I am proud to announce the Graffiti Sessions, the biggest street art and graffiti conference London has ever seen, which will take place in December 2014. This event ties in directly with my PhD research, and I have been preparing it for almost two years, together with colleagues from University College London, The Urban Laboratory, The Graffiti Dialogues Network at Central Saint Martins and Global Street Art. Our ambition was to create an open international event, bringing together artists, writers, community members, urban managers, authorities, academics and policy makers to discuss and create the futures of street art and graffiti.
The Graffiti Sessions will take place from 3-5 December 2014, at The Southbank Centre, University College London and Central Saint Martins. See all programme and speaker updates here.
The event comprises a three-day series of talks, workshops and panel debates exploring the evolving roles of graffiti and street art in the urban environment. The aim is to challenge deep-rooted preconceptions that have until now limited the progress of both policy and practice related to street art and graffiti. Bringing together key institutions and individuals, we are hoping that the project will establish a sustainable discussion forum for the exchange of a broad scope of viewpoints on street art and graffiti, and for the evaluation of their impacts on the quality of life for urban communities.
The Graffiti Sessions were funded by the Grand Challenges for Sustainable Cities at UCL (funding body which supports inter-disciplinary research projects addressing global issues), the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub (SRDI) and Research Office at Central Saint Martins at University of the Arts London, and the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
Registration is now open and early bird tickets have a limited availability, so I would suggest getting a ticket as soon as you can. We are all working very hard to make this an excellent event.