SouthSEAspray 159TrustMe Collaboration Photo credit James at Studio Jubb

Tuia 250 Street Art Festival

Contact Info

Jane Parson

Event Info

March 04, 2019
- March 08, 2019


Albert St
Post Code
Charles and Janine Williams Vector commission - Glen Innes Auckland

What to Expect

This exciting free event will allow visitors to see local and internationally recognised street artists create 12 murals on walls in the Whitianga central business area. Each mural will depict themes of navigation or First Encounters -the coming together of Maori and European in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay). 
The Tuia 250 Street Art Festival will take place in Whitianga during 4 to 8 March between the annual Art Escape Open Studio weekends.

Commemorating Tuia-Encounters 250
Mercury Bay Art Escape has organised this festival specifically to highlight the national Tuia -Encounters 250 commemorations. Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay)has great seafaring significance as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited manycenturies ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship The Endeavour.

Featured Artists
The festival will feature internationally recognised street artists Charles and Janine Williams and Flox and TrustMe. Mercury Bay Art Escape artists including their patron Michael Smither and popular street artists from the Coromandel, Hamilton and Auckland will also participate. 

A free guide leaflet giving details of the art walk during the festival will be available from the Mercury Bay Art Escape website. Featured of Artists include:

  • Charles and Janine Williams (pictured mural)
  • Flox & TrustMe Collaboration 
  • Pauly B 
Mercury Bay Art Escape (MBAE)
  • Michael D Smither (CNZM, MBAE Patron Artist)
  • Peter Nicholson (Whitianga Art Group)
  • Monique Rush (Whitianga based MBAE member)
  • Dave Fowell (MBAE founding artist) 

  • Catlin Moloney 
Community Wall - September
A community collaborative mural wall will be completed and installed during September 2019.


South SEA spray Flox & TrustMe Collaboration Photo credit James at Studio Jubb
Charles and Janine Williams Boon St Hamilton Street Art Festival


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