In June of last year I wrote a blog titled “Public art: cultural necessity or fiscal foolishness” in response to the debate about whether $40,000 on a piece of public art (the sculpture Tandem) was a useful way to spend local rate payers money or if it should be put towards fixing roads instead.

In the blog, I argued that whilst roads and infrastructure were obviously important, I wanted to live and work in a community that had heart and that beauty, whimsy, fantasy and fun had an important place in our built environment too.

Bus stop incorporating a garden trellis


Since then the City of Vincent, Beaufort Street Network and local businesses and residents have been continuing with their efforts to enliven their section of the Beaufort Street strip south of Walcott Street with some colourful, fun and stunning results.

Flying scotsman mural

A yarn bombed bike rack

Mural in Lois Lane

Sunday Art Market

One of the next Network initiatives is introducing what they hope will be monthly Art Market, with permission having been granted to hold a first one on Sunday the 7th of September.

The market will  have stalls selling local arts and crafts as well as art and sculptures from both established and emerging Western Australian artists. For more details read the Network’s announcement here and a recent piece by The Voice on the market here.

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I think the market is another wonderful initiative and am looking forward to getting down there on the 7th to check out the public response and see what’s on offer.

I’m loving what’s happening on Beaufort Street and applaud what the Council, Network, residents and business owners are doing – here’s to the support for it to continue.


Mary Street Bakery mural

Bathtub gardens

Out with the evolving

The side of Highgate dry cleaners - once a dull grey eyesore

Part of the mural in Lois Lane