The Urban Activation Festival You Don’t Want To Miss

By Anna Franklyn
6th Apr 2016

What is FORM all about?

Well it's an independent organisation which believes creativity and art have the power to improve our quality of life and bring our communities together, and it's doing just that with its annual art Festival PUBLIC 2016. The festival has already seen the transformation of Claremont’s Bayview Terrace by local artists including Anya Brock, Luke O’Donohue, Hayley Welsh and Matthew Wong.

Let’s just say you’re not going to want to miss the rest of this awesome festival of urban activation.

If you missed out on the Claremont action over the weekend you’re in luck, because Beastman is painting a mural at Claremont on the Park today, tomorrow and Friday and Add Fuel is still painting at Lemon Lane.

Over on the south side, PUBLIC Campus at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus kicked off on Monday and will be running until Sunday 10 April. You can expect the place to be a hive of activity with local artists Stormie Mills, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Jae Criddle, Chris Nixon, Amok Island, Jessee Lee Johns and Liam Dee painting up a storm all over campus. These guys will be joined by international superstars from Italy, America, the UK, Japan and even Tunisia because Perth is clearly THE place to be at the moment #heckyes.

PUBLIC Forum will be happening this Friday 8 April with speakers including UK artist Bruce Munro, USA street artist Alex Brewer aka Hense and Tunisian light calligraphy artist Karim Jabbari, who will be chatting about the big ideas inspired by last year’s PUBLIC 2016 Symposium such as how we can transform our communities through creativity. The future is looking good kids!

If all of that isn’t enough to satisfy you, the PUBLIC 2016 Wrap Party will be going off on Saturday 9 April with food trucks and music galore and the announcement of the winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award down at Curtin Uni.

And for those of you in the South West, you haven’t been forgotten. PUBLIC is coming to Albany for the first time ever in 2016! PUBLIC In The Great Southern will be hitting Albany from 14-17 April to transform York Street and the Albany landscape into a canvas. Why not make a long weekend of it and try and tick a few things off your Albany bucket list!

HENSE | Image credit: Form

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