Wednesday, 05 August 2020


Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival is underway

The Mercury Bay Art Escape’s Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival is underway in the Whitianga CBD. The festival will continue until Friday this week (8 March).

A range of stunning murals, designed to reflect the festival’s themes of “First Encounters” and “Navigation,” are in the making. The murals were designed and are being painted by artists recognised both in New Zealand and overseas.

Street artists, Flox and #TrustMe, are working together in Whitianga, but both have outstanding individual reputations on the national and international street art scene. They recently worked together on a mural in Riverton using spray paint and stencils. Their mural in Whitianga is located in the service lane between The Cave and the Whitianga Town Hall.

Dave Fowell, a sculptor and painter from Flaxmill Bay, is painting on the Mercury Bay Pharmacy wall in Monk Street. Dave has exhibited artworks in New Zealand and Italy before.

Michael Smither CNZM, one of New Zealand’s most prominent artists is working on his mural outside Bread & Butter Gallery in Albert Street.

Charles and Janine Williams are highly respected on the street art scene. The mural they are creating is next to the walkway between Blacksmith Lane and Taylor’s Mistake. Having created murals throughout New Zealand and around the world, their work features cultural designs and native/endemic life which connects local people, their stories and the land.

Other murals are being created on the Subway restaurant wall in Coghill Street and the BNZ Wall facing the Whitianga Post Shop.

Pamphlets with a map showing the locations of all the murals are available from the Whitianga i-SITE in Albert Street.

Pictured: Flox (left) and #TrustMe after they have started work on their mural in Monk Street.


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