage silos in the Great Southern farming town of Pingrup is a tip of the hat to WA’s tenacious, resourceful farming communities.

  • Represented Artists:Evoca1

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  • Public Art:Silo Art

Description

A scene drawing threads from the fabric of everyday life in Pingrup, Evoca1’s figurative depictions of the town’s iconic Pingrup races, its Merino sheep, its people, cattle dogs and even a tractor based precisely on one found on the main street of town, all tell a story about the character of the community.

Evoca1 for the PUBLIC Silo Trail, Pingrup, 2018. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor
The artist took 15 days and 230 litres of paint to create the mural, which entailed a series of artworks on three individual silos, each 25 metres high and 15 metres wide. Working with rollers and brushes atop a boom lift from dawn to dusk, Evoca1 battled high winds and several days of rain.

“Creating an artwork for a community that reflects that community, so that they really connect with the artwork is really rewarding for me,” Evoca1 said.

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