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Good times on the Northside with Kosie, Bingo & Views.

Grandchester State School

I was recently contacted by the principal at Grandchester State School to transform an undercover area with some art. I had a great time working at Grandchester and hope the murals will serve the school community for many years to come. 

Sydney Spraycation

I recently headed south to the big smoke to catch up with several ex Brisbane mates and family I haven't seen in ages. I navigated my way around by using graff as a point of reference often finding myself saying "I know where I am, I passed this piece yesterday". I made a quick stop at Zigi's Art Wine & Cheese bar on THE coldest, windiest day ever but that didn't stop me from painting every day. Thanks to all of the artists who's work inspired me (Newtown is crazy) and my mates who took me to spots, lined up the maddest feeds and let me sleep on their couches...Mad respect to Wolf, Skon, Relik, Rome, Nevs & Switcher.

I can't wait to head back to Sydney to do it all over again...maybe in summer next time!

Ipswich West State School

I was recently contacted by the principal at Ipswich West State School a primary school west of Brisbane, to create artwork for the tuck shop. Built in 1861, the school has plenty of architectural character and is heritage listed however the addition of the new box style tuck shop looked out of place amongst the red brick, corrugated iron and wood features of the adjacent buildings. The tuck shop had been referred to as "The Toilet Block" by some stakeholders as its aesthetics were less than inspiring. 

The brief was to make the tuck shop blend in with the surroundings and bring continuity by creating an illusion mural. I came across many challenges during designing and applying the mural however the transformation has impressed and engaged staff and students alike. It has been a joy to work amongst a professional and friendly school community.

Could Murwillumbah Become a Cultural Hub?

On Wednesday (4/12/13) NBN News Gold Coast popped in for a quick interview about Murwillumbah becoming a cultural hub.

 

At The Sauce Studio, we’d love to get some boutique or gourmet markets and festival style events happening in Proudfoots Lane the CBD of Murwillumbah. If you’re local and have some ideas, drop by and have a chat. Let’s make this happen!

 

Clean Up Our Streets

The Weekend Edition of Daily News (July 20-21 2013) heralded the beginning of a campaign aimed at attacking vandals in the Tweed Shire. The Clean Up Our Streets is a Daily News initiative which shows a complete disregard for Hip Hop culture, and was poorly researched. As a professional Mural and Aerosol Artist, with over a decade of experience, Sauce is getting tired of the vilification and slander which the media constantly propagates. Below is a media release and our letter of complaint to the paper which outlines some of The Sauce Studio’s objections to this portrayal of graffiti. 

 

                                                                     Media Release 22/07/2013.

The weekend edition (July 20th-21st 2013) of the Daily News made scandalous claims about graffiti and vandalism in the Tweed Shire by highlighting several different ‘hot spots’ where graffiti style vandalism occurs. The article announced a new campaign called ‘Clean Up Our Streets’, however local artist Sauce, says the article is nothing more than “scaremongering and inflammatory’. 

 

Sauce, who has over a decade of professional mural and aerosol art experience explained how articles such as this seek to marginalize youth culture and denigrate the Hip Hop movement. “I’ve spent over a decade advocating the need for recognition of aerosol art as a legitimate art form and articles such as this do nothing except whip people into a frenzy. It doesn’t look at the real issues. This is a multi-faceted topic and ultimately, aerosol artists still don’t have places to paint and the local council doesn’t have money for public art for the next two budgets.”

 

Earlier this year, Sauce opened an art studio in the heart of the Murwillumbah CBD where the public can experience the different forms of aerosol art. The aim of the studio is to reinforce the positive value aerosol art and to introduce new people to the art form.   

 

 

 

Sauce’s work can be seen @ /

 

 

Ainslie Rose

Communications and Arts Development Manager

The Sauce Studio

Shop 4/15 CNR of Proudfoots LN & Commercial RD

Murwillumbah

02 6672 1929

Letter of Compaint                    
To Whom it May Concern,
                      Please allow my to introduce myself. My name is Ainslie and I am the Communications and Arts Development Manager at The Sauce Studio. The Sauce Studio is the workshop and retail space of professional mural artist, Sauce. Sauce has over a decade of professional experience in creating public art and murals and his work can be seen all over the East Coast of Australia.

