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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.

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!

 

 

Link Up Graffiti

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Last Sunday saw another Wet Paint productions’ Graffiti Workshop and this time we were working with some budding young artists from the Link-Up Project .  The Brighton and Hove parent-run group  provide support and a social network for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and their parents. As part of their activities and outings they included an aerosol art afternoon schooled by Snub 23 (powered by Kobra Paint) who introduced the kids to the art of the craft. The kids loved it so much we have a sneaking suspicion they will be coming back for more. We’d like to thank all the members of Link-Up as they were great and a pleasure to work with. Especially Tom who at 15 years-old had this to say: “I feel this workshop has really enriched my knowledge of graffiti, character construction and building on a canvas.  I think we have all learnt new skills with spray paint and I’d definitely love to do it again in the near future.  All participants have really enjoyed themselves and found a way of expressing their individual artistic side with brilliant outcomes.” And of course a huge thanks to Snub 23 for being inspirational and to Wet Paint’s Community & Projects Manager Charlie Allsebrook for heading up this and all of our workshops and community work. To find out more about The Link-Up Project click the highlighted link and to enquire about Wet Paint’s workshop and community related work contact Charlie Allsebrook: wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com


Req is Channel 4’s South East Judge

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Street Summer
The last artist but by no means the least Wet Paint Productions put forward as part of Channel 4’s Street Summer competition is Req.
Born in London in 1966 Req is a Brighton-based artist schooled in the New York subway graffiti tradition. His graffiti career started in 1984 in Brighton’s derelict areas but he soon started painting internationally onstage with the Norman Cook band Beats International.

Req’s new work is defined by his attempt to purge the graffiti and graphic influences of his past in favour of a lighter, diffuse impressionism which he calls ‘Spraypaint Realism’. His more recent charcoal and spray paint works on paper provide a quick and more expressive outlet to balance the more intensive ‘Spraypaint Realism’ style.

As we’ve said in the past, if the French impressionist painter Monet used Belton, this is kind of what his work may have looked like.
Req is the judge for the South East and your piece should represent one of the five elements of street culture which the Street Summer season is featuring: street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art. Write, draw, collage, sketch or render your work in any way you like. How you make this work is up to you.
Remember your piece is art but also it needs to work to promote Channel 4’s season. The better your piece looks the more chance you will have of winning but we will accept entries on pen and paper which have been scanned or photographed. Remember the idea is what counts not your computer skills!
Don’t forget that the competition starts on 13th June and for full details on how to enter make sure to follow this link:
http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

The Yard’s Gates Open

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Last week Brighton got it’s newest club in the shape of The Yard and after being commissioned to give the interior a serious street vibe overhaul, we thought we’d share some more pictures with you. At the top is Snub 23, the man behind all of the work, next to his image ‘Be Nice to Girls’ which now adorns one complete wall on the ground floor. Most of this floor has been given a distressed, lived-in look to mimic art on the street and we think we fulfilled the brief. At the bottom is a commissioned piece by rum producer Brugal which WPP worked with over the summer. We can now announce that there will be a rum-fueled spray paint antics coming up next month in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. We’ll update you on events soon.

Start Them Young – Graffiti Workshops for Kids

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Just call us the saviors of parents. With the summer school holidays in full swing, Wet Paint Productions have introduced graffiti taster workshops for kids from 7 upwards. Instead of sat in front of a TV wearing their thumbs to the bone on games consoles (or whatever it is kids do these days), we are now giving them the chance to experience aerosol art and graffiti techniques under the guidance of respected and talented, local artists. Based at the Open Market in the centre of Brighton, groups of no more than five per session will receive a great introduction to street art in a safe and urban environment. All paint and protective equipment is supplied.

As places and sessions are limited we advise that you book quickly. For more information an bookings contact us at: wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com

So, whether you are a student, street art enthusiast, or have a child who would benefit from a positive way to learn basic creative graffiti skills, we look forward to hearing from you.

Watch the Birdie

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

“Looking at art in a gallery is like looking at animals in a zoo.” Anon.

TB&TC defy you to try and cage these seaside sentinels. In his own words, Avian Security “makes pictures of birds and puts them on walls”. This, however,  belittles his talents and his ability to craft beautiful images with spray paint. Whether it’s images of pigeons nesting up for the night or genuinely threatening seagulls, his work will make you look differently at our feathered friends. Hitchcock would have been an avid fan. Avian Security will be going big in Brighton in just over a month’s time. Anyone suffering from Ornithophobia are advised to stay away!

Back to Business!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


What do you get if you mix a shed load of spray paint with a group of annoyingly talented street artists and place them in Brighton over a weekend in May? Yep, you got it. The Beautiful and the Canned is back for 2010. Over the weekend of 8th – 9th of May, TB&TC will take place across several central, city locations as part of Brighton Festival Fringe. Not content with last year’s achievements and after nearly a year off, this time Wet Paint Productions are going even bigger. And again, we’re doing it to raise awareness for charity. Keep checking the blog for more information on our choice of charity, what will be going up and which artists will be doing it. Hutch, one of Brighton’s finest and just back from the Bogota Stencil Festival, has already thrown his can into the ring. Stay tuned for more updates and check out more of Hutch’s work in Colombia here.