Street artists to give K Road splash of colour

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

Street artists usu­ally prac­tise their trade in back al­leys un­der the cover of dark­ness.

But this week­end the coun­try’s top street artists will work in broad day­light as they trans­form a se­lec­tion of Karanga­hape Rd’s dullest walls and build­ing.

The an­nual All Fresco Art Fes­ti­val will run from April 10 to 12 and is set to in­ject colour into K’ Rd’s blank spa­ces.

The three-year-old event is spon­sored by the K’ Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion with the aim of pro­mot­ing cre­ativ­ity along the in­fa­mous street.

Ten New Zealand artists will add their cre­ative signatures to ar­eas, in­clud­ing the south­ern side of the Mer­cury Lane car park build­ing and the en­trance­way to the new cy­cle­way run­ning from Up­per Queen St to Bach Rd.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Cleo Bar­nett hopes the event will brighten up the area and make it more ap­peal­ing to the public.

‘‘We con­sider it a beau­ti­fi­ca­tion process so we have cho­sen walls that have a his­tory of van­dal­ism or bad things hap­pen­ing around them at night.’’

Bar­nett, who lives on K’ Rd, says the fes­ti­val show­cases the artis­tic his­tory of the neigh­bour­hood.

‘‘K’ Rd has such an amaz­ing sub­cul­ture of artists and cre­ative minds.

‘‘We hope All Fresco gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to see and be­come a part of this side which can some­times feel out of reach if you are not in the art world.’’

The artists have three days to bring their pieces to life and the public is en­cour­aged to come and watch the artists in ac­tion.

Free work­shops have been added to this year’s pro­gramme of­fer­ing public lessons in ty­pog­ra­phy, sticker and sten­cil-mak­ing. Bar­nett says they want to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved rather than just watch­ing. A show­case of work from New Zealand street artists, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing All Fresco artists, opens on April 9 at Yes Col­lec­tive.

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