The Big Splash WA Art Trail

20 January – 4 March 2018

A pod of 36 wildly colourful dolphin sculptures, featuring designs by Australian artists, have swum into town as part of a vibrant public art trail.  The Big Splash WA is an initiative of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and Wild in Art that will bring businesses, artists and schools together to raise awareness and vital funds for child and adolescent mental health and come with three main 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 – and one will be located at enex outside Ninewest and Decjuba.

A plaque will be secured to eachy dolphin’s plinths to showcase the name of the dolphin; the artists information and a unique unlock cofe. For a sneak peach at some of the fantastic dolphin designs in profress for this Art Trail, search #thebigsplashWA on Instagram.  Visitors are encouraged to post a selfie with the Dolphin!

THE ENEX DOLPHIN – Hope Restored by Rebecca Kerbey

This design represents a visual parallel between renewable and interconnected neurons in the human brain and the philosophy of a Japanese ancient pottery technique called ‘Kintsugi’, which translates into ‘joining with gold’. Broken pottery is repaired with a seam of lacquer and precious metal, highlighting the cracks rather than hiding them.  Like the pieces of shattered pottery, we are all connected and by joining together we can mend our community.

Rebecca has used a technique similar the ancient art of Japanese kintsugi pottery – which means “joining with gold”.  The dolphin has a black lacquered background which has been painted over in a gold texturised paint, similar to gold leaf.  The finished sculpture is absolutely stunning, pictures can’t really capture how lovely it is in real life.


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.

@pchfwa or visit thebigsplashwa.com.au for all the latest information.


The Big Splash WA Auction

16 March 2018

If you would love to give one (or more!) of the stunning The Big Splash WA Art Trail dolphins a home, register your interest in our auction by emailing bigsplash@pchf.org.au

All proceeds from the auction will enable Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund innovative programs to support children and young people dealing with mental health issues and at risk of self-harm and suicide.


Making a Big Splash for mental health

Mental health is one of the three most important issues for young Western Australians.

Compared to five years ago, four times as many young people are presenting to Emergency Departments with mental health crises including repeated self-injury and attempted suicide.

The message from mental health experts is clear, prevention and early intervention are crucial to turning things around.  Children and their loved ones need to be given the tools to recognise and cope with issues as they arise.

These alarming figures led members of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy initiative to look for a way to help.  And so The Big Splash WA campaign was conceived.

Developed in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the campaign is raising awareness of children’s mental health and equipping young people and their families with tools and resources to help them cope with whatever challenges life throws their way.

The Big Splash WA kicked off in August 2017 with the launch of the Schools Program.

A series of age appropriate mental health resource kits for students from pre-kindy to year 12 have been developed around three key messages:

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

Each kit is full of age appropriate activities, linked back the school curriculum and has a teacher and parent kit to support it.

Over 46 schools throughout WA have already signed up to the program and are implementing the resource kits with their students.

The dolphin was chosen to represent the initiative because of the many similar traits between dolphins and humans.  Like us, dolphins thrive in groups, display distress in isolation, have distinct personalities and flaws, protect their young and most vulnerable, and need to come up for air and to blow off steam from time to time.

In order to engage as many West Australians as possible in raising child mental health awareness, a pod of vibrant dolphin sculptures will shower the city with a splash of colour along The Big Splash WA Art Trail from January to March 2018.

Painted by commissioned artists, these dolphins provide the public an opportunity to show their support for child and adolescent mental health while learning ways in which to stay mentally healthy themselves.

To learn more about The Big Splash WA visit thebigsplashwa.com.au or call the Foundation on (08) 9489 1100.