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Bradley’s breathtaking artwork featured on police uniforms and vehicles

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Curtin Fine Arts student Bradley Kickett’s art is making a real impact in regional communities through an innovative WA Police community project.

NAIDOC Police Car
Bradley Kickett's artwork on a WA Police car

Bradley entered his artwork into Revealed, a local exhibition for emerging Aboriginal artists. Unbeknownst to Bradley, the WA Police were looking for pieces to form the NAIDOC shared future project.

The innovative project was formed by the WA Police as a way to show respect and create conversation within Aboriginal communities.

“Our relationship with the Aboriginal community has been frayed for a long time and it’s a good way to sit down and talk about their artwork and how we can show respect,” said Mark Johnston, Acting Senior Sergeant, WA Police.

2,100 shirts have been produced, and seven police vehicles – one for each regional district and one for the Metropolitan Region – have been wrapped in the artworks.

“Every artist’s name is on the car along with the story of the artwork so people can understand what it means to the artists, and to the Aboriginal community,” Mark said. To date, the project has been incredibly well received by communities all around the State.

Bradley, a Ballardong Noongar man, grew up in the city, and paints from his own experiences in Noongar country. Using his personal style, he aims to challenge how Aboriginal art is perceived.

Bradley spent time working at Casuarina Prison, and after long days, would sit by the water to relax. His artwork Meeandip Derbarlmarra was inspired by the Garden Island and Point Perron landscape.

Hear the story behind Bradley’s artwork.

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