Perfect Match applications more than doubled

Tuesday 4 October 2022

Inner West Council’s Perfect Match street art program has gone gangbusters with more than double the number of applications from property owners and artists received in this year’s round. In response to the overwhelming demand, Council will increase funding for the program by 20 per cent.

Council received 112 applications from artists and 85 applications from property owners across the Local Government Area.

Perfect Match is a unique Council initiative tackling unwanted graffiti and fostering legitimate creative expression and art in public spaces. The program brings artists, residents, businesses, property owners and community partners together to collaboratively create fantastic new street artworks in public places.

Perfect Match has been in action since 2014, and has continued to flourish over the years, becoming one of Australia's best-loved street art programs.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said, “we’ve received an avalanche of new applications for artists and property owners which shows that Perfect Match is really rising to new heights.”

“We are increasing funding for Perfect Match by 20 per cent to make sure this burst of new interest isn’t wasted.

“This additional funding will go towards enhancing the Perfect Match program through mentorship of emerging artists, fostering legitimate creative expression, and creating site-specific large-scale paintings in even more public spaces.

“This is just one of the many steps we are planning to take to support our creative community and help our vibrant arts scene find a way forward after two years of the pandemic.

“It is part of our mission to make the Inner West the street art capital of Australia.

“We’re excited to see more and more street art throughout the Inner West through our expanded Perfect Match program” Mayor Byrne said.

The next round of Perfect Match applications will open 1 July 2023.

Find out more about Perfect Match at

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