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ECU South West Creative showcase

We take tremendous pride in our students creative work. Below is a selection of various work from several disciplines:


The Rescue - The Soundwall Public Art Project

This exciting project is a collaboration between the City of Bunbury and the Edith Cowan University (ECU) South West Arts program.

Working under the mentorship of sculptor Alex Mickle, Visual Arts Honours students Tom Ansell, Rebecca Corps and Dan Kus, devised and created this steel sculpture entry statement at Koombana Drive in Bunbury.

The sculpture represents the rescue of sailors from the wreck of the Carbet Castle which sank in 1897 in Koombana Bay. The ship’s dog, Old Bob, swam to shore with a rope to enable rescue of the crew with a breeches buoy. Some argued he was not the hero of the day, but we should give ‘honour where honour is due’. Old Bob was shot by customs the next day and he remains a martyr in local legend.

This work, which spans over 60 metres, was produced in the studio at ECU's South West (Bunbury) Campus over 5 months in 2015.

Sarah Mills, Honours thesis

Sarah’s thesis is a collection of creative work entitled Painted People","sans-serif";">, and an exegesis or reflective essay, Seeing Things,","sans-serif";"> that contextualises this work and discusses its development. The creative work includes sketches,  drawings and paintings, which were exhibited at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in November 2014. The exegesis examines the method of seeing people as subjects and reflects on Sarah’s creative process She discusses different methods of seeing, in particular, Fry’s creative vision","sans-serif";">,  and how this links to the art works that she produced. Sarah’s thesis is available through the ECU library.

“I found that the more I understood creative vision, the more developmental my work became. These works have brought me further in my creative development, leaving me in a better knowledgeable and practical position to approach my next paintings." (Sarah Mills, 2014)

Dr Vahri McKenzie

The short story ‘Against the Grain’ was published in the inaugural issue of Gargouille, a printed, bi-annual literary journal of short stories, poetry, scripts, aesthetic essays, lost and found words. It was founded in 2014 by Melbourne-based poets Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell. Before finding publication the story was Commended in the Down South Writers Short Story  Competition 2012, and Highly Commended in the Margaret River Short Story Competition South West Writer’s Prize 2013, which shows that persistence pays off!

The Trouble with Flying

This short story collection, The trouble with flying, includes work by Arts student Rachelle Rechichi, whose short story won the South West Writers Prize in the 2014 Margaret River Short Story competition. Stories by Arts students Leslie Thiele and Leanne Browning were highly commended in the competition and their stories also feature in this collection.


  • Fire
    This 2013 anthology, Fire, is a selection of written and visual work that speaks to the theme of fire in many forms. The selected works include short stories by Arts program coordinator Dr Donna Mazza, current PhD student Aksel Dadswell and poetry by our Arts graduate Miranda Aitken.
  • Knitting and Other Stories
    This short story collection, Knitting and other stories, includes work by Arts program lecturer Dr Vahri McKenzie, whose short story won the South West Writers Prize in the 2013 Margaret River Short Story competition.
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