PEMBROKE, MALTA - 28 AUGUST 2016: Jersey barriers block the road leading to White Rocks complex, where street artists painted on the walls of abandoned, derelict buildings in Pembroke, Malta, on August 28th 2016.
The White Rocks area was originally developed as quarters for the British services. When the British left, the area was turned into a tourist complex but it eventually closed down and fell into ruins.
While many cities across the world denounce the defacing of a public property, on the Mediterranean island of Malta it is encouraged.
According to Sandra Borg of Arts Council Malta, street art projects “engage with numerous communities and contribute directly to urban regeneration”. Funding from Arts Council Malta, allows schools to offer additional creative arts subjects and many choose street art; with ‘NO WAR’ creator, James Grimaud, teaching students sketching, stencil making and aerosol use.