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Katie West commissioned to create artwork for Innovate RAP

As we prepare for our next Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to be launched in 2024, we are excited to be proceeding from a Reflect RAP to an Innovate RAP and an important part of this process is the commission of an artwork by a First Nations artist. 

To create the artwork for our Innovate RAP, we are delighted to have Katie West undertaking a six-week residency at Architectus, based out of our Perth studio.

Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong country, working in installation, textiles, and social practice, with the process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpinning her work. Katie creates installations, textile pieces and happenings that invite attention to the many ways we weave our stories, places, histories, and futures. 

Throughout the residency, Katie will lead the creation of the artwork, but it will be a collective-effort in collaboration with the entire Architectus team.

The residency will culminate in a group piece, made by hand over whole-hearted conversations grounded in the knowledge of First Nations peoples. The work intends to reflect the spirit of our innovate RAP and the threads that guide the work of Architectus – People, Place, Purpose, Planet and Production.

Katie will be in residence from 28 April for six weeks as we work toward the launch of our Innovate RAP in 2024.

Read more about the current Architectus Reflect RAP here.

Katie West. Photo by Sundae Studio, courtesy of FORM

Portrait of First Nations artist Katie West

We hold you close by Katie West. Image by Bo Wong.

We hold you close, artwork by Katie West.

From left: Principal and Perth Studio Leader Mark Black, artist Katie West, Senior Architect Eleni Gogos and Graduate Leah Crabb.