Menu Close

Graffiti and Street Art: the Balancing Act of Urban Art

16 June 2022

At 7pm

At St Peter’s Church, 10 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa.

Come and hear the third in our new series of lectures exploring controversial issues – Graffiti and Street Art: The Balancing Act of Urban Art – presented by  Dr Reuben Woods PhD.

Emerging from primarily illegal roots, graffiti and street art have evolved to
represent a diversity of approaches. Yet enduring perceptions and their very
public performance ensure they continue to court controversy. 
Christchurch’s post-earthquake environment has provided an apt
landscape for graffiti and street art to flourish, celebrated as transformative
additions to the damaged city. But this profile has also highlighted a number of
incidents that expose the complexities of urban art’s lineage and contemporary

Dr Reuben Woods is an Christchurch-based art writer and curator, specialising in
urban art. His PhD thesis explored the performances of graffiti, street art and
independent public art in post-earthquake Christchurch. He is widely
published, and is also the creative director of Watch This Space.

Gold coin donation

Please email to register

NB – in the interests of keeping our audience Covid safe, we request that masks be worn at this event