Celebrated West Australian artist and musician Brendon Darby returned to Fairbridge Festival in 2015 for the second consecutive year as visual artist-in-residence. He created another magnificent work redolent of music, community and the festival’s environment. His ambition of involving kids’ contributions to his piece worked beautifully.
“The idea of having the children involved in the creation of this painting (and music) was born last year, when I noticed how much fun the kids and indeed the families were having at the festival. The children seemed excited to be able to explore and express themselves in this wonderfully liberating environment.
“I asked them to paint anything they felt in their own dedicated space. They didn’t let me down and painted with such enthusiasm, I had trouble stopping them when we ran out of space.
“It has been mentioned by quite a few people, that the areas the children painted look like Totem poles. That is exactly what they are. A totem is a symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage or tribe.
“Thanks to those great kids and to their great parents for giving them encouragement, freedom and love.”
Here’s the video of how it all came together: Brendon Darby Fairbridge Festival 2015
Fairbridge Festival 2: the finished work
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Photography courtesy Leanne Casellas, Kieran Gibson, Craig Hyde and Tony McDonough
Here’s a reminder of Brendon’s wonderful achievement from previous year’s festival…
Videos courtesy Julie Kay-Darby