Street art talent quest

The street art winner gets to paint a substation, like the one in Spring Street by Wongi Wilson. Photo: Luke Shirlaw.

Young artists are invited to submit an artwork in street style that may get to be painted or applied to a Powerco sub station wall.

The Paradox Youth Street Art Competition, organised by Tauranga City Council in conjunction with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is open to artists aged 13-24 years from schools, tertiary education providers and community groups in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty have until May 23 to register and submit their work.

To showcase the variety of street art, the young artists are free to create art with and on any material they choose, as long as the surface is no larger than A1 (594 x 841 mm) and the piece can be easily moved.

The judging panel is a selection of well-known personalities of the arts and street art scene. The winning artist will get the chance to reproduce their entry on one of Powerco's substations.

“Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival is about engaging all audiences with street art and this competition encourages the city's and region's young talents,” says deputy mayor Kelvin Clout. “It highlights the creativity and vision of our young local artists through the medium of street art.”

Powerco sponsorship and marketing coordinator Lorraine Harding says one of their substations has already been transformed into a piece of art by Wongi.

“We look forward to see another one being transformed by Tauranga's next superstar street artist,” says Lorraine.

Competition winners will see their works exhibited alongside works by Wongi, Lucy McLauchlan, Jacob Yikes and Milton Springsteen.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's executive dean: teaching Dr Amanda Torr says the winning pieces will be exhibited for the public to enjoy at Toi Ohomai's newly opened Te Ara o Mauao building at the Windermere Campus from May29 to June 9 2017.


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