UCL Urban Laboratory


Graffiti Sessions launches this December

28 November 2014

Graffiti Sessions is a three-day event that welcomes authorities, academics, policymakers, artists, writers, community members and urban managers to come together in order to question value, creativity and control in relation to street art and graffiti

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You can sign up for tickets at graffitisessions.com/register. If you are a staff member or student at a university, or UCL Alumni, you can purchase a one-day ticket and receive entrance for the other two days complimentary (to benefit, you must email Chloe Griffith c.griffith@csm.arts.ac.uk to confirm which additional days you would like to attend for free).



3rd December, Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre

Adam Cooper from the London Mayor's office, author and cultural criminologist Alison Young, Detective Constable Colin Saysell plus well known UK street artists amongst other high profile urban managers and creatives, join together to discuss "How 'cops, courts and cleaning' of graffiti can be more economically and socially sustainable for the publics they serve?"

4th December, UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture

Author and political theorist Chantal Mouffe, plus speakers including Alice Pasquini, NuArt, Global Street Art, with other artists, leading academics and urbanists, to ask "Can street art and graffiti practices support claims that they can resocialise, regenerate or otherwise revitalize cities and neighborhoods?"

5th December, LVMH Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins

Keynotes include Robyn Buseman from Philadelphia Mural Arts programme, Devon Ostrom from Toronto's Beautiful City Arts Alliance. Also workshops sessions feeding from discussions held during the first two days of the event aimed to understand "How should policy and practice shift, to take account of contemporary perceptions of graffiti and street art, and what approaches could better represent the diverse communities affected?"

This international event based in London brings together three of the most influential centres of arts and learning in the world; UCL, Central Saint Martins and Southbank Centre. The event is organised by Sabina Andron and Dr. Ben Campkin from the UCL Urban Laboratory, Marcus Willcocks and Prof. Lorraine Gamman from the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art. Funded by the Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, and the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at CSM.

Full programme: graffitisessions.com/programme