The Big Splash WA – Art Trail

A pod of wildly colourful dolphin have swum into town as part of a vibrant public art trail.

InterAqua Dolphin by Artist Claire Davenhall 2017

Artist Statement:

‘This is an interactive dolphin, which changes colour as you move around the sculpture and the sun moves position in the sky, displaying a spectrum of glistening colour throughout the day. Special prisms in the paint reflect light in different ways, so try looking at InterAqua from multiple viewpoints. The wave reflects a coral seabed of differing shades of iridescent green and gold, symbolising the national colours of Australia.”

They are here to raise awareness of child and adolescent mental health and come with three clear messages:

  1. You are not alone.
  2. It’s OK to talk about your feelings and concerns.
  3. Real help is available.

There are 36 stunning dolphin sculptures to discover, visit all the details.  Download The Big Splash WA app! Available from the App Store or Google Play for just $1.99, The Big Splash WA app is full of extra information on the dolphins, mental health tips, special rewards and offers. Use the app to track your progress around the trail, add photos to our gallery and share them on social media #thebigsplashwa #pchfwa.

To find my Dolphin, check out Stirling Gardens – Historical Park with playful sculptures, between 20 January – 4 March 2018. 

The Big Splash WA Schools Program

The Big Splash WA Schools Program has been developed in response to the alarming increase in the number of children and young people presenting to Emergency Departments with self-harm and attempted suicide – a 400% increase in the last five years.

The program helps teachers and parents navigate the topic of mental health and wellbeing with their students and children. With a focus on building resilience, the program teaches children to recognise their emotions and develop essential coping strategies.

Participating schools receive a series of age appropriate student resource kits, each accompanied by a teacher and parent kit. Kits are linked back to the school curriculum with student worksheets, class and individual activities, and details of mental health resources and organisations able to provide practical support.

For more information contact Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on (08) 9489 1100 or visit

I have been working with St Stephen’s School to facilitate with the creation of Finlay their School Dolphin, which has been created by the lovely Year 12 students and their Visual Art Teacher Verity Palmer. They aim to spread the message, ‘how to be a good friend’, when riding those waves of emotions’, during their homeroom activities.

You’ll get to meet Finlay along with 44 other School Dolphins at the leaving ceremony on the 17th March 2018.

To learn more about the Schools Program click here:


The Sketchbook Project 2018


This book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection and will travel across the US and Canada as part of their nationwide art exhibitions.

Once digitized you will be able to view it online on their online library:


THEME – Connections

ARTISTS NAME – Claire Davenhall


Claire Davenhall is an International Artists who has studied BA(hons) Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Athens School of Fine Art & North Karelia Polytechnic in Finland.

She migrated to Western Australia in 2007, where she exhibits her work in beautiful locations such as Sculpture by the Sea in Cottlesloe, Swell Sculpture Festival in Queensland, Castaways in Rockingham and Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures in South Australia. She was awarded Winner of the Shinju Matsuri in Broome 2016, Major Prize Winner of the Drift Installation Awards 2017. Claire has also been nominated for an International Community, Participatory and Libraries Award with The Big Draw – The world’s largest drawing festival in 2017.

She takes her inspiration from poems, quotes and found objects, she likes to discover delicate, intricate, unique objects and engages with the environment in remote places. She continues to work in both Art & Education as Facilitator, Lecturer and Practitioner.

Enjoy her collection of LOST SOLES contained in this sketchbook. Its a mix of drawings, sculptures, photography & poems created over the last 5years. The sketchbook project was aimed at getting her thoughts and works ready for her 2018 Solo Exhibition.

LOCATION – Australia

MEDIUMS USED – Pen & Ink, Watercolour, Digital Print, Cartridge Paper, Spray Glue

SUBJECTS – Travel, family, landscapes, memoir, history, community

TAGS – Lost Soles, Sculpture, Photography, Drawing, Digital Prints, Collage, Poems, Quotes, Message in a Bottle,  Love, Hope, Dreams


Artists of Perth 2017 Book

I’m up on the wall of fame at the book launch of the new ‘Artists of Perth’ Book. Thanks to the review appearing in the West Weekend magazine at the weekend, there has been lots of orders from local book shops, the biggest and best of all is a large order from the Art Gallery of WA.

