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Friday, December 4, 2020

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Youth-led art piece to transform High Wycombe Station entry

Young people from the Kalamunda area will have the chance to brainstorm, design and install a large new outdoor mural as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

A 40m-long wall at Ibis Place, near the new High Wycombe Station site, will be the blank canvas for the piece of art, which will provide a unique entry statement to the station precinct.

An expression of interest process is now open for young people wanting to be part of the Ibis Place Youth Art Project, which will collaborate with an established artist to plan and design the installation.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the well-established Right Track program was all about fostering a positive relationship between youth, Perth’s public transport network and the people who work on it.

“Building a positive relationship between ourselves and our young passengers is a win for everyone on the Transperth network, and collaborations like this go a long way to achieving that,” he said.

“By its nature public transport infrastructure can produce a few of these large blank walls, so when it’s appropriate to do so it’s great to involve the local community – in this case local youth – in making the space their own.”

City of Kalamunda mayor Margaret Thomas said the mural was a fantastic way to inspire a sense of community pride as well as reduce graffiti and improve the outlook for the new station.

She said the collaborative work was something that would be enjoyed by the community for years. 

"I’m looking forward to seeing the mural come to life and reflect our diverse community while improving the amenity of the local area for visitors, commuters and local residents.”

The project is a collaboration between the Public Transport Authority’s Right Track program and the City of Kalamunda.

All young people aged 12 to 25 who have an interest in creative arts and community development who live, work or have a connection to the City of Kalamunda are eligible to apply for the art committee. Participation in the project will be required between November 2020 and May 2021.

Expression of interest forms can be found at www.righttrack.wa.gov.au. Submissions close on October 25.

PTA Media contact:  9326 2526

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