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MEDIA RELEASE | Thursday 6 October 2016

Collaborative art initiative to be launched in Bunbury


A NEW art initiative showcasing South West artists in a commercial setting will launch in Bunbury next week.


Freedom Bunbury will showcase three South West artists at their first Local Marketplace, an initiative designed to showcase and promote local arts and crafts, on Friday October 14.


“This is a great initiative, because it allows creative industry to work in tandem with a local business,” Director of The Art Label website Janine Stewart said.


“It’s also a great opportunity to see a range of South West artist’s artworks hand-selected to complement the new ranges of summer furniture for Freedom.”


Freedom Bunbury public relations manager Emma Nesbitt said she hoped the regular event would become a terrific canvas for local artists and creatives.


“If you are an artist or creative person keen to showcase your work at the Local Marketplace, please contact me at or 0406 056 926,” she said.


The Local Marketplace will showcase work from three local artists. Guests will be able to meet Cass Hughes of Alto Imagery and check out her unique brand of collaborative artwork involving print on plywood, discover the abstract works of Dunsborough resin artist Jazelle Lawrence, and check out the beautiful tapas boards produced by Dunsborough artist Sarmarie.


Freedom Bunbury will also introduce the next quarter’s beneficiaries of Community Matters recipients at the event. Each quarter, staff at the store choose three local charities or not-for-profit groups to support. The groups are promoted in store and on social media, and every time a customer makes a purchase, they are encouraged to create a ‘nice moment’ for their chosen group by dropping a token into the Community Matters box.


After three months, tokens are tallied and funds distributed accordingly to each group. Previous recipients have included the South West Autism Network, Hope Warriors and Waratah Support Centre.


The Meet the Artist exhibit and first collaboration will be held on October 14 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. It is open to the public, but tickets are capped at 200. Tickets are available via


Contact: Emma Nesbitt, Public Relations Manager.

M: 0406 056 926 E:


Janine Stewart