Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 28 Autumn 2011 Contents with Perth’s creative community. “I have
never believed that kids should get in
trouble for painting walls,” says Stormie
Mills. “That’s how I started and it still
informs what I do today; the beginning is
less important than the ending. If you give
young people the opportunity to express
themselves, the ways and shapes that it
becomes will astound us.”
There’s also concern that the laws won’t
have the desired effect. “If you’re determined
to commit illegal acts of graffiti, you’re going
to find a way around them,” says Aimee Johns,
owner of specialist art supplier The Butcher
Shop and a member of the Urban Art
subcommittee to the State Graffiti Taskforce.
Aimee believes permit walls would be a
more positive solution. “In Perth, there is not
one single ‘free wall’ where you can create
an artwork without fear of prosecution,” she
says. “We provide tennis walls, skate parks,
football fields and race tracks to facilitate
people’s hobbies, yet nothing for public art.”
Paola Anselmi says such initiatives
are being considered by the City of Perth
under a new Public Art Strategy, which
will go to the City Council before July for
funding approval. “There are a lot of sites
that are potential permit walls,” she says.
“In combination with mentoring programs
and workshops, they could become really
positive spaces. But I don’t know at this
stage whether they will go ahead.”
For artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers,
developing Perth’s public art should be about
cultivating a unique identity, not borrowi ng
from other cities. “Perth is an interesting
place to be right now, but there’s still this
awkward teenager thing going on,” he says.
“In the past, a lot of our public art has been
quite timid. I have this theory that if you’re
going to take a risk, make it a really big one.
Don’t just have another gumleaf-inspired
sculpture that’s just bigger than a person.”
As an expression of the diversity and
culture of a city, street art is worth fostering
not only for artists, but also for other people
who use our urban spaces.
“It becomes a place where you might
want to linger, take pictures and think
about who made the images and what ones
you prefer,” says Professor Young. “All the
things you normally do in a gallery, but
moved into a street instead.” I
Artrage A mural across all four sides of the building
features work by local artists including Creepy, Hurben,
Sam DeSouza, Jodee Knowles, Daek and The Graphite
Crew. Corner of Roe and Milligan streets, Northbridge.
Howard Lane Now a hub for boutique bars, this
laneway is also home to murals by local artists
Stormie Mills and Yok. Off Howard Street, city.
Target Lane A recently completed commission by
local artist Creepy is the first stage in a renewal process
for the area. B etwe en Willia m Stree t and Murray
Street Mall, city.
Grand Lane This 99m-long mural, by Victorian artist
Bonsai and Japanese artist Two-One, is the biggest in
Perth. Five lightbox ‘cabinet’ exhibition spaces are to be
launched here in April 2011, displaying works by local
artists. Off Murray Street Mall and Barrack Street, city.
William Street Take a walk along William Street and
you’ll find works by local artists Creepy, Mr A, Mr F and
Kid Zoom. There’s also a host of galleries specialising in
contemporary art, including Last Chance Studio, Outre
Gallery and These Days Gallery. Northbridge.
Murdoch University Creepy’s site-specific work
Help is on the Way stretches across more than 40m in
the Economics, Commerce and Law Lecture Theatre
Courtyard. 90 South Street, Murdoch.
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