Saturday, 19 October 2019

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Flox and #TrustMe to participate in Tuia 250 Street Art Festival

The Mercury Bay Art Escape have announced on Thursday last week that internationally respected street artists Flox​ (Hayley King) and #TrustMe (Ross Liew) will participate in the Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival that will be held from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March.

The pair will paint a large mural between The Cave retail store and the Whitianga Town Hall in Monk Street. They have recently completed a mural in Riverton that illustrates the concepts of diversity and inclusiveness. The same concepts are relevant to the nationwide Tuia theme of “weaved together,” the intangible bonds that are established between people when they work together.

Flox’s intricately hand-cut stencils are what makes her style unique and her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are not only depicted in her murals, but also in her expanded practice of producing prints, publications and homewares. Numerous TV appearances and editorials have added to her popularity. Seen everywhere from Berlin, Hong Kong and New York to Taiwan and India, Flox continues to spread her wings.

#TrustMe has more than 15 years’ experience in public art. He is a founding member of Cut Collective, an Auckland based art collective specialising in public projects and is a passionate advocate for the role of public art in enhancing built-up environments and contributing towards the improvement of public spaces. His personal and professional focus is on the role art and artists can play in contributing towards the quality of built-up environments and the communities that occupy and use them, while, at the same time, encouraging authentic engagement between artists and the communities which host their work. 

“We are honoured by the generous community spirit shown by [Flox and #TrustMe], who are, [like all the other artists], donating their skills and time when they participate in the Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival in March,” says Jane Parson, organiser of the street art festival. “The festival, along with other art installations that will form part of the Whitianga town upgrade, will see Whitianga and Te Whanganui-A-Hei [Mercury Bay] visually showing its important place in the history of New Zealand,”

Picture: Internationally respected street artists Flox and #TrustMe will be participate in the Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival that will be held from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March. Photo courtesy of Studio Jubb.

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