GREAT spaces provide positive outcomes for young artists

THE GREAT (Graffiti Removal, Education & Arts Together) Spaces project for the Brighton municipality is nearing completion.

The works have now formed a mini arts trail in the community, and can be found at Old Beach, Gagebrook, Bridgewater and Brighton.

Some of the wonderful artworks that now form the GREAT spaces project.

 Council services officer Cathy Harper who has been involved with the project said several community artists were employed to work with local youth to develop a concept and then undertake the artwork as part of the federally funded grant from the Proceeds of Crime monies to fight graffiti in the municipality.

The grant had three components; the purchase of a high pressure trailer mounted washer; and education program that was conducted throughout all the schools in the municipality and the artworks undertaken by community members in youth participation.

“Employing artists has provided many youth in the area to experience undertaking positive street art work under the guidance of professionals and the opportunity to gain skills in an environment that they would not normally be able to access,” Cathy said.

The artists involved in the project were The Glimar Man (Robi Adams), Lisa Rudd and Tom Welch, all of whom worked extremely well with the youth and their input into this project has been extremely positive.

“The community has seen a significant reduction in the graffiti levels with Council being able to remove graffiti in a faster and more efficient method by using the trailer mounted pressure washer.

“I am really happy to see the end result of more than 18 months work.  The involvement with the youth has been extremely positive and the education program was very well received by all schools with the report from the program deliverer providing some interesting and positive outcomes.”

The artworks are located and include a clay mural at the Old Beach Community Centre toilet block, art panels and garden wall at the Community Health Centre in Green Point Rd, new artwork/murals at both the Bowden Rd and Paice St underpasses, and the East Derwent Highway underpass has received a rejuvenation, and Seymour St playground toilet block artwork.

Brighton Council would also like to thank all students and youth groups who participated in this project.  They included the Old Beach Scouts Group, East Derwent Primary, St Pauls Catholic School, and the Jordan River Learning Federation students.