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News flash! Police street art live paint

Friday, 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

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.

Wet Paint Productions  Wet Paint Productions

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.

Wet Paint Productions

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.

Wet Paint Productions

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.

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   

 

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…

 

Three Days Left!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Voting lines for Channel 4’s Street Summer have been kept open for an extra three days and will now close on 20th July. So if you haven’t entered your design or voted for your favourite piece then you had better be quick about it! Follow the link to Don’t Panic’s website: http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer for terms and conditions and on how to enter and you can also watch the online videos from the artists Wet Paint Productions put forward – Req, Ventsa and Faunagraphic. They’ll give you their insight on what they are looking for and will ultimately choose their favourite pieces for each area from the top 10 with the most Likes. So, go to the website now and start voting for your favourites!

 

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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


Smug – Street Summer’s Scottish Judge

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Street Summer

Another artist Wet Paint Productions have worked with is the incredible Smug out of Glasgow and he is Channel 4’s Street Summer competition judge for Scotland . This guy is taking photo-realism to another level and in this film gives you some insight into the scene and what it is he is looking for in a competition winner.

For all the information on how to enter and work with the likes of Smug follow this link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

It’s On!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The last few posts have been dedicated to Wet Paint Productions’ (and some of the artists we work with) involvement in Channel 4’s street art competition as part of their Street Summer season in conjunction with Don’t Panic. This summer Channel 4 is celebrating British street culture with some new programmes dedicated to street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art.

And Channel 4 are calling all wannabe street artists, graffiti writers and vandals to join in on Street Summer by entering the competition which starts TODAY.

Get full details on how to enter and what you stand to win by clicking this Don’t Panic link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/