Local ArtistRubeun Yorkshire
Emerging Noongar Aboriginal artist Rubeun Yorkshire was commissioned to design a 2-dimensional artwork in a style reflective of the Wadjak Noongar.
Rubeun, a proud Noongar man, grew up in Balga, attended Balga Senior High School and benefited from youth services offered by Whitelion. His connection to Balga runs deep with many fond childhood memories of going to the skate park with friends and frequenting the old Balga pools.
Rubeun stated, “Balga will always mean a lot to me, and if it weren’t for that place, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
He is a visual artist, actor, clothing designer, storyteller, writer and educator. His Aboriginal Theatre training at WAAPA, launched his acting career into the ABC drama series, The Heights.
Rubeun continues to share his knowledge of culture, identity, truth telling and Indigenous history through large scale aerosol mural painting, writing for the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Yirra Yaakin.
Most recently, Rubeun has joined a strong team of Indigenous educators at Balga Senior High School where he works as an AIEO, furthering the understanding of Indigenous culture in his local community.
Ngalang Balga Boodjarak (Our Balga Country)
This artwork represents Togetherness in Balga under the canopy of the large tree. The tree represents protection and unity for the community whilst also emphasising the need for our community to look after and protect our land, our Mother.
The lines are of special significance to Noongar people and represent inclusion, diversity and cohesion throughout the Noongar gathering place. They reflect the histories and continuing shared journey of people from all walks of life and their connections to Balga. The symbols of people sitting down and talking to one another in the meeting place where all lines converge, was once the place of our ancestors where they shared their dreaming stories.