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NEW: ALL PRESENTATIONS OF: Graffiti Sessions. London

December 03, 2014 to December 05, 2014

The Graffiti Sessions: The Art and Justice of Sociable Cities. 
Questioning value, creativity and control in relation to street art and graffiti


An open international event, bringing together artists, writers, community members, urban managers, authorities, academics and policy makers to discuss and create the futures of street art and graffiti.


Southbank Centre‘ s Purcell Room

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road


  • Multiple well known artists

  • ALISON YOUNG on street art and public cities

  • ADAM COOPER on strategies for informal urban practices
  • CHANTAL MOUFFE on agonistic public spaces
  • ROBYN BUSEMAN on using arts for transformation

  • DEVON OSTROM on billboard fees for arts practice

  • JEFF FERRELL on crimes of style

  • CAMERON MCAULIFFE on order and disorder in public space
  • Plus graffiti managers, authorities and … watch this space for more.

DAY 1: The Illegal Sessions.

How can cops, courts and cleaning of graffiti be more economically and socially sustainable for the publics they serve?  

How are graffiti and street art being managed or afforded in contemporary cities? Are public resources being well used and if not how should this be improved? What would improved spatial and social justice look like for the diverse groups implicated by graffiti and street art?

Day 1 will address structures for managing vandalism, graffiti and unsolicited street art, and discuss the changing relationships between art, design and crime.

DAY 2: The Legal Sessions

Can street art and graffiti practices support claims that they can resocialise, regenerate or otherwise revitalize cities and neighborhoods?  

What evidence is there to demonstrate the roles that graffiti and street art play in urban transformation and improvement of places? What already exists, and what are the most innovative ways of assessing the positive and negative impacts of street art and graffiti on places and publics?

Day 2 will explore what different practitioners, authorities, policy-makers and researchers can do to document and share positive examples, to better inform the future.

DAY 3: A Call to Action

How should policy and practice shift, to take account of contemporary perceptions of graffiti and street art? What approaches could better represent the diverse communities affected?

How could street art and graffiti contribute to making safer and more social cities?  What methods could better indicate where uncommissioned urban practices detract from or add to environments and communities?  What are the next steps?

Day 3 includes collaborative workshop sessions to: identify specific opportunities for change; commit to mutual support; seek out the opposite of ‘anti-social’, and start to define ideas and proposals for pilots – to better test, share and innovate responses related to street art and graffiti.

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