Paint Subi: artists to brighten up the City


Local artist Hayley Welsh is preparing for Paint Subi. Picture: Jessica Warriner
Local artist Hayley Welsh is preparing for Paint Subi. Picture: Jessica Warriner

SUBIACO is preparing for a new splash of colour.

Paint Subi will see artist Hayley Welsh, along with Siouxx Tempest and international street artists Okuda and Evoca1 transform prominent Subiaco locations.

Welsh’s laneway canvas will be near Lucy in Disguise, just off Rokeby Road.

“I try to involve the situation into what the narrative is going to be,” she said.

“I’ve done a similar alleyway once before, and I’m interested in starting in one place and ending in another.

“It’s not always about the end destination; it’s about the in-between stages.”

Welsh was brought up near Manchester in England, and has been living in Perth for the past six years.

Her work has reflected change and transition, and dealing with her feelings about living on the other side of the world.

“These creatures have kind of appeared in my work that reflect voices – listen to those little voices about you’re passionate about and what you want to do,” she said.

The artist starts painting on Wednesday, November 8, and will be holding a workshop for children to join in on Saturday, November 11, from 10am.

“A town is like a bare house, and when you get people making marks, it’s like putting a kid’s drawing on the fridge.

“It suddenly becomes a home, and it’s a space made by people, it becomes more rich and diverse.

“We need that stimulation and reminder we can do physical things and make change,” Welsh said.

Paint Subi is being run by the City of Subiaco and FORM, and is part of this year’s line-up for Open House Perth.

City of Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said investing in public art was part of the City’s commitment to cultural and economic development, and bringing vibrancy to the streets of Subiaco.

“It’s about adding to the vibe of the area and making Subiaco a place for residents, workers and visitors to enjoy,” Mr Burnett said.

The week-long project runs until November 12, with passers-by invited to watch the artworks in progress and take a free guided tour of each location.

For more information, head to subiaco.wa.gov.au/paintsubi.

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