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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

 

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

Tuesday, 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!

 

 

Brighton Gets an Eco Wall

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

A chance meeting at a Wet Paint party brought the Family Bottrell and Snub 23 together. Local resident Simon explained to Snub how his four-year-old daughter had enquired after the welfare of the planet once her parents had left this mortal coil and what state of affairs would their planet be in? This not only left a lump in his throat but gave Simon a great idea…promote ecological issues through a graffiti mural as part of Brighton’s Festival Fringe! Snub 23, who is powered by Kobra, rounded up some of the crew and put the plan in to action with the backing of  many of Preston Drove’s residents. The key messages that came from the younger members of the Bottrell clan were don’t drop litter, conserve water, don’t fly – go camping instead, and walk, skateboard or bike to school. Following the ecological theme, local artists joining Snub 23 were Sinna One, Pinky, Women 158 and ZeeZeeTwentyTwo, who produced this production to a delighted audience of local residents. Above are some images from the forty foot mural but click HERE to see the joiner courtesy of local photographer Big Zee. If you have an idea for a graffiti project or even need an eco wall contact Wet Paint HERE.

Brighton – Brugal Part 2

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

More corporate than then the first, here’s the second installment of the Brighton Brugal rum campaign, Wet Paint delivered back in the summer. This one features our man ‘Rum & Juice’ Jeba, Req, The Osh and of course, the Dada, Don. T-pimping is Snub 23, Foundry and Sinna. This is a precursor to the latest shorts we’ll post in the next few days from Edinburgh and Manchester, before we hit Covent Garden at the end of the month.

Festival Fringe Begins

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Yesterday was the first day of Brighton Festival Fringe which has taken over the city and will last throughout May. The first day of the month also saw a few TB&TC artists doing their own things. This included Sinna painting live at Madame Geisha, Hutch painting the outside of Residence – Brighton’s first pop-up restaurant in Whitecross Street – as well as Funky Red Dog and T.WAT’s open house Vehicle Testing Station, 20 Cambridge Grove (venue 13 on the Hove Arts Trail). More from all three of them next weekend.