The new policy proposes that street art – graffiti that has some artistic and creative merit – will be left in place unless it is offensive or the property owner asks for it to be removed.
There is some wonderfully creative street art happening in Fremantle. Thoughtful and attractive street art adds to the local culture and experience of a place. It has even been suggested to have regenerative effects on a neighborhood.
What do you think?
The policy that will be debated on Wednesday 10 October is copied below.
The full council report – including the report and the findings from the Notre Dame study – can be found here under “Agenda Attachments”: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/cityoffremantle/Agendas_and_minutes/Strategic_General_Services_Committee/2011/10_October_2012?agenda
Big thanks to Martin Drum and his students for their time and effort on this project.
SGS1210-5 UPDATED GRAFFITI POLICY
To determine decision making regarding the management of graffiti and unauthorised street art across the City of Fremantle on both public and private property.
Graffitti is words or drawings on walls without permission. There are four main types of Graffitti:
- Tags which are written or etched on any surface using pens, paint, spray cans and if the most common form of graffiti.
- Pieces which are large or small mural style works that may incorporate a signature and may have artistic merit.
- Slogans which are words about an issue, idea or thought, could be applied with paint or on stickers, paste ups or etched into the surface.
- Stencils where a template has been used to create a design and spray painted onto a surface.
All unauthorised graffiti will be assessed by the City’s graffiti removal team and be removed within 24 – 48 hours of reporting. Priority is given to removing offensive or obscene graffiti. It is important that the City continue to be able to provide a swift response to all graffiti removal. All graffiti on heritage places will be removed under the guidance of heritage advice.
Graffiti that falls into the category of pieces, slogans or stencils and may have cultural or artistic merit is considered to be “unauthorised street art” and will be photographed and referred to the Director Community Development for a decision about its removal or retention. The Director will liaise with the City’s public art officer as required to make a determination, and instructions will be relayed to the graffiti removal team in relation to the retention or removal of the graffiti.
Unauthorised street art on private property that is deemed to have cultural or artistic merit will be left in place unless there is a request to have it removed made by the property owner A register of retained street art will be kept.
The City will continue to work with the state government and young people to develop graffiti reduction programs and the youth urban art program to promote responsible street art and reduce graffiti hotspots.