Artists hit the wall

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

More walls on the K’ Rd strip will be trans­formed into can­vases for some of the coun­try’s best street artists next month.

The All Fresco street art fes­ti­val will see nine artists make over a des­ig­nated site as the event re­turns for its sec­ond year from May 2 to 4.

‘‘There’s a bit of mys­tery in how large art is cre­ated and, if you’re in­ter­ested in the how of an artist’s work method, All Fresco is like hav­ing an open stu­dio,’’ cu­ra­tor Ross Liew says.

The in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val was plagued by three days of rain, so the artists have been cho­sen based on their skill and ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with large scale, out­door sites.

On­look­ers will see Auck- land’s Tanja Jade, for­merly known as Mis­ery, Mt Maun­ganui’s Owen Dip­pie and Welling­ton’s BMD duo.

All Fresco will kick off with an ex­hi­bi­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing artists’ stu­dio work in con­junc­tion with K’ Rd’s late night art event First Thurs­days on May 1.

Renowned street artist Jonny 4Higher will lead free guided tours of 20 street art sites on May 3 and 4 start­ing at the cor­ner of Up­per Queen St and K’ Rd from 1pm to 3pm.

Book­ings for the tours are es­sen­tial. Email plan­ning@ kroad.com or phone 377 5086 to book.

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