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FORM is an independent, non-profit arts organisation that harnesses creativity to generate richer places, community, and cultural life.
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  • Aberline Attwood
    March 22 at 8:26pm
    Is there going to be a PUBLIC2017?
  • Davina Farinola
    February 14 at 5:56pm
    CALLING ALL ARTISTS, makers, crafters, designers, artisans and creat...ors that author their PRODUCTS and sell their CRAFT themselves. Of any age and experience level Grab a cuppa, fill in the attached survey, and help us learn about the value you place on your time, effort, education, skills, PRODUCTS & CRAFT. Are the SKILLS/TIME of makers, crafters, designers, artists and artisans, seen and valued by the makers & creators themselves? Do makers believe that their time and CRAFT is as valuable as say - a qualified mechanic, or an employee of a corporation? Do we have an epidemic of makers undervaluing their goods OR are we well on our way to building a healthy community of makers that form a strong part of our commerce? See More
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Can architecture actually make a difference in the lives of the people who use it? Michael Murphy and his team at MASS Design Group believe so. Take a look at their designs.
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Featuring the homegrown talents of Stormie Mills, Fintan Magee, Twoone and Scott Marsh.

The Most Beaut Street Art Murals To Stop By In Australia's Capital Cities
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Robyn Walshe
· February 28, 2017
A spectacular exhibition (Levels) Layers of meaning in every piece. The elaborate detail to perfectly form and express the messages Traxker Mischer have for us. (The insects in the lit jars were mesmerizing.) I had to visit twice!
Amanda Hendry
· April 8, 2016
After being a massive fan of Form and their projects and progress in this state, I have recently lost all faith and trust in their agenda. Public2016 has unfor...tunately used wall art installations (murals with a background in street art where art is normally used to transform undesirable locations to great effect) to indefinitely mark Curtin buildings of recognised architectural/cultural significance (as per local heritage listing). Artists have been engaged to treat important architectural facades as blank canvases for vibrant works, where fashionable imagery has been valued as of greater importance than these ambitiously designed, very well constructed and previously intact, important collection of 'Brutalist' buildings. As a Curtin ilumni and Perth creative, I'm appalled at what I percieve this program says about our Perth creative capital, which is apparently not all equally respected or valued. I hope Form can engage in this current conversation to ensure these sentiments don't occur regarding future programs. See More
Jonathan Paxman
· April 9, 2016
What an inspired way to transform blank, boring concrete walls into something stunning and to encourage conversations with local and international artists. I wo...rk at Curtin, and this project has transformed the campus. I took my kids in today, and they loved it, asking questions of the artists and really engaging with the work. My ten year old spent some time sketching one of the works, and my five year old demanded to get the paints out as soon as we got home. See More
Bevan Clark
· April 13, 2016
Love the artwork. It has transformed dull concrete into interesting, vibrant environments which act as inspiration to all people that view them. Will bring th...e family to campus.

For those that like brutalist architecture, there are still plenty of dull, oppressive, rough, grey concrete walls on campus. Notably 201 is untouched by the paint brush.

