Bayswater Primary

STREAM 1 - 2010

The Project

Bayswater Primary School's Artist-In-Residence (AIR) project was a meeting of minds when Principal Mr Stephen Hovitch invited artist Paula Hart to engage the staff and students in a creative project which would build a sense of community.

The school had adopted and begun the implementation of a community building process called Tribes and the AIR project centred on a phase of the process which was about developing a sense of belonging.

Throughout the 20 week project, classroom teachers worked with their students to research the history of the school and the Bayswater community which they then re-interpreted in their illustrations during their weekly art lessons with Art teacher Ms Linda Radford and Paula. Students' historical research included guest speakers from local community members and groups, such as the Bayswater Historical Society, Conservation Council of WA and the Railway Museum.

The project culminated in an event which celebrated the 'olden days' and included performances, making butter by hand, tasting bush tucker and featuring the unveiling of the art project. The completed work comprised a flowing interpretive laser cut metal screen designed to communicate the heritage stories of the Bayswater Primary School community.

For more information about the Bayswater Primary School AIR project download the 2009-2010 Case Study Publication here or individual project chapter.

Principal: Mr Stephen Hovitch
School Tel: (08) 9370 2465
School profile available at 

AIR Project Coordinator: Ms Fiona Affleck

Artist: Paula Hart
Mobile: 0410 419 373


Bayswater Primary School and artist Paula Hart​ ​