Public art: Bringing Midland Gate to life

08 Aug 2018

As part of our $100million expansion, Midland Gate is investing in world-class public art projects. We have worked with a wide range of partners and artists, both locally and from across the state, to add vibrancy and life to the Centre.


Midland Gate chose NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) to announce it had commissioned Aboriginal artist Mandy White to create a sculptural artwork for the revitalised Cale Street dining precinct.  We worked with DAADA, an organisation that provides access to arts and culture for people with disabilities or lived experiences of mental illness, to secure the partnership.

Mandy will be providing a sculptural piece based on stories of mythical bush creatures that have been passed down from her grandmother.  This artwork is expected to be unveiled on Cale Street in late 2018.


Bringing the wall on The Crescent to life, Chris Nixon was commissioned to install an 80m long mural (pictured above).  Perth based, Chris' work can be seen all around Perth from Optus Stadium through to the Oxford Hotel.  In developing the concept for the mural, Chris looked to local flora and fauna, Midland icons and the natural environment.  He has also incorporated the existing mature trees into the design to give the mural multiple levels.

Chris is now on-site and you can see this mural taking shape by clicking below:


In what is believed to be a Perth-first, Midland Gate will install a 'living mural' by Perth-born, Sydney-based artist, "Beastman".  Facing Lloyd Street, this multi-dimensional mural will feature real plants, timber, steel and hand-painted areas.  He drew inspiration from the Swan River, the local landscape and the Midland Railway Workshops. All plants used in this mural are locally sourced and water-wise.

Work will commence on the 'living mural' shortly and is expected to be unveiled in late 2018.



Working with local Noongyar, Vaughan McGuire, the Centre's statement entrance will depict traditional Aboriginal hunting equipment and plants.  Working with a Perth-based perforated metal manufacturer, Vaughan's design will feature markings that are unique to our region.

Work has commenced on these artworks and the unveiling will occur as part of the Centre's grand opening in mid-November.