Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Government announces major boost for Perth’s public art

    6/08/2008 12:00 AM

    Public art in Western Australia will get a major boost with a new artwork in Forrest Place.


    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale today announced the first site for the Sculpture Project - a $1.5million Ignite initiative that would bring together artists, architecture, community and public space to create two new permanent public artworks.


    “The project is a prestigious international competition, designed to encourage innovative partnerships between architects and artists from a range of disciplines,” Ms McHale said.


     “We are delighted that with the help of the City of Perth, a central and visible space in the heart of the city has been made available for the first project.


    “This permanent installation will sit in a prime location in Forrest Place, next to the railway station forecourt.


    “The winning sculpture will combine the creative ideas of architecture and artists to fill the space in such a way that it challenges our minds and our senses.


    “I’m looking forward to the submissions and seeing how they explore and confront the way we perceive our city.”


    Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said she was excited by the opportunities offered by the competition, and the partnership the State Government was offering.


    “This project links perfectly with our vision for a new, revitalised centre of Perth,” Ms Scaffidi said.


    Further details of the competition will be announced at the end of August.


    Ignite is a dynamic $73million package of initiatives designed to transform dance, theatre, music and visual arts, as well as change the shape of WA’s cultural landscape.


    Minister's office - 9213 6900