Supporting local art and the Jabiru community
24 November 2016
Earlier this year, ERA’s Community Partnership Fund approved a request for a grant from the Jabiru Fire Station for a mural to be painted on the external wall of the station.
The aim of the ERA Community Partnership Fund is to contribute to the development of a healthy and positive community in the Alligator Rivers region.
Local Fire Service members felt that by improving the outward appearance of the building, members of the local community would feel connected to the station and those who work there, and consider joining as volunteers.
Mick Hutton, who was Officer In Charge of the Jabiru Fire Station at the time, also kindly donated towards the project and oversaw it to fruition.
Local artist, Tim Djandjomerr, was engaged to design and paint the unique artwork which depicts the animals found in the river and on the riverbanks, that are a traditional food source. They include barramundi, snakes, saratoga and long neck turtle and the man and woman carrying a sugarbag of honey.
Born in 1967, Tim Djandjomerr has been painting since 1991 and was taught to paint by senior artist Joshua Bangarr, his brother-in-law. He belongs to the Bolmo clan and his traditional country is Marlgawo community in West Arnhemland.