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Do art not tags

Do art not tags

‘Do art not tags’ is the name of a graffiti education presentation being offered to Year 5 and Year 8 students in schools within the City of Melbourne. Actors visit classroom and provide information about the differences between graffiti and street art and how different choices can lead to different consequences.

The City of Melbourne’s ‘Do Art Not Tags’ program is delivered by Warner Group Pty Ltd, through its Awareness Education Division, which runs similar programs for other Councils throughout Australia. For more information on Warner Group’s Graffiti Education™ Program please contact Diana Cook on 03 9555 9100.

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What is graffiti?

Graffiti is the marking of another person’s property without permission. Graffiti can include tags, stencils, pieces and even colourful murals which have been done without the permission of the person who owns the wall and without permission from the local council. Graffiti is illegal everywhere in Australia, including within the City of Melbourne.

Graffiti costs thousands of dollars to remove each year. If the City of Melbourne didn’t have to spend so much money on removing graffiti, it would have more money to spend on things like sports grounds, skate parks and other community services.

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What is street art?

Street art is artistic work done with the permission of the person who owns the wall that the work is being done on, and with the permission of the local council.

With the proper permission, street art is legal in the City of Melbourne. Council has a Street art permit process which enables property owners and tenants to get permission to let street artists paint on their walls.

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Mentoring program

In 2007, the City of Melbourne ran a mentoring program. As part of this program, young people worked with professional artists to create legal street art murals in Union Lane in the Melbourne CBD (near Bourke Street Mall).

To find out how to get involved in future mentoring programs, or for more information about other youth art programs, call the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658.

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Getting involved in youth art programs

Signal is an arts project where 13- to 20-year-olds are able to work with professional artists on arts and media projects.

ArtPlay is a hands-on arts centre where children between 5 and 12 years of age can work alongside professional artists. Come to events like workshops with Circus Oz or learn about the art of puppetry.

Visit Arts programs or call 03 9658 9658 for more information about youth art programs in the City of Melbourne.

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What else is there for young people to do in the city?

The City of Melbourne provides a range of Activities for young people in the city. One of the city’s most popular facilities is the Riverslide Skatepark in the riverside Alexandra Gardens.

The City Meetups brochure will give you lots of ideas and information about activities and services for young people in the City of Melbourne:

City Meetups! (PDF, 467kb)
City Meetups! (Text only, 41kb)

The City of Melbourne wants to hear from young people to make sure we are keeping up-to-date with your needs. Visit Get involved to make a suggestion about our programs.

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