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  • Wed 30 Nov ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 1 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 2 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 3 Dec ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 4 Dec ’11, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
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Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Graffiti is defined as any type of public markings that appear in the form of simple words or elaborate wall paintings. Marking public or private property in this way without the owner’s permission is usually considered defacement and often causes distress. Sometimes graffiti expresses social and political messages. Graffiti has also been recognised as a contemporary art form since the 1960s, worthy of exhibition in public art galleries.

The Graffiti Project in Gisborne was launched in 2010 by Tairawhiti Youth Voice in response to an increasing level of graffiti in Gisborne. The project is being run in conjunction with Gisborne Police, YMCA and Gisborne District Council. Ten young people were selected to participate in this project that enables them to develop their artistic skills and to channel their efforts into work that benefits the community.

We were delighted when these artists approached the museum and art gallery asking us to host an exhibition of their work. This exhibition provides an opportunity for the artists to make their work accessible in a public forum where members of the community can take the time to appreciate their creative endeavour and understand their commitment to their art form.

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