Calling Artists!

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Artists at the Helm

We are calling out for artists who would like to be part of this exciting project!

Helms Block forms part of our state forest and is near Jalbarragup in the South West. It is home to a vast array of flora and fauna including old growth forest and the endangered Baudin’s, Carnaby’s (white-tailed), and Naso (red-tailed) black cockatoos. However, this habitat (their habitat) is under threat from logging.

With legislation now making it increasingly difficult for traditional forms of protest, it is time to get smart, and go with art! Hence, we propose to put artists at the helm of environmental conversations on Helms Block.

“Artists at the Helm” is an arts project aimed at drawing attention to the proposed logging of the Helms Block forest. The project will take place during December 2014 and January 2015, both in the forest and the studio with an exhibition to follow at Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries in early 2015.


This project is open to all artforms including, but not limited to:

  • Visual Art
  • Performance Art
  • Writing
  • Audio/Sound Art
  • Dance
  • Site Specific Installations

Jamarri Black Cockatoo Sanctuary

The Jamarri Black Cockatoo Sanctuary borders the Helms Block forest. Run by David and Dee Patterson, it provides a safe haven for endangered black cockatoos including an extensive rehabilitation aviary for sick and injured birds. David and Dee have kindly offered their expertise of the area and their facilities at Jamarri to make this project a reality!

Artist Stay at Helms Block

Artists are invited to stay on Helms Block for a period of 1 – 3 days for a micro-residency. During their stay, they can research/plan/create/document work to be exhibited at BRAG in 2015.

Artists can stay in the state forest or at Jamarri. Both locations provide easy access to the forest with facilities available at Jamarri Cockatoo Sanctuary (a gold coin donation to go towards the sanctuary would be appreciated).

The facilities available at Jammari are:

  • Camping
  • Caravan with 2 single beds and shed/room with bed
  • Internet
  • Bathroom with toilet, bath and shower
  • Kitchen with microwave, electric frying pan and fridge
  • Water

Artists are responsible for their own:

  • Food
  • Bedding
  • Gas bottle (if you want to use the BBQ)
  • Rubbish (please take it with you to dispose of correctly)

Artists’ Excursion

We are planning a day excursion to the Sheoak forest on Helms Block. This will be a great way to get a feel for the environment and meet the other artists involved in the project. The road is rough and in parts rocky but passable.

Date: 6 Dec 2014

Meeting time: either at Capel at 9 am to carpool, or at 10:30 closer to Helms Block (exact locations TBA).

We will be leaving Helms Block at 3pm to return to town.

What to bring:

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Walking shoes
  • Long trousers
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Art materials
  • Sketch book
  • Cameras
  • Anything that you want to make art with!

Important Information

Pets: No pets are allowed, as they disturb the cockatoos and Kangaroos.

Dieback prevention: Dieback is a fungal infection that is harmful to many species of trees. It is spread on the soles of your shoes so it is important to clean them with mentholated spirits before entering the forest. We will provide all participating artists with a dieback prevention kit and show you how to use it.

Get involved!

If you would like to be involved with this project please email

This project is managed by artist Helen Seiver in partnership with Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and Jamarri Black Cockatoo Sanctuary.



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