The murals in Subiaco caught my attention before we moved to the suburb three months ago. Now I walk here regularly, I’m enthralled. you have not found the street art in your neighbourhood, you might be rewarded if you look for it.

I’m embarrassed that street art (especially murals) in Perth and its suburbs developed while I slept. I didn’t think about its revolutionary impact, although I’ve admired street in other Australian cities and some country towns.

When I married for the second time almost eleven years ago, I moved from a vibrant, almost-inner suburb to a beach suburb further from the city. We moved again, a bit closer to Perth, but murals still did not  feature in the streetscapes.

The last time I really thought about it, people still called painting on walls vandalism. A very rare painter or a group of painters transformed public space or other people’s walls with acceptable art. Now whole cities have been transformed.

Below is a segment of a mural in Rowlands Street created by Tricia Stedman .

A body of philosophical and sociological writing grew up around the subject. Public art helps to create community. It creates a sense of well-being and identity.

The City of Subiaco, like other cities, embraced public art in all its forms. Murals in Subiaco abound, along with other street art. The city’s vision is

…to create a visible arts presence throughout the city with a public art program that engages artists’ creative ideas to celebrate the values of Subiaco.

To appreciate murals in Subiaco one needs to walk.

The physical action of walking is not the most fun thing I do, what with the aching knees and ankles, but I do love what happens when I walk, and so I do it regularly. Time to take a leaf out of Grandma Williams’ book. Or rather from her blog.

My walks form part of my living adventurously. I wrote about that here. I walk the streets, craning to see new sights in the streets and lanes.

More murals in Subiaco which I spotted a short way from home

I came upon these beauties  about a hundred metres from home, painted on the front and back of a low retaining wall, tucked, as you can see, behind a tree.

This sunny scene is on the side of a building which faces a car park. stylised koala bear and kangaroo on a new apartment block.

An abstract, tucked away on the side of a building.

Visitors to Subiaco can access the addresses of murals and other street art from the City of Subiaco site.

9 replies on “Murals in Subiaco Western Australia”

  1. Whilst on a visit to Brisbane last week, my brother took me to the Brisbane Powerhouse and around some lanes in South Brisbane to see some fabulous street art as Brisbane celebrates its Street Art Festival. Fabulous. Wish we had a similar festival in Perth. Or do we?

    1. Interesting question, Elizabeth. I went to Google to find out, but couldn’t find a festival, although apparently we have some impressive public art in Perth. I, too, have enjoyed the street art in Brisbane.

  2. Terrific subject – I had better open my eyes. Interesting thought that street art creates community, but I’m actually not surprised. And like you I enjoy and seek out street art in other cities❤️

    1. Now I’ve started looking, i seem to see it everywhere, paintings like the ones on the new build in Forrest Street to quite small pieces in lanes, car parks and unexpected places. Such an adventure.

    2. Since I started looking in Subiaco, I’ve found the most amazing walls, like the ones on the new buildings in Forrest Street to much smaller paintings on walls in unexpected places. Walking in Subiaco has become even more of an adventure.

    1. Once I started to see them, it seems they are everywhere, Amanda. John and I make a game of pointing them out to each other. My favourite is Tricia Stedman’s, although it is quite small compared to some of the others. Mr 8 might enjoy them, as well.

  3. Love the art! It’s one of the first things I think about when I think of inner city living. I’m still itching to see some on the car park wall in Roydhouse Street!

    1. Thanks for comment, Annie. Yes, The outlook on Roydhouse Street would be greatly enhanced with a mural or two. What amazes me still is how understated some of them are. They seem to grow on my consciousness, and then I wonder how I didn’t see them before.

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