Urban Art

Urban Art is not graffiti. It legal artwork where permission to mark the surface has been granted by the owner of the property. 

Urban Art projects are often done through local councils, schools, businesses and not-for-profit organisations. State Government and large corporations also take part in urban art projects. When done properly, urban art can play an important role in our community.


Urban Art projects can be used to prevent graffiti, often at "hotspot" places that are regularly graffitied.  There is strong evidence that urban art prevents graffiti throughout WA metropolitan local councils. However, there isn't much data available. Other benefits of urban art projects may include:


  • Improving the look of public spaces through exciting and innovative artworks
  • Bringing more people to visit unused spaces in the city
  • Improve the relationship between the artists and community
  • Improve the knowledge of artists about graffiti vandalism and consequences.

The State Graffiti Taskforce and WA Police Force have supported Urban Art projects to stop graffiti for many years. Community Grants have funded more than 50 projects throughout the state. Further information on grant funding for graffiti prevention can be found by clicking on the Funding opportunities page.

We've put together a guide for local councils and not-for-profit organisations on how to establish and run an urban art project. The guide covers different surfaces including public walls, bus shelters and privately owned properties. To read the guide please click Urban Art Guidelines.

For more information on running an Urban Art project, please see the Graffiti Management Toolkit.

Are you an Urban Artist or are you interested in being one? Find out more about getting involved in an Urban Art project.

 Image of mural painted on a wall

Picture: Example of Urban Art in Perth