Past Present Future

BOOMDubbo Adnate Pearl Gibbs

Past. Present. Future.

The child of today takes her place in the world because of the vision, passion and advocacy of Aboriginal women like Aunty Pearl Gibbs.

Created by Melbourne-based artist, Adnate, this landmark work pays tribute to a woman who first drew public attention in defence of other Aboriginal people in the 1920s. Pearl Gibbs only stepped away from her activist platform with her death in 1983. She knew and worked with almost every major Aboriginal activist in 20th-century Australia.

“Will my appeal for practical humanity be in vain?” – Pearl Gibbs (quote on the wall)

Gibbs was secretary of the Aborigine Progressive Association (1942), vice president and then secretary of the Dubbo branch of the Australian Aborigines League (1946) and organising secretary of the Council of Aboriginal Rights (1953). She was the first and only female member of the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board (1954-57). In 1956 she founded the Aboriginal Australian Fellowship. Subsequently, she established the first Aboriginal hostel in Dubbo for those requiring hospital treatment. A passionate and fluent public speaker, Gibbs fuelled debate on Aboriginal politics, focusing on women’s issues and full citizen rights.

Dubbo-based artists Dylan Goolagong and Nathan Peckham worked with Adnate on the background and design elements of the work.

Commissioned through a BOOMDubbo partnership with Dubbo Regional Council’s Ignite program. Thanks to the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party for their advice and research.


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Urban Trees


URBAN TREES were created by Cardigan Threads Collective as the meeting place sculptures for the ROAR Music Festival site in Dubbo on 9 April 2016.

The three sculptures have the distinctive design style of the artist who constructed them using alupanel on steel frames; a change from his usual medium of recycled cardboard.

Urban Trees were gifted to the Western Plains Cultural Centre following the ROAR Music Festival, where they can be now seen outside the Community Arts Centre.


Commissioned by ROAR Music Festival


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BOOMDubbo Container


IMG_6472THE BOOMDUBBO CONTAINER was created by El Studio as the site office for the ROAR Music Festival. The container is available for community use by contacting BOOMDubbo.

Two distinct designs were developed for the artwork: the selfie-taking astronaut and the luchador (Mexican wrestler).

The astronaut was inspired by my son’s love of space and stars…The luchador is homage to my Canadian in-laws who love Mexico too much.

El Timelapse BoomDubbo container from El Studio on Vimeo.

Commissioned by Roar Festival Incorporated


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199 Macquarie Street

199 Macquarie Street is a vacant lot in the main street of Dubbo. While it awaits development, the temporary fencing facade is being used as the framework for a series of digitally designed artworks printed on site mesh, by local and visiting artists. Some of these works have accompanying motion activated soundtracks that trigger as you walk along the street.

July-October 2016: Nathan Peckham


This indigenous design by Dubbo artist, Nathan Peckham is another of the digitally printed artworks commissioned through BOOMDubbo for temporary fencing at the first ROAR Music Festival in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. Nathan also produced unique designs for the speaker stacks on the festival stages. It was installed at 199 Macquarie Street in July 2016.

Read more about Nathan’s mural collaboration with Lewis Burns at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

See the other designs commissioned for ROAR Music Festival

April – June 2016: El Studio’s ROAR Tiger

GIF of ROAR Tiger by El Studio & Gavin Williamson

ROAR TIGER by El Studio is a design commissioned through BOOMDubbo for the first ROAR Music Festival held in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. It was shown at 199 Macquarie Street in the lead up to the festival.

I wanted it to be a intricate and bold multi-layer vector design but I wasn’t happy with how they were coming together. So, I decided to strip it back to look like a concept sketch, to see how roughly it could be put together and still look like a stylish animal.
The final image is created with 50+ layers of vector watercolour brushes on a Wacom Pad – these things are magic.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST, EL STUDIO. The gif also includes the work of Gavin Williamson, another of the artists involved in designs for ROAR Music Festival.

August 2015 – March 2016: Fishdog’s Farting Cockatoos

Jack Randell Farting Cockatoos Macquarie Street Dubbo
Jack Randell, Farting Cockatoos, 2015, digitally printed site mesh with motion activated soundscape, next to the Milestone Hotel, Macquarie Street, Dubbo

FARTING COCKATOOS by Fishdog was the first digital mural designed for 199 Macquarie Street, which also included a motion activated soundscape. It is about reconciliation between environment and culture. The motifs are audacious, funny, common and accessible. However, the underlying theme is deeply serious – the accommodation of difference.

Commissioned by BPT


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Kate Leigh

Poncho Army BOOMDubbo mural
Poncho Army, Kate Leigh, 2015, spray painted mural, on the wall between The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and the Milestone Hotel, Dubbo

KATE LEIGH by Poncho Army is designed around one of her mug shots. Born in Dubbo in 1881, Leigh had a neglected childhood that saw her in a girls’ home at the age of 12. She was notorious in Sydney during the period of the 1920 razor gang wars, going on to become one of Sydney’s wealthiest women during the 1930s and 40s before dying in poverty in 1964 at the age of 83.

Commissioned by The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and BPT, this work is located at The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, 15 Bultje Street.

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