About First Contact
FORM worked on behalf of Western Australia’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) on the procurement and delivery of a major Noongar public artwork for Perth’s Elizabeth Quay development, Laurel Nannup’s First Contact. Designed as part of a Land.Mark.Art workshop delivered by FORM in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) in 2013, First Contact went through a process of design development throughout 2014 and 2015 including a number of workshops with FORM and specialist public art fabricators Urban Art Projects, in both Perth and Brisbane.
The final work was fabricated and installed in late 2015, with the site opened and the artwork officially unveiled in 2016.
FORM’s Public Art stream draws on research and strategic thinking in order to help facilitate creativity in our urban environment. Our team of architects, art consultants, curators, writers, and place strategists actively seek out projects that contribute meaningfully to the place where they are installed. Working collaboratively with artists, architects, fabricators, government, and the private sector allows FORM to offer a full service approach to public art commissions. Furthermore, our focus on stakeholder engagement, creative development and strategy, curation, design, fabrication, installation, and ongoing programming, allows us to actively encourage and assist first-time applicants, ensuring that art in Western Australia’s public spaces is as diverse as possible.