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Graffiti Selly Oak Birmingham August 2022

Graffiti Selly Oak Bournbrook Skate Park Birmingham August 2022





























Selly Oak - A voluntary youth project was established in 1984 to work with graffiti
artists and oversee a live permission wall. It hasn’t been actively managed since
1994 and residents report tagging ‘spread to every available surface in the park

Many of the participants were unclear, but it
appears that a recreation park in Selly Oak
was made a legal graffiti zone by Birmingham
City Council in 1984. The site itself was a wall
at the back of the park, by the baseball courts,
overlooked by a cul-de-sac. A voluntary
youth project was set up to work with graffiti
artists and an informal code of conduct was
developed. Prior to undertaking the graffiti,
sketches had to be submitted to the
youth worker for approval. The site was
cleaned annually.
Although initially successful, the project has
not been actively managed since 1994 and
anecdotal feedback from residents suggests
it has made the problem worse. Tagging has
now spread to almost every available surface
in the park and there are more kids than ever
before hanging around.

 

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