Margaret River project aims to bring locals and visitors together | Augusta-Margaret River Courier

An old building in the heart of Margaret River has recently had a makeover thanks to the insight and efforts of a couple of young travelers.

Emerging artists and residents of La Colmena Hostel, Darcy Palladino and Mokai Parmenter conceived the idea of ​​creating a proposal for place activation and social engagement.

“Having recently moved to beautiful Margaret River, Mokai and I felt instinctively inspired to create our own sense of place,” Darcy explained.

A resident at the hostel since January of this year, she has been the driving force behind the project.

“As two emerging artists under the age of 25, we have used the generosity and guidance of Regional Arts WA and Arts Margaret River to enable us to generate new artwork and community-driven venue activation” , she said.

We hope this experience will bring locals and travelers together.

Darcy Palladino

“Targeting the backpacker community, of which we are both proud, at a time when recent rhetoric has led to an increased sense of ostracism from the wider WA community, Mokai and I are delighted to bring a series of workshops on design principles and wall painting.”

She said the couple were delighted when their application for a WA YCulture Regional Arts Grant under the auspices of Margaret River Arts was successful.

Improvements: With a successful Regional Arts Grant application, Mokai (left) and Darcy set to work bringing the old building back to life. Photo: Marie-Philippe

“At the end of this program, we aim to host a showcase at the hostel, where community members are invited to experience the capabilities of young artists and backpacker communities, including our ability to generate social cohesion and a sense of belonging,” she said. .

“The Old Doc’s Revival would not have been possible without the generous support of Arts Margaret River and the wider community. We are delighted to welcome you to our home, just as the community of Margaret River welcomed us.”

The project aims to bring together the local community and backpackers living in the city.  Photo: Marie-Philippe

The project aims to bring together the local community and backpackers living in the city. Photo: Marie-Philippe

Michelle Wright, chief executive of Arts Margaret River, said the organization was delighted to sponsor the grant.

“This is a wonderful project and we are sure it will create a sense of connection and pride in all participants and hostel residents,” said Ms. Wright. “We hope the community will embrace the project and show their support. We can’t wait to see the mural finished and look forward to the Revival Showcase.”

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