Building on 6 years of delivering Place Names around South Western Australia with Moodjar Consultancy, Community Arts Network is excited to continue this work in Melville with strong collaboration and initiation from the City of Melville.A shared vision for the project has been created which acknowledges and brings together all parties in this unique partnership.
Workshops began online in March 2022 to support participants to stay engaged through COVID. Face to face workshops are currently underway with lead facilitators Whadjuk Nyungar Elders Len Collard from Moodjar Consultancy and Geri Hayden working alongside artists Natalie Scholtz and Sandy McKendrick. The Place Names team are working towards a celebration in the second half of the year.
Truth telling and healing, through deep engagement with Noongar kaartdijin bidi (knowledge trail), to decode, express and celebrate the ancient Noongar place names in Melville with the community.
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Pip Kelly is a film-maker and creative producer from Perth, Western Australia. She has an academic background in Socio-cultural studies and Film Directing and professional experience in arts management, museums and galleries, community engagement, community cultural development and arts festivals.
Guided by her passion for storytelling, Pip has worked closely with communities in Australia and Cambodia, exploring themes of identity, belonging, memory, truth-telling, cultural practices, cultural objects, and contemporary art.
Pip's films have screened on Stan, ABC and SBS, at international festivals and have won Australian film awards.
She recently started with CAN as the Project Coordinator for Place Names which is a Noongar led language and creative art project reinvigorating cultural knowledge and understanding of significant Noongar places throughout the South West of Australia.
Pip loves to connect with nature and all the beautiful beaches that run along the Great Southern Region of WA.
Moodjar Consultancy Director
Len Collard is a Whadjuk Nyungar Traditional Owner of the Perth metropolitan area and Professor at School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia. Len’s ground breaking theoretical work and research around decoding Noongar Place Names of the Southwest of Australia has put Nyungar Cultural research on the local, national and international stages.
With a background in literature and communications, Len’s research has allowed the broadening of the understanding of the many unique characteristics of Australian Aboriginal people and contributes to the appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Southwest Australia.
Geri has worked with both Aboriginal community organisations, non-government organisations and government bodies. As the former chairperson of the Southern Aboriginal Corporation she gained experience working in Noongar communities to implement social justice and wellbeing projects. She worked as a project officer with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council for several years and has been a part of the South West Native Title Settlement, the largest native title settlement in Australian history, which will affect an estimated 30,000 Noongar People 200,000 square kilometres in South West WA.
Natalie Scholtz is an African Persian British Australian visual artist. She is inspired by creative conversations around the relationship of self and society, action and response, culture, arts and change.
Natalie has had the pleasure of being part of CAN’s Place Names over the past 5 years, connecting with local Noongar Elders, community and a range of learning and talent from Langford, Albany, Katanning and now Fremantle.
Sandy is an arts practitioner who works across performance, puppetry and multimedia. She runs Sandpiper Productions, a company creating hybrid art collaborations and performances locally and nationally. She has been an artist in residence in Zambia, South Korea, Cocos and Christmas Island. She is driven by a passion to give voice to the unheard.
Sandy was involved in CAN’s Place Names Moora project, working with local Elders and community members to explore their stories, experiences and languages of Moora and surrounding areas.