Graffiti Intervention Strategy For Caringbah High School

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Report 2: Graffiti intervention strategy for Caringbah High School

The North Campus of Caringbah High School is an abandoned building in Caringbah, New South Wales (NSW) that is used for recreational art by the community, also known as graffiti (Walker and Johnston, 2014). The building is considered private property, and is not classified as a legal sanction for graffiti. However, this building has the potential to become a legal mural for the Caringbah community. This report will outline the positive impacts that can occur from legal graffiti murals and positive attitudes towards graffiti within a community.

Reason for intervention:
The mural intervention was chosen as a sole focus within this report due to the occurrence of positive feedback
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Legitimate murals can encourage artists to use their talents for a more lawful and social suitable activity. Halsey and Young (2002) suggest “councils [can] run workshops to improve the techniques of those interested in legal graffiti” (p. 179). Halsey and Young (2002) provide the example of Parramatta and Warringah Councils, which provide “classes… taught by former writers of illegal graffiti; [which] include [the] History of Graffiti Art, Lettering Design and Layout, Spraycan and Nozzle Techniques and Character Development” (p. 179). Classes such as these can be introduced into the Caringbah …show more content…
There is always the risk that graffiti murals may convey the wrong idea to graffiti artists, and in return, will encourage artists to use their new skills from classes to graffiti illegally (Callinan, 2002). Callinan (2002) also argues that graffiti artists may not perceive graffiti as an art, instead graffiti artists may reject legal murals due to the “fundamental nature of graffiti” (p. 13), which consists of completing an illegal activity to gain social status and superiority. In contrast, these barriers can be prevented by introducing experienced graffiti artists into the intervention program to educate young graffiti artists on the advantages of expressing themselves through lawful art. These advantages include; a sense of belonging to a familiar community, becoming a part of a sub-culture, straying away from illegal activities and anti-social behaviour, commission (whether they are given payment for creating murals or have their supplies payed for) and employment opportunities (Transport and Urban Planning,

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