Local Artists and Arts Workers

Phil Shelton, Green Frog Studios


Phone: 9071 5103, Mb: 0447 942 908

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Concrete sculpture; Bronze sculpture; Steel/stainless steel sculpture; Practical Signwriting certificate; Cert IV Art and Design; Signwriter/computer graphics; Youth Arts Coordinator; Event/program management; Funding applications; Stagecraft, set design, construction and decoration; Public art/events; Art skills workshop facilitation; Paint technologies.  

I prefer to combine media depending on the elements in the surrounds and the effect required. For example; Stainless steel will contrast a garden setting where-as concrete or bronze will more likely compliment a garden. I am very happy to collaborate or contract artists with other skills if they can contribute to the desired result of a piece I am creating.


Project:  Dolphins at West Beach. 2.8 m x 0.9m  June 2012

Description:  A community project as part of a public space development model being initiated by the Shire of Esperance. The sculpture is situated in a local park and represents beach life in the local area. It depicts dolphins playing in the surf and incorporates a mandala that supports 15 hand-made tiles created by local students describing different beach activities. Manufactured using polished concrete and ceramics. Funded by CANWA.

Contribution: Design and community consultation to develop concepts and themes, manufacture main armature, create and finish sculpture, incorporate student tiles, installation on site, coordinate other artists, contractors and suppliers, liaise with stakeholders.

Dolphins - concrete - web

Project:  Festival of the Wind foreshore sculpture. March 2011

Description:  Four-piece concrete sculpture interpreting the Esperance environment using local materials. The work consists of two seats and two upright sculptural forms. Facilitated by Jahne Reece, coordinated by Esperance Community Arts at the Cannery Arts Centre involving eight local artists.

Contribution: Design consultation, concrete form building, concrete pouring, grinding, polishing, equipment coordination, supply and maintenance, service networking, crane rigging, site works.

concrete FOTW

Project:  Skylab 30 year commemorative monument and historic walk.  March 2010

Description:  Five metre tall structure with a 3 metre long replica of the Skylab space station which crashed to earth in 1979. The monument stands at the entrance of the Esperance Municipal Museum and concludes an historic walk consisting of 12 bronze plaques created by artist Chris Siemer, commemorating moments in Esperance history.

Contribution:  Design and manufacture of monument: Steel and stainless steel fabrication, sandblasting and painting, transport and site fitting of monument, contracting earthworks and base construction. Assist with foundry work of bronze castings.


Project:  Set design, construction and decoration.   Support for Esperance Theatre Guild.  Ongoing

Description:  Design and manufacture entire sets, guide and train volunteers, manage budgets and work to deadlines. Set designs for; Glass Menagerie, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jenny McNae), Bye Bye Birdie (Paul McKay), Guys and Dolls, On Our Selection (Geoff Gibbs), several series of one-act plays.

Contribution: Design and consultation, multi-media fabrication as required, structural building, sculptural work, trompe l’oeil, effects painting, lighting design, procure materials, provide equipment, repairs to building, signwriting services, solution finding, training volunteers, project management, occupational health and safety management.

Project:  Youth Arts Coordinator.   Employed by Esperance Community Arts. End 2002 to end 2004

Description:  Develop a program of arts activities for Esperance youth. Develop networks, liaise/work with community groups and individuals as required, source funding as required, assist community groups with the facilitation of youth arts projects and activities, verbal and written reporting to various committees and funding bodies.

Contribution: Projects facilitated while in the position included; Circus workshops and performances with 80 participants, graffiti projects (involving youth at various locations including a skatepark, community buildings and a shopping centre), weekly visual arts program for youth which included – hebel stone sculpture, photographic film animation, kite building, airbrushing, book making/binding, cartooning, restore 1962 Holden ute (see attached photos), junkyard art with basic welding, mural painting.



Thank you to our core funding organisations and program sponsors.