I am writing this letter in regards to the “Clean Up Our Streets” campaign as shown in the Saturday 20th July edition of the Daily News. I would like to voice my concerns about the inflammatory language used in the article and unnecessary marginalization of aerosol art and Hip Hop culture. While I understand the need to discourage unwanted vandalism and unwanted and un-commissioned graffiti the manner in which the article suggests the issue is approached in nothing short of cheap and scandalous. As stated previously, Sauce is a professional mural artist with over a decade of experience, and in March this year we open The Sauce Studio in the heart of the Murwillumbah CBD. We felt there was a need to further inform the public about the benefits of aerosol art and hip hop culture. We also sought to stimulate the increase of professional public murals in the Tweed and Northern Rivers area as when they are executed with cultural sensitivity they can be a simple and cost effective method of graffiti prevention. 

The article in the Saturday’s edition of the Daily News is poorly researched as The Sauce Studio was not contacted for comment. Not only have we contacted this publication about the opening night, the image shown on page 7 titled ‘Under the Murwillumbah Bridge’ is less than 50 metres from the studio door. It is this lack of research which ignored the facts does not seek to portray this issue as a multi facetted subject. 
Further to this, the article does not mention the absolute lack of funding from council to assist with this issue. Both myself and Sauce have approached Tweed Shire Council to attempt the broaden their cultural awareness of this topic and enquire about the budget for public art programs. So far we have been informed there is no budget for such events for the next two years. If this article was well researched, this information would be brought to light, and the truth about public art, murals and aerosol art would be available to the public. 

I urge the Daily News to contact myself or Sauce at the Sauce Studio as it is clear there is no cultural sensitivity nor ability to research such a complex issue.
Ainslie Rose

Local Artist Travels to Tasmania to Compete.

Professional mural artist Christian Griffiths has been chosen as one of nine finalists for the the fourth year in a row for the International Mural Fest in Sheffield, Tasmania. 

 

Christian, who is based in Murwillumbah, will travel to Sheffield for the week long competition for the first week of April and paint a mural based on a short poem titled Wild and Free.

 

Christian said “I’m stoked to be a finalist again for the festival. After winning it in 2011, I wanted the chance to defend the title. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other artists in the industry. It’s also bittersweet as I have to travel interstate just to get recognition for my art. Murals are often overlooked when it comes to public art.”

 

The annual competition is now in it’s tenth year and due to its success in attracting tourists to the small rural town of Sheffield, it has been replicated in Jamestown, South Australia. 

 

 

 Contact Ainslie or Christian for further details.

ainslie.mg@gmail.com

info@aerograffix.com.au 

 

 

 

Media Release 25/2/12

A mural located at Harris Street Wellington point costing more than $6000 has become the scene of debate and controversy as the current graffiti prevention methods have repeatedly failed. When this failure was brought to the attention of the City Infrastructure member Ann Marshall, Community Development Team members including Byron Shreeve and the Councilor for the area, Wendy Boglary the response was muted and ignorant of the problem. Further investigations into the matter show an incorrect approach towards the target audience and the subject matter of the mural are primarily to blame.

A letter dated, 9th February, written by the Community Safety Officer Byron Shreeve and signed by the Group Manager of Community and Cultural Services Greg Jensen indicates the Community Development Team no longer wishes to consult community members for expertise on graffiti prevention matters.

Christian Griffiths is a mural and aerosol artist, who has eighteen years experience, and until last year ran his business in Redland City creating murals as a method of graffiti prevention. In 2005, Christian was commissioned to create a mural at the Harris Street underpass which involved young people at risk of entering the Juvenile Justice system. Christian has worked with numerous other local councils, schools and youth organisations, including IN-SYNC and Boystown. On a variety of occasions Christian has offered his services for free or at a low cost as an artist or as a consultant to council to provide effective solutions about graffiti prevention in the Redland area and in recent years he has been repeatedly ignored or denied. This is problematic as council spends $135,000+ each year on graffiti removal and council minutes indicate council has as zero tolerance approach towards graffiti, but a Community Development approach to prevention.

Christian says “Its not about me or my art work. It’s about the people engaging with aerosol art and a lack of opportunity to do so in appropriate circumstances. This mural has completely missed the mark with any of the objectives. It hasn’t prevented graffiti, a wide target audience hasn’t been sought and the Expressions of Interest developed for the initiative wasn’t relevant or applicable for the situation. At every step of the process I informed Council of the associated risks with this project and now the rate-payers such as myself, will pay the ongoing price.”

 

See: Bayside Bulletin article “Cool tunnel Art” 21/7/05 page 26.

See council minutes for information detailing the costs associated with graffiti and other policy decisions regarding graffiti. 

 

Please feel free to contact either Ainslie or Christian for further comments or information regarding this topic. Original communications and further supporting documents can be provided on request.

 

Ainslie Meiklejohn-Griffiths

Publications Manager

www.aerograffix.com

ainslie.mg@gmail.com