The Perth Cultural Centre is our incubator for all things place making. We're looking for fresh minds to help build on its sense of place by participating in our way finding competition.

We want emerging designers to submit way finding ideas that not only guide visitors to where they are going, but shows them where we have been, through the stories and art of the Whadjuk Noongar who have come before us. The winning entry will be implemented in the Perth Cultural Centre and all entries will feature in an exhibition. 

What's involved?

We want you to form an interdisciplinary team and work together to create a design for wayfinding activity nodes in the Perth Cultural Centre. 

Designs should be underpinned by Whadjuk Noongar Boodja Kaartdijin (Whadjuk Noongar understandings of place). 

Designs are required to:

  • Welcome visitors to Whadjuk Boodja and the Perth Cultural Centre by day and by night
  • Help visitors find their way through the Cultural Centre and to neighbouring places
  • Explore the place through the institution's geographic locations and the stories of the Whadjuk places that came before them
  • Activate their immediate surroundings
  • Incorporate Whadjuk artwork

Designs can include digital and printed media, including maps, symbols, text, images, sound and light. 

Who can enter?

Students and those who've graduated in the last two years can enter in small teams of up to 4 people. Your team can cross a range of disciplines; think product, graphic, urban or landscape design, engineering, modelling, digital media and fabrication.

You'll need to provide evidence of your enrollment when you submit your designs, and you'll need to have attended the mandatory briefing, which was held on 25 March at the State Library Auditorium.

The competition process

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    Step one

    If you're eligible, you would have attended the mandatory briefing in March. Now is a good time to find your team members and go through some of the info we've provided below.
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    Step two

    We gave you loads of details at the mandatory briefing but we'll update this page as more information is released throughout the competition too. Check back every now and then to keep up to date.
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    Step three

    It's time to work with your team to create a wayfinding design proposal and submit your design by 24 April 2017.
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    Step four

    Our judging panel will go through all the entries and shortlist up to 4 teams. These shortlisted entrants will be invited to take part in a detailed design stage. All other entries will feature in an exhibition mid-year.
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    Step five

    The detailed designs will be judged from 16 June by a professional jury with Whadjuk and Cultural Centre representatives.
  • Image of the Perth Cultural Centre way finding with people milling about.

    Step six

    The winner will be announced and all entries exhibited at the end of June. The winners will work with us to see their idea implemented in the Perth Cultural Centre.


We have a lot of background information to help you create your designs. Here are some documents to get you started.

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Have a question?

Flick us email us if you're interested but want to find out more. Do check back here too because we'll update this page with more information as the competition progresses. Good luck!