Perth Scorchers: Aboriginal art auction now live

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The Perth Scorchers Aboriginal Art Auction is now live featuring bespoke Aboriginal bat artworks and player-signed Aboriginal playing shirts from KFC Big Bash League and Weber Women’s Big Bash League.

Three Aboriginal artists were commissioned to create one-of-a-kind bat artworks which have all been signed by the playing eleven from the Scorchers BBL|13 Aboriginal Match.

Sheree Martell is a proud Aboriginal woman living in Perth. Her ancestors originate from Jaru country in the Kimberley region of WA.Her piece represents the Nyoongar Whadjuk Boodja land, home of the Perth Scorchers, and the coming together of the team and players, the opposition, the Members, and the wider community.

Deborah Bonar is a professional, award-winning contemporary Aboriginal artist and art workshop facilitator. Her artwork will be completed live at the Aboriginal Match and Scorchers players will assist in placing dots on the bat.

Laurence Collard is a Nyoongar man who hails from Katanning and starting painting as a way to heal his heart after losing his two-year-old daughter to cancer. His piece is entitled We Walk Stronger Together and tells the story of Perth Scorchers fans coming together as one regardless of background or culture and walking alongside the Swan River to Optus Stadium.

All Scorchers BBL|13 and WBBL|09 squad members have signed their Aboriginal playing shirts which were designed by Nyoongar artist Linda Loo who is self-taught and has connections to the Ballardong and Whadjuk clans.

At the centre of the design is a swan representing the Boorloo (Perth) area, surrounded by lines and circles demonstrating the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) and lakes in the region.

The swan is surrounded by u-shapes, which represent players gathering in a barefoot circle before a match to acknowledge the traditional owners, respect the Boodja (country), and connect with Aboriginal culture.

Other elements of the intricate design tell the story of travel, the WACA Ground Improvement Project and cricket history.

All proceeds raised from the auction will go towards the WA Cricket Foundation’s mission to create social outcomes through cricket.

To place your bid before the auction closes on January 10, click here.

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