When we started our Urban Art Project in 2008 the PTA was spending slightly more than $2.7million per year to remove graffiti and window scratching. That’s an awful lot of money we could have used to improve services.

Right Track spoke to young people about this real business problem that was also making our customers feel unsettled.

Young people told us that they didn’t like scratching and tagging either but they respected aerosol artists with real talent.

We kind of agreed with them.

But when we started researching projects, we couldn’t find any information anywhere – of a government agency that’d committed to an art project on the scale we wanted to ever before. Our plan was to pair internationally-recognised artists with young people to create art and to experience what it was like to work on a professional project.

It was a big risk – and we couldn’t be prouder of the results. Since then we’ve:

  • Created more than 30 murals
  • Given more than 50 young people an opportunity to work with their idols
  • Inspired other governments agencies to try urban art projects
  • Proved to the head honchos and local councils that it works, by decreasing the graffiti clean-up bill by 40% over two years

We’re always looking for ideas for urban art and youth organisations who are interested in running a program on or adjacent to the rail line. If you’d like to register for updates, send us your details to therighttrack@pta.wa.gov.au