Shops to get artists’ touch

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

The Can­nons Creek shops are in for a graf­fiti makeover – of a pos­i­tive kind – fol­low­ing the grad­u­a­tion of a group of young peo­ple from a Porirua City Coun­cil-spon­sored course.

With money from the PCC graf­fiti re­duc­tion fund, Ja­cob Burns and Nick Mac­don­ald of GM De­sign ran graf­fiti art classes at the Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March. One goal from the course was to re­place tag­ging in the shop­ping area with the street-art style.

The coun­cil’s graf­fiti man­age­ment co- or­di­na­tor Richard Withe­ford- Smith says this would be much more ap­peal­ing to shop own­ers and the public. He was im­pressed with the young artists’ work and some would be erected on shop fronts.

‘‘They worked very hard over the eight weeks and through

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett with some of the tal­ented street artists at their course grad­u­a­tion on April 5. sev­eral week­ends to cre­ate a num­ber of op­tions of street art­work. The boys have had to learn that what they cre­ate for their own en­joy­ment and what they cre­ate for a cus­tomer are some­times dif­fer­ent – it’s part of the dis­ci­pline of be­ing an artist.’’

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