Haha…another hater of blank, grey walls.
Adding a questionmark might have enlightened a few more people though
If you are an Auckland Central local or artist of any nature, I’m sure you will be aware of the sad news regarding the complete buffing and graffiti lockdown of upper Symonds St carpark. Known to local writters as ‘Condom Alley’.
What once was a public, interactive spot that cats could hit up trouble free on a Sunday morning, and just as important, the public could come to see the artform in action, has become just another grey box filling up Auckland’s city center.
Now looking as sterile as ever, what was the Auckland City Council trying to achieve by removing a colourful, vibrant area like this? We at AWH have been aware of this semi-legal spot for many years and am sure its graffiti history goes back into the 90’s, so why…when public art installations and artistic contributions to Auckland city are now in high demand, would they remove a part of the city’s creative history?
This, more then everything else, should drive you to sign our petition and help us fight back
A lil bit of history… ‘Condom Alley’ R.I.P
For more pics, going even further back, check out these links…
Turns out, because of the complete buffing and security lockdown of the upper Symonds St’s graffiti spot locally known as ‘Condom Alley’, 1 of Auckland’s only 2 walls on legal-walls.net is now null n’ void…disappointing
This area was respected enough to land on this international website, directly promoting Auckland city to a wider, more creative audience. So why was this removed? We want answers
Don’t Buff - Get Gruff | Back of Real Groovy Records | Auckland 2006
I guess some people would rather comment on the abilities of some with paint. Nice colour choice :)
GRAFFITI ART WITH BOBBY HUNG aka BERST
17 - 20 January (4 days)
Fee: $450 (includes most materials)
This 4 day workshop is an introduction into the origins of Graffiti and its place in New Zealand. Students will learn the skills to create artwork for indoors and outdoors using aerosol paint. Berst will share his knowledge of Graffiti and various techniques and processes, while students do a collaborative mural onsite, and paint an artwork on canvas that will be exhibited as part of a group exhibition at CEAC.
Berst is an experienced Graffiti artist and is at the forefront of graffiti in New Zealand. He has been painting for ten years and has travelled extensively around Australia, America, Europe and Asia. Born in Hong Kong, he has been living in New Zealand for the last twenty two years and is qualified in a variety of disciplines. He has a Diploma in Graphic Communication, Bachelor of Design and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.
Recently Berst has developed a popular workshop in graffiti for teenagers at CEAC.
Read about the CEAC graffiti wall on our BLOG.
FROM PENCIL TO STENCIL WITH HAYLEY KING aka FLOX
17 – 19 Jan (3 days)
Fee: $350 (includes most materials)
Students will be taken step by step through the creative process of stencil making. From the initial pencil sketch to stencil cutting and then finally learning the techniques of spray painting. Students will complete a piece of art work on plywood.
Resource material based on native New Zealand flora and fauna will be provided as a starting point, but students are also welcome to work from self-sourced imagery.
Like the decorative vines and floral designs that have become synonymous with the name, Flox has been branching out into a full array of artistic disciplines.
Hayley King the artist behind the name, has always had it in her head to work hard and be open to new ways of applying her art. Stenciling has become an integral part of the look and feel of her work, brand and business.
“I like to keep my fingers in as many pies as possible, that way I’m more open to opportunities”.
From prints, gift cards and a full women’s clothing line, to interior murals and private commission work, this girl has definitely got her hands full.
Pinhurst School in Albany recently held thier first Arist-in-Residence, allowing an artist to come in over a 2 month period within school hours and create a piece of art that represents the school, while at the same time, explaining the process and hold demonstrations for the students.
It was cool to hear that Pinehurst school were forward thinking enough to start off their Artist-in-Residency program with Graffiti Artist Random, allowing him to come in and completely paint the side of their school gym.
Not only did the collaboration between school and graff artist go above and beyond the Principal’s expectations, but the completed wall was entered into the Resene National Mural Competition in Novemeber and won 2nd place! The attached article below proves the positive influence it has had on the pupils at that school…
Hopefully this mural is accepted and enjoyed by the wider community and the negative attitude surrounding art with cans starts to melt away…beginning with these students
Source: Mural Masterpieces
Good news, AWH recently found out that Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) has been working with Waitakere City Council and Graffiti Art Crew TMD (The Most Dedicated) and have formally agreed that a wall at Corban Estate will be adopted by TMD for their high end artwork. The project titled SubUrban Development links to their project Urban Development at Rhubarb Lane in the central city.
But this agreement was back in Sept. 2010, over 1 1/2 years ago. Why has this tolerant and positive attitude not continued within the new SuperCity council, and been accepted within the city itself? More constructive communication is needed within the offices of the council to help share the attitude that Corban Estate and the Waitakeri City Council held years ago. Come on…catchup Auckland City.
Over the 2011 Labour weekend of Oct. 22nd - 24th, the Graffiato Street Art Festival brought 16 New Zealand street artists to Taupo over one weekend to leave an indelible mark on the town.
Aimed at dispelling the myth around those who paint public walls, locals got to see the artists for what they are; passionate and dedicated members of our communities, who contribute freely their time and talent to beautify our public spaces.
The result was a collection of contemporary murals to rival any city in NZ. A lasting testament to the talent we have been brewing outside of the focus of our main-stream arts.
We suggest you head down and check it out very soon, then spread the word back up in Auckland while your at it thanks…