Cockburn Artwork

Drive Thru Art Gallery

The Cockburn Drive Thru Art Gallery consists of more than 30 public artworks across the City. 

Cockburn Central train station artwork

Prior to 21 October 2019 the controversial artwork commissioned and owned by Perth Transport Authority (PTA) comprised two giant faces on posters on the north and south facades of its Cockburn Central train station clock tower.

According to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, the PTA removed the artworks for safety reasons on 21 October. She said that PTA would fast track a public comment period about future options for its tower at Cockburn Central train station.

In 2014, Cockburn Council voted to carry a motion to:

  • Support the continuing use of the tower to display public art
  • Support the currently blank sides of the tower to be used for advertising, particularly if it included a clock face

The City has reminded PTA that the public art component was an obligation under the State Government’s Percentage for Art Policy, committed as part of the development of the Cockburn Central railway station.

Thousands of local community members have embraced the opportunity to have their say on what they would like to see installed on the Cockburn Station Tower.
The survey offered four options from which respondents could choose - a new piece of artwork, a clock, a digital screen, or the return of the controversial but long-standing Cockburn Faces artwork.
There were 2,413 entries received in total, with 43 per cent opting for a new piece of artwork. Some of the common themes suggested included indigenous artwork, native fauna, flora or landscapes, and works created by local artists.
Thirty-seven per cent of respondents preferred the analogue clock, while the digital advertising screen and restoration of the faces received 12 and eight per cent support, respectively.
With the preferred option now chosen, the Public Transport Authority will put out a call through Tenders WA in the coming months for local Western Australian artists to enter their designs.
Submissions will be shortlisted to three, with the shortlist to go out to a community vote.  
The process to select the preferred local artist to create the artwork for the Cockburn Station tower is outlined below:
1.       Submissions are now open and will close on August 2. More information can be found here opens in a new window.
2.       Selection panel to shortlist artists.
3.       Community to select preferred artwork via survey.
Public Transport Authority customer service team on 13 62 13 or

Poppies on Cockburn street signs

The universally recognised red poppy symbol will adorn selected signs in the City of Cockburn where streets have been named in honour of individuals and families involved in war or peace-keeping efforts. Red poppy stickers have been added to more than 100 Cockburn street signs named after a local person, family or other related war or peace-keeping activity or commemorative event. Suburbs where streets have received the special stickers are Atwell, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Cockburn Central, Coolbellup, Coogee, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Jandakot, Munster, North Coogee, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup and Yangebup.

Cockburn artist database

The City is designing an artist database for all our arts, events and heritage community from performing to writing to visual and everything in between. This database will allow Cockburn artists to promote themselves, groups and their artforms. Want to know more about art in Cockburn? Email your name, phone number, address to with the Subject: ‘Artists Database’ to be included on the database.

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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.