Para Hills Community Hub Seniors Centre
Title of Artwork: Para Hills Community Hub Garden Mural
Artists: Elizabeth Close and Thomas Readett
Commissioned by: City of Salisbury - World of Welbeing Project
Year of Completion: 2021
Located in the Para Hills Community Hub garden is an Aboriginal mural featuring local Senior Elder Frank Wanganeen and his grandson Joseph. The artwork was created by artists Elizabeth Close and Thomas Readett as part of the City of Salisbury’s World of Welbeing project to promote resilience, positive health and wellbeing post COVID-19.
Council engaged local partner Relationships Australia SA’s Community Projects Team to conduct workshops with Salisbury Primary School Year 7 students and SCILS FLO (Northern) Program Year 10 students, to identify what kept them strong during COVID-19 and what resilience strategies they used to help with their own health and wellbeing.
The students’ responses were then incorporated into their own artwork and reflected strong themes around the importance of family, community and culture. The artwork and general feedback was then provided to the artists who built the design of the mural around these themes and the students’ artwork.
The Para Hills Community Hub garden is open to the public for general viewing with gardening and outdoor programs available for children and adults.
This project is funded under the South Australian Government Statewide Wellbeing Strategy, led by Wellbeing SA.
View a time-lapse of the mural being painted: