Cops, kids, cans and a worthy campaign

February 11th, 2013

We watched the weather forecast with fearful anticipation. Having had sunny, but chilly and dry conditions during the week, we wondered if we’d be lucky enough for it to last for our live paint across 2 locations on Saturday 9th February in Brighton.

Thankfully, although it was rather damp at times and not massively sunny, our team of around 25 people remained undeterred and we started painting at Bagelman, Bond Street and Costa Coffee, London Road at about 11.00am.

Snub23 led the group on the Bond St wall and Sinna One, the Costa wall. Both sites drew lots of attention and crowds during the live painting as people were keen to find out more about the project and watch the designs develop. The final designs were a combination of the collective ideas of our 16 young people, who we have been working with for around the last month.

Our artists were able to interpret these ideas and translate them into 2 very different murals that reflected the groups they were working with, as well as their own style. Both walls gave a clear message about why young people should not feel alone if faced with a potential situation or environment impacted by domestic abuse, whether themselves or anyone they know.

This was the Bagelman wall on Bond Street, team led by Snub23

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Everyone we spoke to thought it was a great idea and BBC South East came down to find out more and so we made the 7.00pm news! You can see a video of that on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4957301584710.

The Argus came down to take some pics and because of the high profile locations, it was just great to be at the heart of the Brighton community – it was exactly the point of the project. On that note, we must say a HUGE thank you to Anthony and Mark at Bagelman, Bond Street and to City Centre Manager, Soozie Campbell, who was a great help and enabled us to secures this wall; and to Andy Westwood at Costa Coffee, London Road who just got it right from the start and was behind us all the way. Without their support and willingness to let us use their walls, none of this could have happened. It was great that both businesses recognised the value and importance of the project and for that we salute them. The success of many of our street art projects rely on people thinking this way and allowing us to use the space. We look forward to working with both of them again in the future.

Costa Coffee wall, London Road, Brighton

Costa Coffee, London Road, Brighton

If you’re wondering where the heck this project came from in the first place, it’s part of a long-term capmpaign by Sussex Police to raise awareness about domestic abuse and encourage reporting.

The term “domestic abuse” currently only applies to adults, but from next month (March 2013) the definition will be widened to include 16 and 17-year olds.

Here’s an excerpt from the coverage the project got on the BBC website:

“Police said young people were often unaware that domestic abuse included intimidating and controlling behaviour.

It was the latest stage of the force’s Talk To Us, We Can Help campaign, which is focusing on encouraging people of both sexes to report incidents of domestic abuse.

Det Sgt Laurence Cartwright said: “Domestic abuse can be in many forms – not just physical harm, but intimidation through controlling behaviour, harassment and threats.

“It is difficult for people, perhaps more so for young people who are not used to being in a relationship, to recognise that the way their partner is behaving towards them is actual abuse and is not acceptable.

“What we would like people to do is talk to us or if they can’t talk to us, then talk to someone.

“Abuse is something you do not have to put up with.”

We couldn’t agree more, so we’re really proud to have been part of something that aims to support young people to talk about this more and feel supported.

We couldn’t sign off without saying a huge thanks to everyone who helped this project come to life.

To Brighton Youth Centre for their support and allowing us to use the centre as a venue, to the organisations that let us use their walls, Bagelman and Costa, to all of the young people that took part – they were amazing – it’s not an easy topic! To our artists for their hard work, patience and designs, to the rest of the WPP team, specifically Charlie Allsebrook, CSR and Community Relations Queen, to Jo from Frank Communications who brought us into this project, to the police for having the vision and confidence in us to see that this could work and that this kind of creativity can be such a good way to get all types of people involved in important community messages.

You can see more on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wetpaintproductions

And you can show your support for the campaign on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkToUsWeCanHelp

 

News flash! Police street art live paint

February 8th, 2013
Official press release from Sussex Police about the street art/domestic abuse live paint

Some people may look forward to spending Valentines Day with their loved ones – exchanging special gifts and perhaps a romantic meal. For others in relationships, it may highlight that all is not well.

In the latest stage of the force’s  ‘Talk To Us, We Can Help’ campaign, which is focusing on encouraging people to report incidents of domestic abuse, Sussex Police are keen to hear from young people of both sexes who are experiencing such abuse.

