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Art project transforms freeway eyesore

South Metropolitan TAFE Gaining Access to Training and Education (GATE) and Certificate I and II in General Education for Adults (CGEA) students have celebrated the official unveiling of their murals, which have transformed vandalised telecommunication huts along the Kwinana Freeway (South Perth) into works of art.

The telecommunication huts had become a regular target for local vandals and the murals are designed to eradicate graffiti and reduce the anti-social behaviour the site attracts. The murals are inspired by the surrounding landscape and incorporate design elements from the river, native flora and fauna.

The mural project, a collaboration with the WA Police Graffiti Team, is the culmination of two-years of work by a total of 85 students. The students have been involved in the project through all stages of its development from design, to painting the artwork and finally, creating designs and stencils.  The students were also fortunate to work alongside contributing urban artists, Luke O’Donohoe and Sam Bloor, under the guidance of principal artist and SM TAFE lecturer Emma Margetts.

The project has provided students with the opportunity to participate in a unique community-based art project and contribute to the growing landscape of urban art in Perth.

GATE and CGEA are bridging programs at SM TAFE for disengaged young people. The programs are designed for students who did not complete school and want to improve their confidence, personal awareness, study skills and general education. On completion of a CGEA or GATE qualification students can apply for a range of vocational TAFE programs leading into employment, apprenticeships and/or traineeships.

The project has also involved generous support from Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and the City of South Perth.

Read Police Minister Michelle Roberts' media statement here.

Page last updated September 12, 2017