“Discover over 60 Artists and Galleries in Artists of Perth. The book captures these creators at work in their studios and homes and reveals their inspiration, achievements and aspirations for the future.” Gabi Mills

Discover me, in my studio with my work on page 32 & 33 for a double page feature “The best part of the sculpting process is watching your ideas develop and turn into something beautiful”. Claire Davenhall

The next book signing of ‘Artists of Perth’ with the co-authors Gabi Mills & Lisa Shearon from Premium Publishers will be at Dymocks Books Lakeside Joondalup City of Perth on Wednesday the 20th December at 1pm. The perfect gift for any art lover this Christmas!!

Also available to purchase at The Art Gallery of WA, Aspects at Kings Park and most local Dymocks book store.

To order a copy, contact
They also post internationally!

Castaways 10th Anniversary

This Friday I’ll be installing my lastest Sculpture at the 10th Anniversary of Castaways Sculpture Awards 2018. This will be my 9th year exhibiting and this year I’ll be entering a piece called ‘Lost Soles – Lost at Sea ‘ 2017.

“This work explores the concept of lost soles, the inhuman amounts of people who have boarded boats in search for better a life, drifting in a sea of knowledge, castaway with a school of thought, in a vessel of hope…”
Castaways Exhibition flyer
I’ll also be judging the schools competition, facilitating a sculpture workshop, talking in the VIP tours and featuring my work in tactile tours with DADDA.
Hope you can make it down to the Saturday celebrations, would be nice to see you on the beach….


Castaways 10th Anniversary Flyer Final.jpgCastaways 10th Anniversary Flyer Final

A letter in Mind – 2017

Finally, I can officially share my drawings which SOLD at A Letter in Mind – A Sense of Place exhibition at Oxo Gallery in London. I would Love to know who bought them?

Check out the rest of the works in the online gallery below:

The exhibition comprised of beautiful, moving and thought-provoking pieces from the international art world, a host of well-known artists who donated new works, including: Grayson Perry, Frank Kiely, Chris Haughton; Natasha Kidd, Gill Rocc and Claire Davenhall.
The exhibition opened to the public on Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 11am-6pm.  All proceeds of the exhibition went to The National Brain Appeal.  #thenationalbrainappeal #ALIM17#SenseOfPlace #aletterinmind

St Stephen’s Ceramic Wall Mural

This year I have been working with Mr Elsing and his Year 10 Visual Art Students, to depict the four episodes of the life of St Stephen, with designs influenced by the Italian Futurists:
1. St. Stephen feeding the widows and orphans 
2. St. Stephen preaching the gospel with signs and wonders 
3. St. Stephen being arrested 
4. St. Stephen stoned to death and seeing heaven opened for him. 
St. Stephen’s life was one that embodies our school motto – Serve God, Serve One Another.
The work has now been installed outside in the Quad at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig but was featured earlier this year in their Annual Synthesis Exhibition, See below.

The Big Draw – Living Lines 2017

This year’s Big Draw Festival Living Lines is designed to get your marks moving! In this workshop series you will learn a range of drawing techniques from continuous line drawing, contour lines, organic and linear lines to create an animated installation in the gallery, just wait to see what we have up our sleeves…

Rockingham Central Library
Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th October 2017
An animated installation is in the gallery, for this year’s Big Draw Festival ‘Living Lines’. Participants aged 12-17 years worked with International Artist Claire Davenhall to create animated books, inspired by special exhibits from Museum of Natural History. There is an amazing hanging installation, symbolising ‘the butterfly effect’ casting shadows on the walls and floor in a subtle interplay of flight!  While Spinning Zoetropes create the illusion of motion to bring drawings to life. Public Figure Sheryl Chant got Art Spinning at the Rockingham Central Library, making drawings fly through the air with an amazing spinning sculpture.