Welcome to theEVOLVE NETWORK

Welcome to Evolve Network! You will be able to access here all learning information and resources, information about capacity building programs, and public art opportunities. 

Evolve: Public Artists Development Program will be launched in May 2021 in the Pilbara in partnership with Element (consulting agency delivering complex, unprecedented place making and arts projects across WA for 30+ years) and established public art facilitators, Paula Hart, Leanne Bray and Jahne Rees. Immediate program reach is to artists in Karratha, Newman, and Hedland, and invitations to smaller towns and communities.  

The program will introduce public art, everything you must know about, needs/constraints, in a pandemic/post- pandemic environment, arts law, responding to EOI, working on brief, contracts, memberships and networking opportunities, insurance requirements, maintenance schedule, artwork lifespan etc. In some locations participants will be working on actual public art briefs negotiated by the Junction Co. with Local Governments, industry and developers.

Evolve Pilbara

2021 Program

Evolve is a complex, hands on capacity building program for artists and creatives willing to further their practice in the public art realm. During the program you will learn everything about Public Art and work on brief with experienced artist facilitator.

Evolve 2021 schedule:

  • Online introduction to public art release on Evolve Network page – mid May 2021 
  • Online Q&A with element – Monday, 14 June 2021, 4pm-6pm
  • Karratha 2 h curriculum recap with element and community engagement session with artist open to general public – 17 June 2021
  • Karratha workshop with Paula Hart – 18-20 June 2021, Red Earth Art Precinct (3 full days)
  • Port Hedland 2 h curriculum recap with element and community engagement session with artist open to general public – 22 July 2021
  • Port Hedland workshop with Leanne Bray – 23-25 July 2021, Courthouse Gallery+Studio
  • Newman 2 h curriculum recap with element and community engagement session with artist for general public – 20 August 2021
  • Newman workshop with Jahne Rees – 21-23 August 2021, venue TBC
  • ongoing public art network 
  • access to public art resources and personal development opportunities 


Online "Introduction to Public Art" program

from mid May

Download Development Program

2 hours Q&A session with element

14 June 2021 4pm-6pm


Public art network and regional public artists database


17 june to 20 june 2021


  • 2 hr recap of curriculum with element
  • 2 hr community engagement session with artist open to public
  • 3 days hands on workshop with artist facilitator, Paula Hart, working on public art brief
Bringing outstanding industry professionals

Evolve 2021 facilitators

We are excited to bring amazing Public Art experts with years of experience in delivering large and complex projects in metro and regional Australia.


Element is a multidisciplinary team offering statutory and strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, heritage services, urban design, place making, public art management and cultural consulting.
They have shaped Western Australia for over 30 years, navigating and bringing complex projects to life by seamlessly blending creative and technical knowhow. Element have delivered multiple Arts and Public Art strategies, public art commissions and consultations.

Kate Parker - Associate Arts & Culture

Kate is an accomplished cultural strategist, project manager and photographer who works at the forefront of place creation and activation. Her qualifications in architecture combined with a background in writing for coveted design publications led to work with not-for-profit arts organisation FORM where she delivered lauded projects such as the revitalisation and management of Claremont’s Goods Shed. Her work draws on 10 years’ experience in the cultural sector, ranging from programming and place activation, developing cultural strategies and advising on cultural infrastructure, to delivering public art strategies and commissions, working alongside some of the country’s most significant contemporary artists.

Consultant - Arts & Culture

Tegan Patrucco

Tegan joins element with eight years experience in the arts industry, including as Arts Officer at City of Vincent and Development Officer at not-for-profit organisation Regional Arts WA. She brings a strong understanding of the multi-faceted WA arts sector and the value of cultural strategy and planning.

Artists facilitator

Paula Hart

Paula occupies a unique position in the Western Australian arts community. She is an independent visual artist who has diversified her working life in several clear directions whilst maintaining a visual arts practice of the highest calibre. Embracing public artworks, the arts & education sector and festival arts, she works with a driving commitment to create art employing processes of community participation, cultural mapping and identity. Paula is extremely well traveled and her eclectic artistic practice is born of an internationalist perspective. Always, she engages with these areas at an elite professional level with great dedication, intelligence, passion and good humour.

Major projects: The Journey; Six Seasons; JACARANDA Mount Pleasant Woolworths Lacefence; Dedots Canopy

Artists facilitator

Leanne Bray

Living a rich and full life on two diverse continents has afforded Leanne the opportunity to be inspired on multiple levels and draw from a rich mine of cultural experience. For over 35 years she has worked full time as an art professional. Using her original strengths as a Graphic Designer and illustrator, Leanne has drawn on the combination of strong technical background and sound conceptual development and combined it with the management skills that she has been developing over the last twenty years. This has allowed her the flexibility, passion and professionalism that lends itself to a wide range of artistic adventures.

Major projects: Midland Sale Yard 3D and Integrated; Southern River Primary School 3D and Integrated; Paradiso Apartments Como; Percy Cullen Pavilion-City of Swan; Noranda Shopping Centre-Hawaiian; Karratha Health Campus internal large scale artwork; Emmanuel Catholic College; City of Perth-Mclean Laneway; Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre; Mandoon Estate; Karratha Leisure Complex

Artists facilitator

Jahne Rees

Jahne Rees is a sculptor with an ongoing interest in creating artworks that reinforce the human connection to the natural environment, and the interconnectedness of all things. He creates large scale, free-standing abstract artworks, designed for the public realm. He works predominantly with polished concrete, often combined with other elements such as steel or aluminium to create organic forms that speak of duality, contrast, symmetry and balance. The works are always site specific and often include some integration with the landscape or built environment. Many of these artworks are large enough to command a striking presence from a distance, as well as present more detailed surface embellishment on closer inspection. Texture and tactile qualities are equally as important as the overall singularity of design. Techniques such as sandblasting, exposed aggregate, etching, chiselled and machine-cut textures, mosaics and colourful terrazzo or brass inserts often feature in the work to develop extra layers of meaning and interpretation.

Major projects: Caversham Valley Primary School; Port Hedland entry statement; Kalbarri District High School; Hilarys Boat Harbour; Brighton Plaza; Coogee Heritage Marker project.