Curtin University School of Design and the Built Environment

Curtin University has undergone a significant expansion to become a vibrant, mixed use hub that shifted away from the typical university campus paradigm. The new School of Design and the Built Environment (B418) at Curtin’s Bentley campus was part of this planned change. In 2020, Lendlease approached Apparatus to collaborate on two artwork projects that have become integral to characterising the culture of the site and the pedagogy of the building.

Kamsani Bin Salleh’s Winin Katidjin Bilya (Living Knowledge Stream) provided a unique opportunity to develop a collaborative project working with Aboriginal artists that could action both organisation’s Elevate Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP).

Artist Janet Laurence’s artwork Cliff, spans the interior foyer of the building, exhibiting local rocks, minerals, gemstones and crystals, representative of WA’s rich geological story.   

The public artworks capture WA’s unique history and character, offering the wider community a new interpretation of its past, present and future from the perspectives of these talented Australian artists.

Project Details


  • Curtin Bentley Campus, Western Australia


  • 2019 - 2022
  • Curtin University engaged Apparatus to undertake three significant public art projects for Curtin’s new School of Design and the Built Environment and Exchange live-in learning precinct.

    Helen is an excellent curator and project manager. The work of Apparatus is impeccable. The staff are mature and experienced, and they work incredibly hard to meet clients’ needs and those of the artist.

    In all of the Curtin projects Apparatus ensured the quality and merit of the artwork remained a high priority. We would be delighted to work with Apparatus again.

  • Chris Malcolm
  • Director
  • One of the many highlights in our work on Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment, was the opportunity to collaborate with Apparatus and the artists to realise the magnificent site-specific artworks.

    Apparatus provided assured guidance and fostered meaningful discussions to facilitate both the logistics and the artist’s creative input.

    Importantly, Apparatus was a strong advocate of the creative process. The artist, architecture and Curtin University’s vision and integrity were consistently front and centre.

  • Kah-Fai Lee
  • Principal

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Brookfield Place Renewal

Town Hall Art Installation

Clifton Park Urban Artwork

Subi East Noongar Six Seasons Markers

One The Esplanade Artworks

East Fremantle Public Art Strategy

Canning War Memorial Activation Artwork

Risely Street Roundabout Public Artwork

Liv Apartments Artwork

North Perth Robotopia

Midland Oval

Stirling Arts Events and Activation Strategy

Byford Rail Extension Public Artworks

Esperance Civic Centre

Esperance Civic Centre Artworks

Cottesloe Foreshore Renewal Public Art

Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium Mural

Weld Square

Canning War Memorial

Midland Child Advocacy Centre Public Artworks

Exchange Precinct Artworks

Koombana Bay Foreshore Public Art

Melville City Centre

Byford Rail Extension Public Art and Interpretive Plan

Newman Recreation Centre Mural

Goolugatup Heathcote Public Art Plan

Subi East Public Art Strategy and Planning

Belmont Park Public Art

Ocean Reef Marina Public Art and Interpretation Plan

Yanchep Rail Extension

Lakelands Station Artworks

Wadjemup / Rottnest West End Redevelopment Artworks

Grass trees

Bina Parkland Community Artworks

Perth Childrens Hospital Greenspace

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