Graffiti art a colourful boost to Berwick Street, youth

Mural artist Luke O'Donohoe with youths from Mission Australia’s Youth Accommodation Support Services. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d420512
Mural artist Luke O'Donohoe with youths from Mission Australia’s Youth Accommodation Support Services. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d420512

Perth graffiti artist Luke |O’Donohoe has spent time with local youth at the Mission Australia centre over the past week passing on his skills while helping them complete a wall mural.

He has also hosted workshops at the centre, where groups of youths created four large canvases that will be displayed at Mission Australia’s new Youth Beat home in Northbridge.

When he is not running a gym or coffee shop, Luke enjoys engaging with Perth youth to complete art pieces at Mission Australia centres.

He hoped the art projects helped young people feel connected to YASS and Youth Beat programs and services, and encourage a sense of belonging.

‘The kids have really come alive and enjoyed getting creative with the wall mural,’ Luke said. ‘It’s been a rewarding experience seeing each person incorporate their idea of what YASS means to them during the design phase.’

Mission Australia Youth Beat and YASS program manager Ciara Crotty said graffiti art is a popular art form with her clients.

‘Our YASS and Youthbeat clients have a lot of respect for Luke and it’s fantastic to see them so enthusiastic about working on graffiti art projects with him,’ Ms Crotty said.

‘Through the art programs we want to educate youth on appropriate forms of graffiti art and show them how much value it holds in the art world.’