A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published February 27th 2012
I am a fan of street art. To me it is exciting to turn a corner and be confronted with a wall decorated with a huge piece of art that you didn't expect to be there. Whilst Perth doesn't quite have Melbourne's street art culture, there are still quite a few areas to discover graffiti art.
I assume from their permanency that some of these works have been commissioned or at least received permission from the City of Perth: I have the walls by McIver station on the Armadale line in mind when I say that, or the laneways and alleyways off Barrack Street, such as the Lightlocker ArtSpace on Grand Lane, which also has 3D works along its walls.
Most impressive perhaps is the area between Perth station and McIver station, which has a huge 'Battle of the Gods'-type scene; painted with mythological creatures and next to an adjourning wall with cartoon fairytale characters along it.
Walking along Hay Street and Murray Street there are many lanes that you can find artwork on, from huge owls to Gothic people and cats; if you have time to look there is an entire hidden gallery in the city.
Across the bridge in Perth's Cultural Centre there is only the odd piece of graffiti art to be found. Although the 'centre for culture', most of the art work here is confined to the galleries (the Art Gallery of WA and the PICA gallery), although the walls of a couple of businesses on James Street have giant figures on them. If you're interested in such things, James Street (near Perth rail station) is also home to the ArtRage Street Gallery.