Graffiti Sessions


Hosted by UCL Urban Laboratory, the Graffiti Dialogues Network at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and Southbank Centre, the Graffiti Sessions will gather a wide group of experts to debate issues surrounding graffiti. We aim to identify new horizons for future city strategies on graffiti and opportunities and challenges for evolving creative practice, towards places that are both safe and sociable.

The event comprises a three-day series of talks, workshops and panel debates exploring the evolving roles of graffiti and street art in the urban environment.

The ambition is to challenge deep-rooted preconceptions and speculation that have until now limited the progress of both policy and practice related to street art and graffiti. Bringing together key institutions and individuals, the project will establish an open and sustainable discussion forum for the exchange of a broad scope of viewpoints and positions on street art and graffiti, and for the evaluation of their impacts on the quality of life for urban communities.


The full programme is still unknown, but it will be composed by three sessions:

DAY 1: The Illegal Sessions.

How can cops, courts and cleaning of graffiti be more economically and socially sustainable for the publics they serve?
What would improved spatial justice look like for the diverse groups affected by graffiti? This day will address structures for managing vandalism and graffiti, and theories of understanding relationships between design and crime, as well as activities supporting graffiti, and the roles of graffiti and street art in gentrification. We welcome associated case studies of innovative ways of designing, measuring and indicating success of diverse responses related to unsolicited on-street writing.

DAY 2: The Legal Sessions

Can street art and graffiti related practices support claims that they can resocialise or regenerate cities and neighbourhoods?
What are the positive examples that can more transferably show the role of graffiti and street art in genuine regeneration? What are the most innovative ways of assessing the impact of street art, graffiti and urban creative practice on places and publics?

DAY 3: A Call to Action

How can artistic interventions or better management help people love places more? How do or could street art and graffiti contribute to making safer and more social places? What is it that promotes enjoyment – artistic interventions or the way such spaces are managed?
Contributors from the previous two days are invited to collaborative workshop sessions to: seek out the opposite of ‘anti-social’ and create proposals for pilot studies; commit to mutual support and identify specific opportunities for change, to better test, share and innovate responses related to street art and graffiti.
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