What is The Big Splash WA?


The Big Splash WA is a vibrant art event that took place in the streets, parks and public spaces of Perth and surrounds from 20 January - 4 March 2018.

A huge pod of wildly colourful dolphin sculptures painted by local artists swum into town as part of a mass public art exhibition to raise mass awareness and valuable funds for Perth Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.

Four times as many young people are now presenting  to Emergency Departments with repeated self-harm and attempted suicide compared to five years ago. An estimated 50% of children and adolescents are not accessing mental health resources until a serious crisis unfolds. This alarming increase has brought children’s mental health to the forefront of medical issues needing urgent attention. The ripple effects of a mental health crisis are enormous and we all know that the impact on families, school friends and the community can be devastating.

Early intervention and education have proven to be very effective. As such, The Big Splash WA was developed in order to encourage conversations around mental health to ensure young people, and the wider community, understand three key messages:

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

The Big Splash WA Schools Program is still underway with 45 schools welcoming smaller dolphin sculptures which they have decorated and will keep as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and well-being. They are also engaging their school communities in essential conversations about child and adolescent mental health awareness through The Big Splash WA Resource Kits. Schools can still get on board, so click here to find out more!


All funds raised throughout the campaign will initiate innovative programs at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders who are at significant risk.


        Wild in Art
A Wild in Art event brought to you by Perth Children's Hospital Foundation.

Teagan’s Story

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Big Splash WA in Business News!

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