9 Mar 2020

Over the past 6 months we have been working alongside Puma & Redrat Clothing on a mentorship programme.  3 creatives working in dance, music & the arts had the opportunity to mentor successful applicants through an online competition to help establish their careers & teach them tricks we've learnt along our professional journey.

We had the pleasure of working with NZ based artist Ushy Ushy who creates contemporary taniwha characters & draws from the early 90s experiences producing art that is...

6 Mar 2020

In early February we had the privilege of being 1 of 3 artists chosen to participate in the launch of 'Whale Tales 2021'.  Held at the Auckland Art Gallery, the evening consisted of the host organisations sharing their connections & purpose for the fund-raising event & the presentation of the works which were painted onto large whale tails.  Thank you to WWF, Wild in Art & ATEED for the invitation we can't wait to see everything come together, below is a little background taken from the ATEED website...

16 Feb 2020

Commission artwork for Auckland Council - all abilities playground Keith Park, Weymouth Auckland.  The key logo imagery for Talking Matters creates the basis of design influence for the space.  Bright & inviting colours using the floral imagery that appears in the design create a safe & educational toilet block that is inviting & makes kids feel safe.  Thank you to everyone who created this opportunity for us to work locally.

14 Jan 2020

We have had the privilege of being commissioned for 2 major works for the new Westfield Newmarket building (final photos coming soon).  A selection of artists throughout the country have spent the past few months working on their murals adding to the stunning architecture and design of the building.

We are awaiting final images as our last site was a hugely difficult logistics project but we ended 2019 pushing past creative boundaries that at times seemed unachievable.   Highly complex with scaffoldin...

17 Jun 2019

Te Mātahi o Te Tau

Haare Williams & Janine & Charles Williams

29 June - 17 August

Opening Saturday 29 June, 10:30am

Through painting, sculpture and poetry the artists in Te Mātahi o Te Tau speak of the freshness of a new beginning that comes with Mātariki the Māori New Year.  This intergenerational exhibition brings three artists from the Williams' whānau together to share with us their responses to the wonder of the stars and the origins (whakapapa) of the world.

Ko te kaupapa e kia nei 'Te Mātahi o...

25 Mar 2019

We've been on the road, busy with the start of year, currently in Australia working on commission works and festivals so we are definately a little behind with posts.  Our creative journey is full of surprises, adventures & projects that we sometimes ourselves find it hard to recall.

We truly are humbled to head into another year & already be involved in so many activations wether personal commissions or large corporate projects.  To everyone who constantly supports us & invites us into your space we...

23 Oct 2018

A huge part of what we do includes storytelling & taking the time to research the depth of place names & local history.  In the recent school holidays we spent the first week painting in Kaikohe presenting the origin of the town name in our signature #birdgang style.

Kaikohe’s name (northland Aotearoa & the centre of the Ngapuhi Iwi) came from an incident involving fighting between inland & Hokianga groups. The paramount chief of the Kaikohe area was Hua & the land on which Kaikohe stands was Opan...

7 Oct 2018

Phats - TMD (Lens, France)

Many don't understand the difference between street art/murals & graffiti.  Graffiti is a letter based art form using colour, flow, bits & highlights all to produce a 'piece' (abbreviation of masterpiece).

We have been painting graffiti for 20 & 25 years and over time this art form as evolved from illegal visual communication to full time careers & global design opportunities.  We are in the early stages of organising some workshops for adults who may be interested...

20 Aug 2018

We had the privilege of being invited as 2 of 12 guest artists to come and customise a PODSystem Adidas sneaker as part of their global branding & launch activations.  Held at Loaded on High Street Auckland, the night consisted of some great music, food, drinks & of course sneakers.

They captured a whole bunch of great shots of the work, its definitely a challenge when you have only 60 minutes to complete your piece but we got there in time using all of the crazy materials they had.  Thank yo...

17 Aug 2018

Commissioned by Auckland Council, 'Te po, me te ra' is a work acknowledging the importance of the natural landscape in the Weymouth area.  The pillars are geographically located to acknowledge the rising & setting of the sun while the corresponding posts connect the night sky & waterways below.  Movement is symbolised through graphic contemporary shapes & Māori niho taniwha designs that speak of community & connection.

The Te Ākitai Waiohua tribe of the area once thrived along th...

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17 Jun 2019

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