Kids agree – it’s not smart and it’s not art

To mark Graffiti Awareness Week 2004, Merton Council joined forces with ten other local authorities to run a ‘not smart, not art’ anti graffiti poster competition and a Merton student was voted the overall winner.

George Meliniotis’ anti-graffiti poster was selected as the winner of the Merton heat of the competition and went on to be crowned the best in the entire South West London Region. The poster competition was part of a chain of activities that took place in April to mark the awareness week and all primary schools in Merton were encouraged to participate.

Pat DeJesus, Merton Council’s Graffiti Project Officer presented George with several prizes including tickets to the London Eye.

In 2002 eleven local authorities, including Merton, teamed together to form SWAAG (South West Action Against Graffiti). SWAAG work together to combat graffiti across London. Previously they have joined forces to encourage traders to sign up to a voluntary code not to sell spray paint or marker pens to under 16s. SWAAG is made up of the London Borough’s of Merton, Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Westminster.

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