I spoke with Chris Nixon who designed his piece to work in complement with the the rough texture and linearity of the off form ceiling. Could be seen as an interpretation and enhancement of that form of architecture.
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Frazer Macfarlane
· April 11, 2016
Disappointed about what has happened to the wonderful brutalist buildings at Curtin University. These were not dead spaces needing revitalisation. Off-form conc...rete is expensive and requires skill to do, but makes for a resilient and lasting wall that weathers nicely as part of the landscape. Paint fades and flakes, but never really comes off, looking cheap and shoddy. These buildings will never be the same again. I thought PUBLIC 2015 was problematic - but this took it to a whole new level. #curtinuniversity #formwa #public2016 #brutalism #betonbrut See More
Susan Nguyen
· April 12, 2016
Very disappointing and distressing to see Form's PUBLIC 2016 program unfold at Curtin University.
Wonderful buildings ruined in a matter of days by such shallow... means without any acknowledgement or respect for Vin Davies or the people who crafted these buildings admired by many.
The lack of sensitivity shown by an organisation such as FORM and Curtin University for it's own architecture is concerning. These buildings form a part of our architectural heritage and part of my own history.
Architecture is forever and stands the test of time. What happens years from now when the paint fades and the off form concrete has been forever ruined? I fear it is too late for these beloved buildings but hope the discussion generated by these events will at least encourage Form to reconsider/carefully consider any future PUBLIC campaigns.
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Shiloh Perry
· April 9, 2016
Honesty devastated at the lack of respect Form WA are showing the historical brutalist architecture at Curtin University.
Form you have really fckd up on this ...one. These timeless facades have been destroyed by your lack of care to research. Even worse many other examples of brutalist architecture have been knocked in Perth from the lack of understanding. These were some of the few left we could enjoy, better yet we could study in create and learn. You and the artists brought from all over the world really need to take a long hard look at what you have done. #norespectformWA See More
Rachel Frere
· April 7, 2016
Form has made some very bad decisions.
Artists have the responsibility to know when its best to leave things well alone.
The concrete walls are far better art than the paint thats being slapped on them now.
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Annette Cameron
· October 20, 2014
Form change lives, our senses are brought to life through Art and Creativity.
Our hearts beat with a strength we thought had been lost, as slowly we are filled ...with a sense of accomplishment we felt May never be a part of us again.
Just a little in a lost life can impact in away that sometimes can be very unexpected but never forgotten by those of us who got the chance to be apart of their projects.
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Corinne Therese
· July 13, 2014
I had a great day yesterday during the Public Art Walk. Thanks to Margot and Belinda for sharing some interesting info on the artists. I really liked the fun an...ecdotes about the painting process each artist went through. I had not been into town or Northbridge for ages and it was fabulous to see how things have improved and how the street art encourages culture in our gorgeous city. See More
Leonie Matthews
· April 9, 2016
I am at a loss to find the words to describe how disappointed I am by what FORM WA & Curtin University have done to the campus. A collection of brutalist architecture now irreversibly disfigured for the sake of a quick fix approach to place activation through the Public 2016 programme.
B.b. Logan
· April 12, 2016
great work you guys have done at Curtin uni - really fantastic artwork and talented artists. thanks for setting up the event :)
Pete Hill
· April 8, 2016
Blocked from their 'Creative Conversation' for posting this...
'A significant, considered, venerable building that promotes a higher standard of consideration for our designed and constructed world now ret-conned as a canvas for vibrancy.'
Hillary Lambert
· April 15, 2016
The feedback from students, staff and visitors to FORM PUBLIC CAMPUS 2016 at Curtin has been overwhelmingly positive - the stunning works have added a new layer... of cultural heritage we are incredibly proud to have and one that has already tangibly lifted the atmosphere and, wonderfully, the level of engagement between colleagues and students - as strangers and friends share a moment to chat about the work as it catches their eye and their imagination - gives them pause to stop and think and reflect on place - including the beautiful off-form concrete which is still everywhere you look - unadorned - respected and revered as it should be. This project was never about 'covering up' the concrete - only a tiny percentage of the walls have new works on them - it was about bringing more beauty and vibrancy into lives. It is an interesting debate - I have been a bit surprised by it, I think understandably Perth architects have a particular sensitivity about cultural heritage because everyone regrets too much CBD history bulldozed in the early days ... and as a trained designer who has spent 20 years in the arts in Perth I respect that and understand it - I was in Sydney recently and felt when admiring the heritage architecture. I've realised its exciting that in 2016 we can we can be having the same debate that has faced centuries of artists... what was once maligned and dismissed and even illegal comes into its own time of reverence... I find it interesting that some feel certain artforms have some how had 'their day',... I harken back to those whole movements that some of the artistic elite tried to dismiss as fads... Impressionism, Cubism - imagining Catholic traditionalists raging when Michelangelo first started his 'murals' on the built from! I don't mean to be flippant... however the calibre of these artists' work is exceptional, many of them classically trained (not that is makes one great but as a learning institution perhaps relevant...) and to suggest that the work of a visual artist is somehow lesser than an artist of the built form - it blew me away when I had an architect refer to the works as the 'appearance of superficial creativity' - just shows the 'poles' are alive in their differences as they've ever been! Perhaps the only salve for some will be that FORM PUBLIC CAMPUS 2016 will only adorn about 2% of Curtin's iconic off-form concrete - so there is plenty left in legacy... funny when I was a Curtin student it was known disaffectionately as as a 'concrete jungle' - it's built form so maligned in its comparison to UWA - so it has actually been wonderful to know how much Curtin's architecture means to the community. What everyone needs to remember though is that we are for the students, to do everything we can to improve the experience they have in studying with us in ways that enhance their ability to learn, supports their social learning and cares for their being - that means balancing the best of our cultural heritage with the best new ways to learn and live. I loved over hearing a student mentioning to another today how nice it was to look up and see something interesting and new instead just all that concrete - so on balance I thinking we're winning hearts and minds! See More
Reece Harley
· April 18, 2015
The most inspirational, fantastic and innovative civic organisation in Perth devoted to creativity and leading debates about what makes a great city.
Karoline Kolman
· November 26, 2015
Many ideas came out of PUBLIC 2015 by FORM and by the looks of it 2016 will be BIG at FORM with PUBLIC PLATFORM and other initiatives. So exciting!!
Daniel Mitchell Ngawaka
· April 12, 2015
Grateful for the opportunity to be apart of this great experience! Yewww!
Kaye Styles
· June 28, 2015
Such lovely work you guys!!! Making WA a truly spectacular place ❤️
Di Cai
· March 9, 2016
Curtin to become the canvas for internationally acclaimed street artists
Matt Biocich
· June 19, 2014
Always highly impressed with Form's projects and their contribution to the Arts in Western Australia!! :)
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Drawing influence from the Western Australian landscape, the recently completed Crown Towers Perth by Bates Smart features refined detailing along with an exhaustive collection of art procured by FORM

