A who’s who of international urban artists have woven their stories into the cultural fabric of Curtin University’s Perth Campus, as part of FORM’s festival of urban activation and art.
Curtin embraced PUBLIC CAMPUS 2016 for its alignment with the University’s transformational agenda for a Greater Curtin. Curtin is not only the largest Western Australian University, it is one of the most multi-cultural universities in Australia welcoming students from more than 100 countries around the world.
As this activation project unfolded over the week it captivated the campus community. An exceptional and incredibly diverse body of work emerged from world-class artists.
The opportunity that this project has given our students is immeasurable. Being able to rub shoulders with and watch and learn from the world’s best contemporary street artists provides a type of learning that cannot be achieved within the classroom. Our illustration students were fortunate enough to hear directly from the artists and see the artworks up close with their own private tours. This sparked ideas and gave them inspirational guidance for their own upcoming mural projects.
Another dimension has been added to Curtin’s award-winning Place Activation program, which to date has seen students staying longer, increasing their interaction with, and participating more in campus life. This program adds crucial value to campus culture, adding vitality to the public realm in many ways that inject new life into the student experience.
This exciting legacy exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for Curtin to invite our surrounding communities to experience our beautiful and ever-evolving campus. Not only has this project bought more people onto campus, it is also a project that everyone can continue to enjoy and benefit from into the future.