Artist gives graffiti a spray

Find out about an artist who is calling on graffiti vandals to turn their skills to community projects.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.

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One of the first graduates of an innovative graffiti prevention program is on the verge of turning a lifelong passion for art into a full-time profession.

Morgan Ingerson is also calling on graffiti vandals to hone their artistic skills on community projects and canvasses rather than spraying people’s homes.    

Morgan was 15-years-old and looking for somewhere to “create art with spray paint” when he signed up for City of Marion’s Art of Respect program which aims to reduce illegal graffiti by encouraging young people to create artworks on canvasses and designated buildings.

Now aged 27, Morgan, who has exhibited his artwork in Dallas in the US and works part-time as well as running community art projects, is close to achieving his dream of becoming a professional artist.

He attributes his success to being shown how to respect people and develop his talent.

“I was a kid with a passion for aerosol art and looking to improve my skills but had no idea how,” Morgan said.

“Art of Respect came at the right time for me and I was soon learning at workshops with professional artists and working on murals for community projects.”

“Kids who spray paint on people’s properties should take a look at themselves and find a creative outlet… they can use their skills more constructively, and even develop a career.”

Morgan, whose work includes aerosol paintings, custom-made models and printing on clothes, launched the 10th Art of Respect exhibition at Gallery M earlier this year.

Graffiti vandalism costs Marion ratepayers about $270,000 per year.

Almost 200 young people have been involved in 10 Art of Respect programs and a number have gone on to work as graphic designers, illustrators and on community projects.  

Art of Respect in murals in the City of Marion include Warriparinga bridge, Nannigai Reserve, Glade Crescent Reserve, Capella skate park and Tram Stop 6, Glandore.

Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre will be the site for the next mural with funding for materials and a professional artist provided by a grant from the Attorney General’s Department.

For more information about Art of Respect, contact graffiti program coordinator Vicki Johnson on 8375 6600. 


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