The Silver Sprayers are back with new Streetwise project

Released 08/03/2019

A group of older Canberrans are back working with a local artist to create new street art at the Woden Seniors building as part of the ACT Government’s Streetwise community art program. This is the second time the group, now known as the Silver Sprayers, have helped beautify a site in Woden.

“A number of the Silver Sprayers involved in this project previously helped produce a series of murals at the Woden bus interchange. Following the success of this project they have started work on the Woden Seniors building,” Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay, said.

“The Streetwise program aims to support older Canberrans as they learn to create street art and then practice their new-found skills to rejuvenate public areas in the ACT.

“The Woden Seniors building is a great location in need of some new vibrant artwork, and it is another great opportunity for Streetwise participants to hone their skills.

“The Streetwise project will benefit the Seniors Club by discouraging graffiti tagging; enhancing the aesthetics and amenity of the area; and helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming space for older people and others in the community.

“This program benefits the community as a whole, as this well-used public place will receive a rejuvenating addition of colour and the community will get to enjoy a new piece of public art.

“The Streetwise program first started in 2018 when 30 older Canberrans attended a series of workshops run by local street artists Ben Reeve and Dai Cameron. Following these workshops, the budding artists then produced the Woden bus interchange murals.

“Dai Cameron is continuing his work with the Silver Sprayers on the new Woden Seniors artwork.

“The ACT Government is committed to providing street artists with the opportunity to practice their art in public places and to reduce the amount of illegal graffiti that is undertaken. The Streetwise program is a great step forward to meeting this commitment.”

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