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Contested meanings of the Deptford Creekside Arches [DCA] urban art palimpsest

Walsh, Peter (2024) Contested meanings of the Deptford Creekside Arches [DCA] urban art palimpsest. Master of Science by Research (MScRes) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.105517) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:105517)

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The research's purpose was to gain insight into the processes and practices of urban art at Deptford Creekside Arches (DCA). There has, to my knowledge, been no other research completed on this topic. My aims and objectives were based on discovering the artists motivations and intentions on getting the urban art 'up' at DCA. I employed mixed research methods, consecutively; including a spontaneous telephone interview and a structured, remote interview for two professional and academic artists, a spontaneous wall interview with a single painter, an observation of a small group and a semi-structured interview with a lone urban artist, a formally structured public on-site public interview (with thirty-eight participants), an e-mailed questionnaire with one other public interviewee and a structured remote interview with the British Transport Police (involving two officers). The results revealed that the urban art walls; are tolerated and that the activity is more meaningful than the art itself, with the walls a focal point of interest for walkway users. The authorities were generally benign and understanding, only removing images if controversial, or offensive, in terms of messaging with urban art activity tolerated. The main take-home message is the meaning of the urban art movement. Additional findings of note are the use of the walls as a designated, practice palette. The main implication for the future: is the potential for increasingly draconian and punitive approaches by the authorities from a legal enforcement perspective.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Science by Research (MScRes))
Thesis advisor: Rokem, Jonathan
Thesis advisor: Jupp, Eleanor
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.105517
Uncontrolled keywords: Urban art, arches used as a palimpsest, academics, practitioners, vested interests and opinions of the general public as to the placement of tags, graffiti, street art, throw-ups, pieces and murals at DCA
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Funders: University of Kent (
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Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2024 11:42 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 11:13 UTC
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