Artists talk with City Hall about graffiti space

Artists talk with City Hall about graffiti space

Graffiti in White Street car park. The car park has since been closed and is set to be redeveloped into social housing.

OFFICIALS from City Hall have met with street artists in a bid to find a new permanent home for Cork’s graffiti space.

The White Street car park had long been used by artists for graffiti, but closed during the summer.

However, it is now being redeveloped as a social housing project for 43 new homes.

This has sparked calls for a new, dedicated graffiti space in the city.

Councillors were told this week that officials from the Tourism, Events, Arts and Marketing (TEAM) Directorate have met with artists and agreed that work would be undertaken to develop a new suitable site.

A wall near Fitzgerald’s Park has been identified as a preferred location.

Further engagement with the artists is ongoing to agree on any work that may be necessary for the new location to be made fit-for-purpose.

The news has been welcomed by Councillor Kieran McCarthy, who has tabled motions with City Hall to re-establish a dedicated graffiti space in the city.

Mr McCarthy said: “I had two reasons for my recent motion. Firstly, I am conscious of how used the former White Street carpark was for graffiti art; much of it was very good and some walls were changed every month.

“The walls did reduce the amount of graffiti in town, providing a space for artists.

“All in all, the works pursued on the carpark walls were possibly underestimated and not celebrated in any great way. Much of it was high quality.

“Secondly, I am also conscious of the very positive response to the Mad About Cork murals about town on traffic and ESB boxes. In my own opinion, all are tastefully done and don’t aim to insult anyone.

“In that light, my recent motion aims to capture the work of large-scale street art in a new space in the city.”

Mr McCarthy had previously noted some of the unused space in the docklands might also be appropriate for the development of a street-art space.

City Hall officials confirmed that ‘officers are aware of’ the need for a new graffiti space and ‘will seek to identify spaces.’

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