Grand reveal of city’s new entry statements – A welcome sign for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at 3:25:51 PM

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has unveiled a new entry statement today which will be installed at the three entry points to the city.

The new design features the artwork of First Nations artist Ms Regina Donaldson, who was commissioned by the City to complete the design for these installations.

The City in partnership with ArtGold, sought expressions of interest from local First Nations artists to make submissions for the project, leading to the selection of Ms Donaldson’s artwork.

The entry statement design features Ms Donaldson’s ‘Silky Pear’ concept in the lower section of the sign, with graphics of a mining dump truck and a gold panner in another section.

Mayor John Bowler says the new entry statement showcases the city’s distinctive natural environment of the Great Western Woodlands, kangaroos, and birds.

“The statement showcases a few of the most prominent symbols of our unique city and works to provide a sense of community and connection to country.”

“I would like to congratulate Ms Donaldson on her submission and for her dedication to this project.”

“The entry statement designs were due for an update and also formed part of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-23 outcomes.”

“These welcoming entrance art installations will promote the positive features of the city; encouraging visitors to stop and enjoy some time exploring what the city has to offer.”

Ms Donaldson says she feels honoured her artwork was selected for the entry statement and will welcome people arriving into Kalgoorlie-Boulder on behalf of her ancestors, whilst sharing the stories of the local area.

The Entry Statements will be placed near the Menzies, Coolgardie, and Kambalda entrances to the City.

About the artist

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Ms Regina Donaldson

Regina is a direct descendant of the Traditional owners & custodians of the area, including Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

She is the custodian of several Dreamtime stories in the Kalgoorlie Boulder area from her grandmother and ancestors, including the Karlkurla Dreaming story of how the Karlkurla (Silky Pear) was created.

Regina’s art has been selected in several projects and events as a traditional custodian and talented artist in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, including:

NAIDOC 2021 artist at the Vic Park Arts Centre representing the Goldfields Kalgoorlie Hospital – street billboard, floor and wall art, and sculptures.

Acknowledgment of country artwork for welcome plaques at Wizard pharmacies in Kalgoorlie -Boulder

Mystery Road Origin – two artworks in the scenes of the TV series.

She has undertaken many workshops and painting programs at Schools, CAPS, YMCA, and organisations, including CKB Reconciliation workshops for city staff, seniors, and youth.

Regina has been honoured to paint an entry statement to welcome people to Kalgoorlie-Boulder on behalf of her ancestors and share the stories of the local area.


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