At present most calls for help over domestic abuse do not come from teenagers, but police and partners believe that they can still face problems in their relationships and are seeking to bring this issue more into the open. It may that today’s teenagers don’t realise that domestic abuse can include intimidating and controlling behaviour, over which they are less likely to approach adults for help.

Detective Sergeant Laurence Cartwright said: “Domestic abuse can be in many forms – not just physical harm, but intimidation through controlling behaviour, harassment and threats. It is difficult for people, perhaps more so for young people who are not used to being in a relationship, to recognise that the way their partner is behaving towards them is actual abuse and is not acceptable. What we would like people to do is talk to us or if they can’t talk to us, then talk to someone. Abuse is something you do not have to put up with.”

As part of the campaign, officers from Brighton’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and Anti Victimisation Unit, have been working with a number of young people from Brighton Youth Centre, and urban art agency Wet Paint Productions, to design and create commissioned street art murals which will seek to encourage other young people to report domestic abuse. The murals will be painted on the side walls of Bagelman on Bond Street and Costa Coffee on London Road on Saturday 9 February. Both businesses have given permission for their walls to be used and have been very supportive of the initiative.

PCSO Laura Hall from the Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “By working directly with young people, we have been able to engage with them and discuss the subject of domestic abuse in terms they understand. By taking their learning and understanding and turning it into artwork aimed at a similar age group, will help raise the profile of the issue and bring it in to the open.”

Fay MacDonald, Co-Founder of Wet Paint Productions, said: “The Police and street art might not seem like a natural partner at first, but this is about using spray paint to create powerful messages through art on walls. All activities are offered and delivered within a legitimate, responsible and safe environment. For this project, street art is being used as a creative and interactive way to bring different people together and explore challenging issues that affect communities. The young people, a group of 16 with an average age of 12, have responded brilliantly to this project. It’s not an easy topic, but they have applied their thinking and imagination really well to come up with some great visual ideas for the message and mural.”

This latest initiative is part of the continuing Sussex Police campaign to encourage more reporting of a range of personal crimes including domestic abuse. In December a 24-hour ‘tweetathon’ was viewed by over 75,000 people and over 8,000 people tuned in during the live web-chats with 129 questions submitted. During the same period more than 110 people reported incidents of domestic abuse, a 100% increase over the usual daily average.

During the following 2012/3 Christmas and New Year period, Sussex Police received an extra 33% of domestic abuse calls compared with the same period in the previous year, and police believe that this increase is at least in part due to increasing awareness of the issue through initiatives such as the tweetathon, and of the support which is available.

Sussex Policing and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said; “”I was elected on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse and this is one of my key priorities during my first year in office. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness and to prevent teenagers from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships. We want them to think about what is unacceptable behaviour in relationships and be able to direct them to places for help and advice.”

Sgt Cartwright added: “Domestic abuse is a widespread social problem that affects a variety of people. It doesn’t always involve or start with physical violence, and can include all sorts of controlling behaviour. There is a lot of help available, not only from Sussex Police, but 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Notes to Editors:

The murals will be started at 11.00am on Saturday 9 February. For the best photo/filming opportunities we suggest visiting the sites between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Police, the young people, and Wet Paint workers will also be available for interview there.

Sussex Police

Apparently, they’re going to be using Facebook to help.

There’s nothing here at the moment. Maybe we can get things started?!

https://www.facebook.com/TalkToUsWeCanHelp

17 kids, 2 police, 2 artists and some spray paint

January 29th, 2013

Saturday 26th January saw our first official get together on the street art project we are coordinating for Sussex Police and Frank Communications.

The aim of the project is to build better relationships between the police and young people and to tackle the challenging topic of domestic abuse – specifically raising awareness of the topic – and thinking about how we can do this through a street art mural. A creative community message I guess you could say.

17 kids turned up, 2 artists, 3 more of us from Wet Paint, a representative of the Police Communications Dept plus a PC, a PCOS and DCS (those last 3 are police folk for those unfamiliar with the much loved Police Force acronyms).

We congregated at Brighton Youth Centre at 10.00am and kicked off with a presentation to introduce Wet Paint Productions, our team and artists, and to learn more about why domestic abuse is high on the radar for our regional police teams. Police representatives talking to 12-15 year olds on this topic was never going to be a jolly jamboree style affair, but after the more formal presentation session, the Wet Paint team pursued the discussion informally throughout the day to try and capture their thoughts and translate them into ideas for the mural. As always, were surprised and impressed with the insight young people demonstrate on a subject most adults squirm away from. But then this was always kind of the point.

