Call for injection of art

Could Bayswater become an arts hub?
Could Bayswater become an arts hub?

Cr Sutherland made a notice of motion to increase art in the City and allocate $80,000 in the next budget to a public arts program at last month’s council meeting.

She said she would like to see a continuation of public art into Bayswater to enhance vibrancy and activation.

‘We are starting to promote public art in pockets, such as the Mt Lawley subway art and the piece at the Autumn Centre, which are very good,’ she said.

‘We have the city and Northbridge starting to look good and Vincent has a lot of street and urban art.

‘I think we need to continue this, particularly around Guildford Road and Maylands to brighten up the area a bit more.’

Cr Sutherland said there were also prime areas to add public art murals in Morley.

‘Vincent has got old baths with plants in them, which shows it does not have to be expensive,’ she said.

Cr Sutherland said council mergers and a recent bar approval in Maylands had highlighted to her the need to increase art in the area.

‘When council was discussing the music bar in Maylands, the chambers were full of people who wanted it to be approved,’ she said.

‘This got me thinking. Maylands is really nice but it would be good to add some urban art along the strip and down some of the laneways.’

Cr Sutherland will outline her ideas to improve and increase art in the City at an upcoming council meeting.