02 May 2007

legal graffiti art sites - ACT

For the purpose of these guidelines, legal graffiti art sites are ACT government assets in urban open spaces (eg. skate parks, underpasses and toilet blocks), identified and demarcated in accordance with these guidelines, as sites available for ongoing use by graffiti writers/artists for the development of a piece(s) of artwork in the graffiti style or for general graffiti writing. The work featured at these sites may change, is dynamic.

Legal graffiti art sites differ from community art sites (murals), in being available for ongoing work by graffiti artists. Community art sites feature fixed (semi-permanent) works or murals that may be in the graffiti art style.

Canberra Urban Parks and Places (PARKS & PLACES) administer the Legal Graffiti Art Site program.


Community Art is art that is generated, organised and produced by the community. It can take the form of painted murals in high profile places such as shopping centres, bus interchanges and underpasses. Graffiti Art is practised by young people for a variety of reasons and is often seen as graffiti vandalism. Sites for community art include underpasses, toilets, dressing sheds in parks and ovals, tennis walls and privately owned buildings. These are selected on location and approved by the asset owner.

Benefits of community art projects include:

  • reduction and control of graffiti at specific community locations by encouraging each group to take pride in and responsibility for maintaining their work;
  • an enhanced understanding of the roles and values of community groups in each location; and
  • reduction of vandalism to community assets

Legal graffiti Art sites are available to graffiti writers on an ongoing basis. Community Art Murals are commissioned in areas where graffiti art is inappropriate. To download a listing click here. ( Excel ) The Police, City Rangers and contracted graffiti removers are notified that the particular site has been given the status of a legal wall and the artists are given approval to paint there.

  • Legal graffiti art site guidelines 30th May 2006 HTML Word
  • Supplementary notes to legal graffiti art site guidelines under review 14th January 2005 HTML HTML
  • Community Graffiti Art Brochure 14th January 2005 PDF PDF


The Colour-in Canberra competition saw 30 Traffic Controller Boxes (TCBs) - located near traffic lights - turned into works of art by members of the community.

The painted TCBs are located in O'Connor, Lyneham, Ainslie, Dickson, Kambah and in the Belconnen and Woden areas. Details of the location of the Colour-in Canberra TCBs are available by downloading the Colour-in Canberra artwork maps.

View Colour-in Canberra artworks

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