Legal graffiti practice site guidelines

Artists using legal sites are bound by the conditions of use outlined within these guidelines.

Artists use these sites at their own risk

Work that is considered offensive is not permitted on legal graffiti sites. Offensive means racist, sexist, otherwise prejudice, contains crude language, depicts graphics of a sexual or violent nature, or contains personal information. TCCS graffiti cleaning contractors inspect legal graffiti sites weekly for offensive work and remove it.

Sites with an excessive amount of tagging will be painted out on a regular basis at the direction of TCCS to enable the continuing use of the site for all users.

Graffiti writers/artists are encouraged to negotiate visual practice walls amongst themselves and to respect other people's artwork and their right to use the site.

Legal graffiti art sites may be used for the development of a piece of artwork in the graffiti style or for general graffiti writing, including tagging.

All legal graffiti art sites are marked with a symbol specifying the site is a legal graffiti art site. Walls not marked with the symbol, even if in close vicinity to a legal site, is not a legal graffiti art site.

When only part of a wall is designated as a legal graffiti site a boundary sign will show where people can practice.

Site rules sign
Photo: Signage of legal practice symbol and rules, displayed at each legal site.

Sites that are regularly subject to offensive work may be closed and removed from the legal graffiti site program. If fences and other assets in the surrounding area are excessively vandalised the site may also be closed.

The area shall be managed in an orderly and safe manner. When vacated it should be left in a clean and tidy condition.

Costs related to the development of the artwork at the site are the responsibility of the artist.

TCCS reserves the right to change the status of legal sites or make changes to these guidelines at any time.

These guidelines do not refer to assets managed by other government agencies. Whilst other government agencies may provide sites for graffiti artists to use on an ongoing basis, management of these sites is the responsibility of the asset manager.

Site Parameters and Demarcation

Parameters of a site will be determined by TCCS in accordance with the procedures for site identification and community consultation. Details of the location and parameters of each site will be published on the TCCS website and provided to relevant stakeholders as part of the notification process outlined below.

Graffiti artists will be notified of the location of new legal graffiti art sites and guidelines for site usage through a process determined in consultation with them.

The public will be notified of the location of legal graffiti art sites and guidelines for site usage via this website.

Community Consultation on new site identification

Sites identified as potential legal graffiti walls are government property in public places. These sites are located where there are a limited number of private residences with a direct line of sight of the potential walls.

Proposed sites are subject to a site suitability and risk assessment undertaken by TCCS, in accordance with these guidelines.

Where there is a clear line of site from a private residence or other private property to the proposed site, the residents and property owners will be notified in writing of the proposed site and given three (3) weeks to respond.

Where a resident(s) or property owner(s) who has a clear and direct line of vision of a proposed site from their residence or property object to the proposed site, the site will not proceed unless the objection is withdrawn following discussion of concerns. Where this procedure for community consultation has been followed, later complaints about an approved site will be respectfully considered. However, TCCS will not be under any obligation to remove or relocate the site.

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