If you walk along the streets of most major cities, you will almost certainly come across graffiti on the walls, pavements and bus shelters.
Not so many years ago, graffiti artists prowled late at night, covertly creating their masterpieces for city folk to see the next day. However, things seem to be changing. Rather than rushing to remove artwork and white-wash walls, local councils are starting to embrace the wonders of street art.
A two-hour walk around the centre of Aberdeen, close to my home in the north east of Scotland, provided me with a wonderful indication of street art at its best. I found an eclectic mix of colour, themes, styles and expressions.
Not only is the art impressive pieces in their own right, but many of the artists have ceased upon the opportunity to paint in public spaces so that they can ‘say something’ about themselves.
Art is, of course, an incredibly enjoyable experience. But it is also a fantastic therapy, particularly for those suffering from mental health issues. Art therapy can give people the opportunity to pause and to work at achieving self-expression, in ways that are not always possible through other forms of communication.
Many of the street artists in Aberdeen have created their work from a therapeutic sense. Many told me they couldn’t turn to anyone to express their thoughts and feelings. However, given the chance to create something in a public space, where it can be seen by the public, helped them to communicate their emotions and feelings.
I was quite intrigued by the work of the street artists in Aberdeen and so decided to put together a little video. I hope you enjoy it.
Please let me know if you have found art therapy useful or if you are working on your own street art project.