Sculptures on the Marsh


The Kimberley, one of the oldest and unique parts of Australia is also home to the Derby “Sculpture on the Marsh” Art Project. It is a public art project aimed at promoting the region's cultural identity and celebrating its unique character.

The Marsh Art is best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. The 8 locally designed and manufactured sculptures can be admired as you wander leisurely along the fascinating Derby Marsh. The concept is the brain child of Mark Norval, renowned local Artist, “scoundrel” and driven supporter of Indigenous Art.

May 2019 was the first installation of the sculpture “Contemplation”. This piece is a stunning example of the beauty and power of art. The sculpture is strategically placed to align with the sunset, creating a truly breathtaking sight. The glowing orange embers of the Kimberley sunset perfectly complement the piece, making it even more visually stunning.

Announced in October 2021, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley received a successful grant application for four additional sculptures as part of its Sculptures on the Marsh project. The grant was awarded by Federal Member for Durack, Melissa Price MP, as part of the Federal Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Round 5.

The Shire has an ongoing commitment to promoting the region's cultural heritage and creating opportunities for local artists.

The Sculptures

About the Artist

Mark Norval

Mark Norval is a renowned artist and former art teacher who has lived in Derby, the Kimberley region of Western Australia since 1981. Mark’s artworks have been exhibited widely around Australia, North America and Europe, and have won over 50 Awards.

Mark's artistic style is unique and draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the Kimberley region. He often incorporates the surrounding landscapes into his artwork, creating pieces that are both striking and deeply meaningful.

Mark's contributions to the art world have been invaluable, not only in terms of the recognition he has received for his own work but also in his efforts to support and promote other artists. Through the Norval Gallery, he has helped to bring attention to the rich and diverse indigenous art scene in Australia and has played a vital role in preserving and celebrating the country's cultural heritage.

Since 2012, Mark has been running the Norval Gallery in Derby alongside his wife, Mary.

The Norval Gallery Facebook page can be found here.