Updated: Tuesday, 11th August 2020 @ 4:38pm

Graffiti Palace to be destroyed in redevelopment scheme

Graffiti Palace to be destroyed in redevelopment scheme

By Helen Le Caplain, Davie Heaton & Joe Cummings

Salford’s hidden Graffiti Palace is set to be destroyed as part of the council’s riverside re-development plans.

The £1m regeneration project in Ordsall will involve one of the north-west’s longest stretches of graffiti being replaced by paint-proof green screens.

Tony Kayze, a Manchester based professional graffiti artist, sympathised with the decision but recognised the need for controlled and legal graffiti sites.

He said: “I think there should be designated places where people can paint.

“If you look at Piccadilly Gardens, where there are drab grey walls, wouldn’t it be brilliant if Manchester City Council invited artists from all over the world to paint on those walls?”

With the cleaning of the Salford graffiti budgeted at £15,000, Tony recognises the fact that a City Centre site would need to be monitored and controlled so as not to become an eyesore.

However, Tony celebrates the idea of graffiti as an art form. “When I paint I feel alive. Painting is about letting people see your work, as long as it’s done respectfully,” he said.

When polled, 42% of Ordsall residents believed the area had a problem with vandalism and local community groups have volunteered to help clean some of the local graffiti themselves.

Tony feels that the untidy and ad hoc nature of the art work that makes up the Graffiti Palace is contributing to a misunderstanding of the motives of serious graffiti artists.

“When you have a spray can in your hand, it’s like having a bomb or a handgun – people keep away from you,” he added.

Salford City Council said it was unable to comment.