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Drawing influence from the Western Australian landscape, the recently completed Crown Towers in Perth by Bates Smart features refined detailing, along with an exhaustive collection of art procured by FORM
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"With a “Place Activation” team and an intimate understanding of how quality-of-place leads to innovation, creativity, and comfort—all elements conducive to higher learning—Perth’s Curtin University is a model of thinking outside the box (and the lecture hall) with placemaking."

In Perth, AUS, Curtin University is a model for how to think outside the box (and the lecture hall) with placemaking.
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"Mr Boston warns the west could slide back into the obscurity we all chafe against if arts funding isn't boosted "

"Whilst we welcome the development of new cultural infrastructure it needs people and programs to activate it. It's pointless building temples if there's no-one inside them to celebrate the communal liturgy."
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At just 12 years old, Layne Dhu Dickie from the Spinifex Hill Studio will be the youngest artist to feature in Fremantle Arts Centre's Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market. Meet the creator behind Captain Hedland alongside fellow Spinifex Hill Artists Victor Burton and Adina Newman.

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Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery added 2 new photos.

At just 12 years old, Layne Dhu Dickie from the Spinifex Hill Artists, will be the youngest artist to feature in the Fremantle Arts Centre's REVEALED exhibition...!

You can meet the creator behind Captain Hedland at next Saturday's West End Markets, where his comics will be available for sale and signing!

ARTIST SIGNING | Saturday, 25th March
4:15pm - 5:00pm
5:30pm - 6:15pm
Next to the Spinifex Hill Studios stall, ANZ carpark

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Ever visited Port Hedland ? Lived there? Been FIFO? Enter the running for a $1000 voucher to the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery just by taking this short community survey.

After several years in Port Hedland delivering programs like the West End Markets and running facilities like the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, the Visitor Centre, and the Spinifex Hill Studios, FORM is evaluating what has worked well and what we can improve on. We also want a renewed sense of wh...
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Ian Dowling's rippling, three storey wall of ceramic tiles, Floating On Air, which was commissioned through FORM for St John of God Midland Public & Private Hospitals, has been selected for CODAworx magazine’s March issue, Transformative Walls III.

The brief for the project was to create a calming artwork for this three storey void space, which provides a constant point of interest in the hospital foyer. The work is approximately 12m high x 8m wide. The piece consists of hundreds of individual cast ceramic tiles, each hand glazed.
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"Modern mural making is gaining momentum on our urban streetscapes as an increase in private and public commissions is matched by a bid to return public art to the people."

The urbanite’s thirst for art and design is being quenched by a wave of new works for the public’s consumption, and a review of public art laws could take them from ephemeral to future-proof.
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"What we're saying is that building owners should be able to decide, 'I want this to be a street art wall'."

A proposal to reduce the paperwork needed to commission street art on walls has been passed by the City of Sydney.
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FORM shared a link.
Exclusive: British artist launches Walled Off hotel in hope of bringing Israeli tourists – and dialogue – to West Bank city
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Loving that the street art scene is becoming as synonymous with Perth as beaches and Bon Scott

A wave of construction is transforming the West Australian capital, while Rottnest Island and Fremantle continue to delight
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FORM added 28 new photos — with Tahmina Maskinyar-Scolt and 8 others.

823 by TA-KU powered by Dropbox with Sam Price. Opened Thursday, 23 February and extended until Saturday, 4th March. Thank you to our sponsors, Little Creatures Brewing and Clairault Streicker Wines. See it at Form Gallery Perth, 10am-5pm. Photographs by Jessica Wyld Photography. Ta-ku, Dropbox Naik

"Crown Towers Perth and FORM appointed 35 Australian artists to take part in this massive project, 20 of which are WA artists. In doing this, Crown Perth is not only providing their clientele with a beautiful setting, but also keeping culture and the arts alive in Perth – in an unexpected and generous fashion." - with Avenoir & Alister Yiap

Crown Perth still maintains its lavish reputation as an opulent resort but also as an artistic exhibition space. The grand complex in Burswood has, since its inception, been seen as the pinnacle of luxury in Perth, and its sizeable walls are a perfect place to be adorned with art. Avenoir was lucky…
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