Lisbon vs Porto: Contrasts in Urban Art Public Management

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As a worldwide growing trend, graffiti and urban or street art are now part of many cities’ action programs. Lisbon and Porto local governments are investing their efforts into managing these practices — clearly separating graffiti from different art forms — creating cleaning brigades to erase graffiti and other spontaneous interventions and at the same time promoting urban art by legalizing murals and supporting street artists. As a way to promote themselves as creative and artistic cities, Lisbon and Porto created two programs that support street art: Urban Art Gallery1 in Lisbon and Urban Art Program2 in Porto. In this article two PHD students collaborate to analyze the development of urban art in both Lisbon and Porto, mainly focusing on the last decade; to analyze the contrasts on the public management of urban art; and to observe the influence it may have on the artistic landscape of both cities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-41
Number of pages14
JournalStreet Art and Urban Creativity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Cultural management
  • Graffiti
  • Murals
  • Street art
  • Urban art
  • Visuality


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