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Cops, kids, cans and a worthy campaign

Monday, 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

 

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

Tuesday, 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.

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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

Friday, 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

Painting Paris in the Spring

Sunday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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…

 

Street Summer Hots Up

Friday, July 29th, 2011


Channel 4’s Street Summer – “a season of programmes celebrating contemporary urban art forms” – is fast approaching and so are the Wet Paint commissions across the cities of Brighton, Manchester and the UK’s second capital, Birmingham. Next week will see the winning entries go up with the help of Req, Faunagraphic and Ventsa respectively. To view all the regional winning entries go to the Don’t Panic website HERE and anyone wanting to follow Street Summer on Facebook should hit this link: http://www.facebook.com/streetsummer  The season will include films on spoken word and rap, street dance, a Hip Hop documentary called How Hip Hop Changed the World, as well as what looks to be an amazing film by viral film-makers and Mike Christie, the director of extreme sport documentary Jump London, called Concrete Circus which brings together the world’s hottest names in the urban sports scene. The season will also screen the television premiere of Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop. More intriguing though is Graffiti Wars – a film given over to the on-going and very public feud between (Team) Robbo and Banksy as well as graffiti writers and ‘street artists’ in general. Ironically, the street art competition has sparked it’s own controversy within the scene. But that’s another story for another day…

A Taste of Colombia

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

 

It’s not every day a Mexican street artist based in Colombia rolls into town but yesterday was one of those days. The man in question is Stinkfish who has been painting and pasting his way around ‘Londres’ since visiting our fair capital to promote and launch the London release of Nuevo Mundo, a book about Latin American street art, at Pictures on Walls. Back in 2010 Brighton son Hutch was one of a handful of Europeans invited to attend the Bogota Stencil Festival and that’s where the two first  met. So, in the true spirit of Anglo – Latin American relations it was only proper that Hutch and Wet Paint got Stinkfish down for some seaside action before he continues the next leg of his European tour. This collaboration is in Brighton’s North Laine and Wet Paint have to thank the residents and freeholder Paul Bonett for allowing the artists to get up as well as Cityclean for the go-ahead. We will post a time- lapse film of this soon but in the meantime check out a collaborative print by the two artists. It comes in a couple of colourways and measures 62cm x 52cm on somerset 100% cotton rag. Details of where to buy it will be released soon.