PUBLIC is a celebration of urban art and creativity that brings to Perth and the Pilbara urban, visual, and digital artists from around the world. Walls and laneways are transformed with street art, projections, installations, and public events. This multi-year program encompasses three components in 2014: Art in the City, Art in the Pilbara, and 100 Hampton Road, each celebrating creativity as a public good.
From 5 – 13 April 2014, large-scale urban artworks were developed by some of the world’s best known urban artists. Blank walls were transformed throughout Perth, pop-up spaces created in Wolf Lane, and artists completed residencies on William Street in Northbridge resulting in Dear William, a dedication to William Street.
Art in the City has a number of events that you can attend and get involved in; some of these are listed below, but keep checking the What’s On page for information about artists’ talks, walking tours, and more:
PUBLIC Salon: exhibition of works by PUBLIC artists at FORM Gallery, 11 April – 31 May.
PUBLIC House: two days of events in Wolf Lane, Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April.
Dear William, a dedication to William Street: site-specific artworks installed on William Street, revealing the diverse histories of the area, 13 April – 11 May.
PUBLIC: Art in the Pilbara takes some of the participating artists to the north of Western Australia to engage with the local Port Hedland community through workshops and large scale public artworks. This is part of FORM’s commitment to enhancing the creative industries and communities of this unique region. Information and images from Art in the Pilbara are available by signing up to FORM’s twitter, facebook, and instagram, or become a member to support FORM’s work in regional Western Australia.
FORM, as part of its PUBLIC program and in collaboration with Foundation Housing, has developed a program in response to the articulated needs of the social housing sector that addresses the challenge of resident engagement and works to change perceptions among surrounding communities. The year-long Hampton Road Project explicitly aims to utilise creativity and the arts to increase the liveability of social housing.
The Hampton Road Project is necessarily evolving as it responds to the residents’ needs. At present, the project has engaged artists Nigel Bennet, Lucas Grogan, and Eva Fernandez to undertake residencies and create work on site. Workshops with A Good Looking Man (Andrew Christie), Dismantle, and chef Sophie Budd will also feature in the programming.
Volunteering with FORM on PUBLIC is an exciting opportunity to be actively involved in a major international event and a significant cultural program for Perth with significant social and community dividend. You will assist in providing a unique experience to participants by making the program fun, enriching, and accessible to all. We are looking for event assistants, set up crews, artist liaison, evaluators, and tour guides, for information, click here.