Street Art or Graffiti?


Street Art Map (Author, 2016)

  1. Trik 9 – Produced for the Antiques Quarter’s Art Project 2016
  2. Mila K
  3. Unknown
  4. Moenipulation – 2015
  5. Tom J Newell (local illustrator) – Hop Hideout shop front
  6. Unknown
  7. Bubba 2000 – Stencil artwork of Jarvis Cocker
  8. Unknown
  9. Faunagraphic – Produced for the Antiques Quarter’s Art Project 2016
  10. Rocket01 – Produced for Festival of the Mind 2016
  11. Unknown – Since removed
  12. Phlegm – ‘Fossils’
  13. Jo Peel (international artist born in Sheffield) – ‘Community Lives!’ since removed
  14. Unknown
  15. Unknown – Part of the Antiques Quarter Art Trail 2016
  16. Unknown
  17. Unknown – Since removed
  18. Unknown – Part of the Antiques Quarter Art Trail 2016

I have mapped the street art around the site and to the North to include the main hub of the Antiques Quarter. Many of the murals have been produced as part of an organised event. Others, although produced with similar skill and technique, may be considered as graffiti as they have been produced by unknown artists as an act of subversion.

The difference between street art and graffiti is not always obvious; however they do differ in terms of their intent. Although both are subversive art movements where work is displayed in public space as opposed to in a gallery setting, generally speaking graffiti artists are not interested in the public understanding their work. Graffiti artists set out to speak to other graffiti artists, whereas street artists want everyone to be able to view and be engaged by their work.

The last couple of months have seen a large number of murals appear accross the city, thanks to three events: Feature Walls, Antiques Quarter Art Project, and Festival of the Mind. What I found interesting was that despite these events which set-out to encourage the creation of street art, some of the pieces have since been removed by the council, . One of the pieces removed was even by an internationally established artist (Jo Peel).


Unfortunately, several of Rocket01’s murals have recently been defaced by acts of vandalism. These wall murals were creative works of art produced for everyone to enjoy, and therefore I would definitely label the added spray painting as graffiti as opposed to street art – even if ithe scrawlings had been produced with more artistic skill, I would still consider it as an act of destruction.



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