Street artists to give K Road splash of colour
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.