A number of Chinese lanterns hang in a row
2 April 2015

Street art on walls of Northbridge locations

  • Chinatown

Walls in Perth’s Chinatown and at the State Theatre Centre of WA will be transformed during PUBLIC 2015 under a project to convert spaces throughout the city into urban art pieces.

From April 10 to 19, onlookers can watch as international, national and local artists use their skills and turn ordinary spaces into extraordinary ones.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said urban art enhanced the attractiveness of traditionally underutilised spaces as well as decreased the incidence of graffiti.

About 10 works will transform Nick’s Lane and Roe Street in Chinatown while the underutilised wall between The Blue Room Theatre and PICA of the State Theatre will be an international artist’s blank canvas.

“Art in all its forms creates discussion and never more so when it is in full view of the public,” Mr Day said.

“Last year’s works created a lot of healthy debate and awe, and I am sure this year will be no different.

“The artworks will undoubtedly attract people who would not ordinarily visit Chinatown and the State Theatre, adding to the vitality of these areas as well as drawing international attention. I encourage everyone to head to these iconic locations and follow the urban ‘art walk’ across the city during PUBLIC 2015.”

The PUBLIC symposium will also be held at the State Theatre Centre of WA from April 15-17. Speakers will share their perspectives on architecture, urban planning, design and art.

PUBLIC is presented by FORM, an independent not for profit arts and culture organisation. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is a major partner of PUBLIC and the Perth Theatre Trust are a supporting partner of PUBLIC.

Artists will be in Chinatown between April 15-18 and State Theatre from April 15-17.

For more information, visit the FORM website.

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