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We not only managed to get all 17 kids expressing their creativity on a nice big wall, but we also placed spray paint into the hands of the police too. I think they were slightly apprehensive, but then I would be too with over a dozen young people whipping up a storm of aerosol fumes and designing characters like the Bart and Homer Simpson hybrid. Fairly bonkers stuff, but fantastic to see.

Wet Paint Productions

Our artists, Seth and Daryl did a sterling job on channelling their enthusiasm, demonstrating and teaching can control skills, fuelling their imagination, inspiring designs and basically supporting the entire crew for a solid few hours. Even when the temperature started to drop, we had to tear the group away from the wall and their creations. I think we even ran out of paint.

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Big up to Charlie Allsebrook too, our Community and Projects Manager, who just has a knack of working with young people. She managed to extract and capture some great feedback from the group on what they thought domestic abuse is, where they might go for help, or get more information, and what emotions it might provoke. Not your average Saturday afternoon kind of chat, but very important to the success of this project.

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Thanks to Brighton Youth Centre for hosting and supporting the project and of course to Jo at Frank Communications for bringing this project to us.

We look forward to seeing how the ideas are translated into a design for our live paint on 9th February.

Watch this space.

You can ‘Like’ Wet Paint Productions on Facebook and see more photos from this workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/wetpaintproductions

To find out more about the Sussex Police Domestic Abuse campaign, click here.

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse, click here for more information and for details of who  to talk to.

Important update – street art meet up cancelled

January 18th, 2013

**IMPORTANT UPDATE**

Saturday 19th January session cancelled due to bad weather

Regrettably we’ve decided not to go ahead with our first session of the Sussex Police street art project tomorrow due to the snow. We will incorporate the introduction to the project in the next session – the workshop – which will still go ahead as planned on Saturday 26th January at Brighton Youth Centre.

Any questions, please get in touch!

wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com

07880 896 131

Opportunity to work with Brighton street artists on important community art project – young people needed!

December 18th, 2012


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REVISED DATES!
New start date: Saturday 19th January

Wet Paint is kicking of 2013 by working in partnership with Sussex Police and Brighton Youth Centre to deliver a specially commissioned street art project.

We are looking for up to 15 young people aged 12-16 years old to come and participate as part of the team.
All activities are free and do not require previous experience.

The main goal of the project is to help build better relationships between the Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT’s) and young people within local Brighton communities by getting them to work together to design and create a street art mural.

NPT’s are the police teams that could be described as the ‘bobbies on the beat’ – officers that are dedicated to policing a local area – with the intention of making the police more visible and accessible on the streets so that the public are more connected to local law enforcement and hopefully feel safer as a result.

The police want to work with the local community to explore ideas about art can be used to encourage people to talk about challenging issues and express them visually.

The project will feature interactive meet ups and aerosol art activities that will enable a group of young people to work alongside some officers from local Neighbourhood Policing Teams with two well-known Brighton street artists; SNUB23 and Sinna One.
These will take place over 4 consecutive Saturdays starting 19th January 2013.

The team will work together to come up with some ideas for a mural design and all learn how to do aerosol art. The ultimate goal is for the team to create a mural using spray paint on a wall in a central Brighton location.

Click here for a detailed flyer: WPP_Sussex Police_Street Art Project Flyer

You don’t need any previous experience of aerosol art or handling spray paint, as all training will be provided, but you do need permission from a parent, carer or guardian.

These activities are FREE to all involved, but all applicants must be available on the following dates and times:
Saturday 19th January morning only
Saturday 26th January 11am-3pm
Saturday 2nd February January morning only
Saturday 9th February 9am-4.30pm.

All activities, except for the mural painting, will take place at Brighton Youth Centre on Edward Street.

Wet Paint Queen Bee, Fay MacDonald answers the question on everyone’s lips: ” The Police and street art might not seem like a natural partner at first, but this is about using spray paint to create powerful messages through art on walls. It features training in a specific skill. All activities are offered and delivered within a legitimate, responsible and safe environment. For this project, street art is being used as a creative and interactive way to bring different people together and explore challenging issues that affect communities.”

