Museum of Water is a radically different exhibition that showcases over 500 donations of water collected across WA over the course of a year. Commissioned by the Perth Festival, UK artist Amy Sharrocks and the Museum custodians turned strangers into friends and liquid into art as they collected watery donations and the memories that go with them. There are samples from Poison Gully and the Great Barrier Reef, grey water from a laundry and a splash from a Paralympian’s swimming pool.

In April 2017, Museum of Water’s trailer was on site at FAC for one of our busiest annual events, the Revealed Art Market. During this time Fremantle Arts Centre receptionist Caroline Brook donated her own liquid memory to the Museum of Water.

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Caroline Brook with her Museum of Water donation. Photography by Bo Wong.

We caught up with Caroline to find out more.

Do you have a vivid recollection of your first memory involving water?

My earliest memory of water would have to be related to holidays. My dad is mad about fishing and swimming and boats.  Our earliest holidays were at Lancelin Caravan Park, where we could go swimming and fishing off the beach. We also went to Garden Island for holidays. We were always in the sun, always swimming, catching fish off the boat, swimming to shore from the boat and crabbing. I find that most places I travel to now seem to have fairly large water content. I don’t think I will ever make it to countries where it is snowing, frozen water doesn’t count.

What did you choose to donate and where is it from? 

I donated sea water. This water comes from Coogee Beach, which is near where I live. I donated the sample in a hand blown perfume bottle that I bought at FOUND (FAC’s shop). I’ve worked here for over 30 years now, so it felt fitting that the container should come from here too.

Caroline Brook's donation for Museum of Water. Photography by Bo Wong.

Caroline Brook’s donation for Museum of Water. Photography by Bo Wong.

What are you most excited about seeing in the exhibition? 

I’ll be traveling around Cambodia for the best part of the exhibition; otherwise, I would have done one of the workshops, like the Ceramics Masterclass with Stewart Scambler where you learn how to make water carriers using traditional techniques. I get back just in time for the last couple of days of the exhibition, so I’ll get to experience it all then.

Museum of Water opens Wed 7 Feb | 6:30pm
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This is a free event in conjunction with Perth Festival. The exhibition is complemented by an engaging public program full of talks, workshops and other exciting events. Find out more here.