Pilot program in Noosa Junction aims to legalise white space to kerb graffiti

The #BoringWalls project will be piloted in Noosa Junction in an effort to kerb the rampant tagging & graffiti on private walls. The project hopes to connect artists with landowners to have whitespaces donated as legal art walls to promote and grow creative industries. The outcome of this program hopes to see artists getting paid to promote their work on otherwise unattractive walls which is a major cost to Noosa Council.

 

Junction 2 co-founder Gary Swanepoel said "Obviously, there is a cost to clean up graffiti put on private spaces. If we can channel those funds to positive programs to encourage creativity, we feel there would be more value to the community and sustainablity of Noosa's creative industry".

In 2014 more than 1000 local young people took part in an education program targeting graffiti as part of the Safter Queensland Community Grants initiative. It included a 45-minute presentation, letter to parents, handbooks for teachers, and stickers, comics and other materials. Supported by the former Mayor Noel Playford stating "Graffiti costs the community greatly. This program has been designed to discourage young people from engaging in graffiti crime, by making them aware of the repercussions and the impact it has on the community," Cr Playford said.

However, the rise in graffiti and tagging in Noosa Junction has only increased and is starting to take its toll on local business.

In 2016, Junction 2, in partnership with Threads Project, ran a local street art pop-up where removable boards were provided for artists to spray paint on. Five artists contributed their time and cans to the cause, which was hopefully the first step towards improving the pathways for young artists to legally explore alternative artforms. 

The #BoringWalls project aims to partner landowners, with experienced artists and young talent with a program to strengthen skills and relationships for the creative industry. The hope is to have Noosa Council provide legal walls for emerging artists to practise  

Village Bicycle has been one local business not shy to promoting public art. 

 

With two pieces commissioned at their new site on Sunshine Beach Road they are leading the way with the quality of work artists should strive for. A Sofles adorns the side alley while a collaboration piece by Drapl, Treazy and Leans cover the back beer garden.


 


"We have no idea whether this will work", says Gary, "Which is why we're piloting this on a small scale one wall at a time. At the very least we've tried something different and started a dialogue".

So far seven walls have been donated to the program including the first wall commissioned to Alison Mooney on the side of the Junction 2 building. A public launch of the first installation is aimed to commence sometime in May. Funding is currently being sourced to assist with paying artists for their time and materials.

If you're interested in getting involved or would like to find out more information you can contact gary[a]junction.co for details.