If you are interested, please email Fay at: wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com

You can send a completed application form via email. OR  just bring it with you on Saturday 19th January, but please do let us know if you plan to come along.

Click to download the Application Form here: WPP Police Street Art Application Form

Please do feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

 

Painting Paris in the Spring

April 22nd, 2012

Colours, colours, colours!

Up in the air

Storm clouds on the horizon

(L to R) Foundry & Mr.Shiz

Intermat Exhibition’s official newspaper – WPP, Foundry & Mr.Shiz on the cover

The last seven days have had Wet Paint Productions in Paris working at an international construction event that attracts more than 125,000 visitors from around the world. Our client, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) who are the leading force in aerial access (cherry picker) safety, firstly trained the artists – Foundry and Mr.Shiz – to use the machines before asking us to paint two 7m x 4m canvases. Our brief was to make the machines look heroic and slowly progress the images over the course of the week. What could be more fun than painting in Paris in spring? Well, that was before we saw the weather forecast for the week. Huge respect to both Foundry and Shiz who were working 6 metres up and had to contend with fierce rain, hail and up to 19 mph winds. It was a tour de force of patience and a masterclass in can control. Competing for visitors’ attention and pitched against global manufacturers with massive marketing budgets, Foundry and Mr. Shiz got the front cover of the official show magazine. Images of the completed work up soon!

Channel 4′s Street Summer Midlands’ Design

August 23rd, 2011

Last, but by no means least, of the films covering the cities Wet Paint Productions covered for Channel 4′s Street Summer season is Birmingham. This was a weird one as Lucy, the winning entrant, was unable to take part as she was busy bouncing around Europe and couldn’t make it back in time so it was left to mentor Ventsa of Four Pence Collective to recreate her design as he explains here. On this film Ventsa also touches upon the graffiti versus street art argument and what is art and what is vandalism? A subject which Graffiti Wars – a film commissioned as part of the Street Summer season about the fued between King Robbo and Banksy – tried to tackle. Ironically this competition sparked similar arguments that played out across several forums, chat rooms and websites. Massive thanks to Ventsa and all of the artists for their help and support on this project. For more information on Street Summer and it’s offerings hit HERE.

Linked Up Again

August 18th, 2011

 

Last weekend marked another Wet Paint Aerosol Workshop for the kids of Brighton and Hove’s parent-run group the Link-Up Project. As we have posted before, this amazing group offers support and social activities for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Once again the incredible Snub 23 put them through their paces – teaching them can control and compostition - all overseen by our very own Projects & Community Manager Charlie Allsebrook. Despite most of the kids being new to spraypaint their efforts really impressed us and they all left with a finished canvas as a memento of the day. Above all the other projects Wet Paint get involved with this is probably one of the most rewarding, especially as the kids enjoy it so much.  But don’t take our word for it. This is what Julie Sissions of the Link-Up Project had to say: “The children all loved the workshop. It was good that the session was inclusive of all age groups and it was fantastic to see an 8 year-old as engrossed as a 17 year-old working alongside together. The artist was informative and worked well with the young people, sharing his skills and passing on confidence to those who normally find art at school difficult. We will be booking [Wet Paint Productions] again for sure.” To find out more or to book workshops contact us at: wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com   

 

Manchester’s Street Summer Entry Goes Up

August 15th, 2011

Manchester’s winning entry for Channel 4′s Street Summer season went up at the start of the month. Designed by local writer Theodore and mentored by Sheffield’s own Faunagraphic, the piece draws inspiration from an unlikely source. In this film, Theodore explains that his design is based on a painting by the Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha no less. Watch the film for an explaination and look out for Fauna’s expression – it’s priceless. Wet Paint would like to thank Faunagraphic and all of the artists we worked with during this project. And to view all of the regional winners and their films skip to the Don’t Panic website HERE.

Street Summer’s South East Entry Goes Up

August 11th, 2011

The start of this month saw the winning entries of Channel 4′s Street Summer street art competition go up. This design by Technicolourmoon, was picked by Channel 4 as the winner for the South East region and was painted in Brighton and overseen by mentor Req. This is the first film of the three cities that Wet Paint Productions represented. We’ll leave the artists to do the talking…