Urban Art, unlike graffiti vandalism, is legal artwork where permission to mark the surface has been granted by the owner of the property.
Urban Art projects are often completed through local councils, schools, businesses and not for profit organisations. State Government agencies and large corporations also participate in urban art projects, recognising that when undertaken properly, urban art can play an important role in our community.
Urban Art can be used as a graffiti prevention strategy, often most effective at hotspot locations. Anecdotal evidence of the success in urban art as a graffiti prevention strategy is very strong throughout WA metropolitan local councils, although there is limited empirical data available. Other benefits of undertaking urban art projects may include:
- The development of artistic skills in legal settings;
- Enhance public spaces through exciting and innovative artworks;
- Improve the rapport between the artists and community; and to
- Enhance the participant knowledge on the issues surrounding graffiti vandalism and associated consequences.
The State Graffiti Taskforce and WA Police Force have supported Urban Art projects as a graffiti prevention strategy for a number of years. Community Grants have funded more than 50 projects throughout the state. A few of these projects are featured in the Urban Art Gallery. Further information on grant funding for graffiti prevention can be found by clicking on the Funding Opportunities page.
Click to view a study of Urban Art as a Graffiti Prevention Strategy.
To view a guide for local councils and non-for-profit organisations on how to establish and run an urban art project on different surfaces including public walls, bus shelters and privately owned properties please click Urban Art Guidelines.
For more information on planning and implementing an Urban Art project, please see the Graffiti Management Toolkit.
Are you an Urban Artist or are you interested in being one? Click here to find out more about getting involved in an Urban Art project.