Western Sydney HarbourThe New Sydney Waterfront Company

Major Public Art Sculpture - Whale Tales

Artists Blak Douglas, Sha'an D'Anthes and Chris Yee with Indigenous Curatorial Advisors Aunty Joanne Selfe and Uncle Graham Toomey, and Art Pharmacy curators Margaux Ducerisier, Brunella Muddle and Claire Wastell.

Location

Western Sydney Harbour

Client

The New Sydney Waterfront Company

Date

20.07.22

Country

Australia

Watch this space - this page will be regularly updated with more content about this project as it unfolds!

About the Project

A spectacular outdoor exhibition of 30 two-metre-high whale tail sculptures is expected to attract up to half a million visitors to experience Sydney’s Western Harbour between August 11 and September 24.

Presented as a 6km harbourside trail, the sculptures will be individually created by a diverse collective of artists, including Archibald prize winner Blak Douglas, illustrator and animator Chris Yee, and artist, author and illustrator, Sha'an d'Anthes aka Furry Little Peach.

The trail, which can be completed in one go, as mini-trails across several sub-precincts or via multiple visits over the six-week period, is fully accessible for all ages and abilities and is wheelchair and pram friendly. It links Barangaroo to Cockle Bay, past Crown Sydney, King Street Wharf, Darling Quarter, ICC Sydney around to the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, The Star and the Sydney Fish Market.

As well as enjoying the spectacular free artworks and locations, visitors will be encouraged to access tales of the waterfront, past, present, and future via a dedicated app. By entering the code on each tail into the app, they can also unlock rewards from local businesses including free offers, discounts and prizes, with a major prize also up for grabs for completing all 30 tails.

Indigenous Curatorial Advisors Uncle Graham Toomey and Aunty Joanne Selfe have helped to connect the artists – and through them the visitors – to the Whale Story and to the Gadigal and Saltwater Country on which the exhibition will be presented.

A First Look at Some of the Artists

Indigenous Curatorial Advisors Auntie Joanne Selfe and Uncle Graham Toomey

Winner of the 2022 Archibald Prize, Blak Douglas

Artist, author and illustrator Sha'an D'Anthes a.k.a. Furry Little Peach

Illustrator and Animator Chris Yee

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Some Studio Visits we went on to see the artists' works in progress

Armenian-Australian artist Christine Yahya a.k.a. Pink Bits painting her Whale Tale.

Dunghutti, Birripi and Gamilaroy artist Nioka Rain painting her Whale Tale.

Koori artist and winner of the 2022 Archibald Prize, Blak Douglas, taping his Whale Tale.

The students at TAFE NSW Eora painting their Whale Tale.

Inside the studio of Christine Yahya, a.k.a. Pink Bits.

Dunghutti and Birripi woman Wanita Lowe with her daughter Nioka Rain painting their Whale Tale.

Armenian-Australian artist Christine Yahya a.k.a. Pink Bits painting her Whale Tale.

Wiradjuri woman Peta Joy painting part of TAFE NSW Eora's Whale Tale.

Armenian-Australian artist Christine Yahya a.k.a. Pink Bits' Whale Tale.

Koori artist and winner of the 2022 Archibald Prize, Blak Douglas, taping his Whale Tale.

Dunghutti, Birripi and Gamilaroy artist Nioka Rain painting her Whale Tale.

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Official Site

See the Official Website for Waterfront Whale Tales here!

Waterfront Whale Tales launches on Thursday, 11th of August. Following that, we have a packed program of activities such as art trails, a colouring competition and meeting the artists! Stay tuned for updates.

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