Graffitti Artists get to work on the Lismore Back Alley Gallery.
Graffitti Artists get to work on the Lismore Back Alley Gallery. Jay Cronan

Street art gallery

STREET artists may soon have the opportunity to express themselves on a legal graffiti wall.

A group of South Grafton High School students has requested the Clarence Valley Council identify or build a structure to be used as a community canvas.

Earlier this year the students met Mayor Richie Williamson and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis to discuss the proposal.

One of the students, Kade Valja, believes a legal graffiti wall would prevent youth spray-painting or tagging public property.

"Places like Lismore and Murwillumbah have legal graffiti walls and I think they reduce the number of graffiti acts," he said.

"I don't think Grafton has a bad graffiti problem but it would be good if people had a place where they could go to paint.

"The Mayor and Mr Gulaptis were pretty keen on the idea."

The river side of the levee wall in South Grafton has been considered as a possible location.

Kade said everyone had their opinions when it came to graffiti. He said some considered it vandalism and others called it art.

CVC deputy general manager Des Schroder said council spent $132,000 cleaning vandalism, including graffiti, in 2011.

He said the idea of a legal graffiti wall had potential.

"It is something we would have to trial to see what the outcome could be," he said.

"It is an idea which has potential to limit public graffiti."



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