In year’s past, From the Ground Up, Rise 2014, and Spectrum 2015-16 street art festivals led by Oi! YOU, Canterbury Museum, and the YMCA were the blockbuster events that put street art on the map and is the “street art capital” that it is today.
This summer, from 21-29 December, YMCA along with Pushing Art In New Zealand (PAINT) are bringing the people of Christchurch, Street Prints Otautahi (SPO). 10 large scale murals from New Brighton to Lyttleton, and yes, even the Dance-o-mat, will be painted by New Zealand and international artists. A first in these festivals, this year each artist will have an apprentice helping them throughout the creative process. There will also be hip hop, b boy, parkour, skate, and circus workshops at four of these sites.
21/12 – New Brighton Old School | 10:30am – 1pm | CINZAH | with Swarm, Common Ground, Flip Out – Parkour and the Christchurch Circus Centre | Click attending here: http://bit.ly/2Bo7fu0
21/12 – Dance O Mat | 2pm – 5pm | FINDAC | with Swarm, Common Ground and the Christchurch Circus Centre | Click attending here: http://bit.ly/2B1GY7R
22/12 – Lyttleton Primary School | CLAIRE FOXTON | with Swarm, Common Ground and Flipout – Parkour| Click attending here: http://bit.ly/2yOib18
22/12 – Ara Allen Street Car Park | ERIKA PEARCE | with Swarm, Common Ground and Cheapskates Skate Skool | Click attending here: http://bit.ly/2kGa0iv
Keep an eye out on our Instagram and Facebook as we bring you updates about the murals and interviews with some of the artists and apprentices on our blog. We’d love to hear what you think about our posts. Please don’t hesitate to comment.
And of course, send through any photos you take of the murals as they go up here, and we’ll add them to our map. The ten mural locations are already on our interactive map at watchthisspace.org.nz. Just look in the gallery for images that look like this.