Thursday March 1, 2018
Art ‘treasure hunt’ to help fund Aussie tour
Kemi Whitwell, left, and Niko Leyden in their “deckshop” studio in Mount Cook, overlooking Prince of Wales Park. PHOTO: Supplied
Urban explorers have been given the chance to take home a free artwork by local artists Kemi Whitwell and Niko Leyden - if they can find it first. With the assistance of volunteers in Dunedin, Nelson and Wellington, the artists are giving away 15 artworks by hiding them in urban green spaces and using social media to give out clues. Over 30 days in Wellington, Dunedin and Nelson, Kemi and Niko are hidiing 15 small artworks, made from salvaged materials, free to anyone who finds them. The opportunity to attend an artist residency camp in Australia prompted artist duo, owners of Kemi Niko & Co Artist Store, to come up with a unique way of giving back before asking the
public for crowdfunding support. As part of the art camp they will run a workshop sharing their knowledge of how to turn the humble tin can into an art-making material, something often seen in their work. “‘All materials salvaged’ has been our ethos for a while. People always respond really well to our work as the materials add an extra layer of character,” Kemi explains. Using these reclaimed materials, including paint tin lids, salvaged rimu beams, recycled house paint and flattened tin cans, means their ‘gifts’ can all handle being left out in the wild. “With the help of some adventure experts we’ll be hiding one artwork per day, up to four a week, over the 30 days of our Boosted
campaign to fund our place at art camp in Australia.” Wellington’s next hunt is tomorrow, March 2, somewhere near Massey Memorial, Miramar Peninsula. Keen seekers are encouraged to join the Facebook event as Kemi and Nico will post there about the upcoming hunts. The locations in Wellington will include green spaces along the south coast, Otari Wilton, Mount Cook and Brooklyn. The majority of the gifts will be hidden until March 13. To donate to Kemi and Nico’s crowdfunding campaign go to www.boosted.org.nz/projects/ our-lace-in-time-place-spacenomad.
Major skateboarding event to hit Wellington Skateboarding is set for the national stage next week and Wellington will be playing host. Bowlzilla Wellington, an event encompassing New Zealand National Bowl / Park Skateboarding titles, will be held at Waitangi Park on March 10. It will be the third time the event is held in Wellington. The national governing body,
Skateboarding New Zealand, sanctions this event as the national competition series final. Supported by the Wellington City Council, the event will be the biggest celebration of skateboarding and its culture in New Zealand this year. The open competition will include divisions for 16 & Under, Women, Masters 40+ and Pro/Am Open.
Originating from the Gold Coast, Bowlzilla was born out of like-minded friends in the skateboard community looking for new platforms to promote their friend’s extraordinary talents. Organisers predict interest from the public and support from national government agencies will increase with skateboarding now an official Olympic sport.
Sea Scouts help with swim races to Somes Island On Saturday morning a hardy contingent of competitors swam the penultimate race of a series of ocean swims around Wellington The event saw more than 60 swimmers meet to participate in a multi-distance option event ranging from 6.7 to 3km in length that included swimming from Petone foreshore to Matiu/Somes and/ or circumnavigating Matiu/ Somes and Mokopuna Islands. While the swim to the island has occurred nearly every year
since 1948 with Petone Swim Club, this is the first time the event has taken swimmers around the island. Britannia Sea Scouts were pleased to be able to support this event, particularly as the youngest swimmer of the day was one of their scouts, Hayleigh Bond, 14. They are currently facing their own challenge in a scout hall rebuild, with their existing space, one of the boat sheds of Evans Bay, regularly flooding and requiring significant work.
Cook Strait News 01-03-18