Silo artworks put country towns on the cultural map

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The Newdegate grain silos.
Camera IconThe Newdegate grain silos. Credit: Picture: FORM

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.

Artwork will begin at the Newdegate silos in late May, followed by Pingrup in the coming months.

During the past three years, the trail has put country towns on the cultural map, bringing world-class murals to CBH Group grain silos, public walls and Western Power transformer boxes across the State, with silo artwork painted by artists Phlegm, HENSE, Amok Island, Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Yok & Sheryo.

As part of this trail, story-gathering and social documentary project Homegrown Stories has been capturing the evocative personal narratives and remarkable histories of the men and women growers, regional workers and local community champions in each of the towns on the trail.

These stories will be presented on completion of the trail, shining a light on the people who make these regional towns what they are.

FORM executive director Lynda Dorrington said the PUBLIC Silo Trail had created world-class cultural tourism assets that literally and symbolically connected WA’s agricultural trade routes across the State, linking Northam, Ravensthorpe, Merredin, Katanning and Albany.

“Culture and the arts have the capacity to enhance dynamism and create opportunities in regional WA,” Ms Dorrington said.

CBH Group general manager grower and external relations Brianna Peake said the PUBLIC Silo Trail had been incredibly successful in drawing attention to regional WA.

“These projects have received worldwide attention and have added another drawcard for tourists to visit regional WA,” she said.

Selection of artists for the large- scale commissions at Newdegate is in progress.

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