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Aspiring 2020 Urban Exhibition, Raine Square

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Emerging artists in unique inner-city art exhibition
The evolving space at the Raine Square luxury shopping precinct has brightened this corner of Perth's CBD. The newly opened Raine Lane introduces a suite of new stores and creates a vibrant shopping and dining space. Inside, more improvements are underway to enhance the shopping and leisure experience of this already busy centre.

Urban art display
The Aspiring 2020 Urban Exhibition is an unusual artistic undertaking. Across one week in January 2020, eight emerging local artists painted live inside in the Windows of Wentworth on the corner of William and Murray Streets. The paintings are currently on display and up-for-bid in a charity auction.

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Aspring 2020 Urban Exhibition at Raine Square/Image from Raine Square Facebook page

The artists vary greatly in style and media. You can find abstract florals and detailed landscapes, collages made with handmade objects, flowing brushwork and sharply defined geometrics. The individual pieces each reflect some aspect of an artist's dreams and hopes for our future, our environment and ourselves.

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Aspiring 2020 Urban Exhibition at Raine Square - artists clockwise from top left: Amanda Kimberley, Beth Scholey, Carolyn Trowbridge, Caroline Muscat/Image from Raine Square Facebook page

It is inspiring to see a corporation take a fresh approach to the public amenity of their buildings while supporting new artists and charity. Visit the Raine Square website to find out more about the exhibition.

Art auction for medical research
On display until 1st April 2020, each piece of artwork is up for auction. The sale proceeds will be donated to the Raine Medical Research Foundation. Mary Raine, who rebuilt the hotel she called 'The Wentworth' (now part of the Raine Square precinct), bequeathed her property empire to the University of Western Australia in 1957 after her husband's death from arteriosclerosis.

In the Deed of Trust, Mary stated:
The net income of the Fund shall be applied towards seeking, diagnosing and investigating the nature, origin and causes of diseases in human beings, with the initial emphasis on arteriosclerosis and allied diseases, and the prevention, cure, alleviation and combating of such diseases."

As a result, the Raine Medical Research Foundation has supported over $50 million in research projects during the last 60 years. Visit the Raine Medical Research Foundation to find out more.

Go online to learn about each piece of art and bid on your favourite item to support important medical research. The auction closes on April 1st and prices range from $50 to $500. Otherwise, support local art and visit Raine Square to view the pieces before the auction closes.

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Aspiring 2020 Urban Exhibition at Raine Square - artists clockwise from top left: Andrew Farmer, Larissa Nguyen, Alisha Falconer, Lauren Elise/Image from Raine Square Facebook page

Nature murals
Inside the Raine Square complex, mural art is also popping up. Almost overnight, my usual path from the Perth Underground through the underground access tunnel into Raine Square was cheered up. The boarded-over frontage of a closed shop was suddenly set upon by muralist Jack Bromwell. Within days, this area was brightened by a mural in blues of Western Spinebill birds, Grevillea plants and a native butterfly. With this mural, Jack has frozen a moment in time for these active little birds.

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Jack Bromwell's mural of Western Spinebills and Grevilleas/Photo by author

It was seeing a sign on the escalator wall that first told me about the Aspiring 2020 art exhibition. Hunting through the complex for more, I found another mural at the Wellington Street lower ground floor entrance. This piece shows a Noisy Miner bird by James Giddy. James focusses his work on themes surrounding the unknown and environmental conservation. He has described this piece as linking the fast-paced and inquisitive nature of this busy bird with those of people in the city.

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James Giddy's mural of a Noisy Miner bird/Photo by author

As a nature lover, it's great to see these artworks bringing pieces of nature into the urban environment. Before I go to work, I'm now keenly walking around the Raine Square complex as it undergoes further redevelopment, on the hunt for more hidden artworks!
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Why? Enjoy local art, support medical research and embrace nature in the city
When: Until 1st April 2020
Phone: 08 6143 4888
Where: Windows of Wentworth, Raine Square, corner of William and Murray Streets, Perth CBD
Cost: Free
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