The theme of the exhibition was 'Respect - what that means to you and your community'.
In this program the young people involved learnt that part of getting respect is giving respect. It gave them the opportunity to get respect in different ways, to work as a team and to learn new skills at the same time.
Workshops were held with professional aerosol artist Sam Evans who assisted the group to develop and refine their techniques and develop their own art portfolios. The group were encouraged to extend their view of urban art further than hip-hop graffiti. It showed that some of the graffiti that we may see on the streets can be more easily thought of as art when it is contained by the edges of a canvas and appropriately displayed.
On completion of the program these young people were given the opportunity to work with Council's Graffiti Program Co-ordinator to channel their creative energy into "legal" aerosol community art pieces on selected sites throughout the City of Playford. Watch this space for further projects.
Papers relating to graffiti as an art form were presented at the 2003 Graffiti and Disorder Conference (local government, law enforcement and community responses) http://www.aic.gov.au/conferences/2003-graffiti/#papers
Young people and other community members who are seeking legal surfaces to put up artwork and graffiti 'pieces' are encouraged to contact Council's Graffiti Program Coordinator on 8256 0228.