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Māori artists join campaign to save Samoa's national bird
A national campaign's been launched to save Samoa's national bird, the Manumea, from extinction. Māori artists Charles and Janine Williams, who specialise in painting large scale murals of native birds from the Pacific, are lending a helping hand to save the bird by providing a visual aid.
TMD x Dowse Art Museum: Museum walk through
This immersive experience tells the story of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, Aotearoa’s most renowned international street art collective. Featuring the work of over 20 of its members, visitors will be able to delve into the origins and evolution of this graffiti super group. “The rise of TMD as a creative collective has its origins in Auckland’s mid to late 90’s graffiti scene. The post-recessionary environment after the 1987 stock market crash was the perfect incubator for a thriving and vibrant Hip-Hop scene with a uniquely pacific slant... - the city provided an abundance of grey area where these young people could forge lifelong bonds, while cementing their sense of identity. With humble beginnings from this crew emerged its fair share of unsung and underground heroes as well as many of Aotearoa’s first global stars in the graffiti and large scale street art arena.” – ASKEW ONE With zones that explore the various phases of the crews history and evolution, this exhibition offers multiple ways for visitors to learn more and interact with this dynamic strand of Aotearoa’s art history. Pop into a 90’s dairy to get your TMD merch, drop in for a ‘writing’ session in the flat, be surrounded by the larger than life AV display, and go deep with the crew’s most contemporary works to date. Street art is one of many diverse forms of contemporary art and this exhibition provides an opportunity for everyone to learn about its evolution as a contemporary art genre through the lens of Aotearoa’s most highly respected and internationally renowned urban street art crew. This exhibition does not condone illegal damage, the defacing of property or unnecessary risk but suggests that there are other artforms that sometimes sit outside of the mainstream that might provide an alternative career pathway. “The transcendent nature of graffiti crosses many social divides. TMD started as a ragtag group of outsiders from around Auckland but grew into a family that includes members from Australia and Germany. As its members have evolved as people, started families, encountered hardship and success the bond built through a common interest has brought a powerful sense of cohesion.” – PHAT1 Included in The Most Dedicated will be contributions from ACRE, ADDICT, ASKEW ONE (Elliot O’Donnell), BERST (Dr. Bobby Hung), DEUS (Elliot Francis Stewart), DYLE52 aka SAVES (Benjamin Work), EXIST*, FLURO (Holly Ross), HASER (Kairau Bradley), LADY DIVA (Janine Williams), Mark Henare, MISERY (Tanja Jade), ONEDEAP (Jamie McCready), PEST5 (Jonny 4Higher), PHAT1 (Charles Williams), RAMS*, RIMONI (Raymond Sagapolutele), RYZE (Gary Silipa), SOFLES, VANS THE OMEGA (Joel Van Moore), and WOW123 (Markus Genesius). The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story is part of The Dowse Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary programme. It continues our commitment to street art and urban art culture that was initiated through projects such as Respect: Hip Hop Aotearoa (2003), The New Cool (2005) and Common Ground (2009). Filmed: @enniethehumanrobot Narrated: @berst_1
Street Prints Mauao 2020 Community
Street Prints Mauao is a bright, unique and fun Community Art Festival. Our focus is not only to provide an added layer for visitors and tourists to enjoy, but to give something back to our community that is beautiful and means something. Ten International Artists from Australia, Ireland, UK, USA, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Three Artists from around Aoteraoa and Five Artists from Tauranga will paint a total of 18 Large scale murals based on the Festival theme. "Ahakoa he iti, he Pounamu" the english translation being "Although small, it is Precious" This theme signifies the importance of our Children and Youth and the importance of taking small steps to care for them as a community and the focus on looking after the environment and earth so that it is still here for future generations. This is the third time Street Prints have done this festival in Tauranga Moana.
The Dowse x TMD Crew: Street Art Mentoring Programme
A group of Lower Hutt rangatahi learn from world-renowned street artists to create murals around their communities as part a year-long street art mentoring programme hosted by The Dowse Art Museum and Hutt City Council. The programme will lead up to a major exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum in early 2021 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the street art collective TMD Crew. The first workshop was held in July 2020, led by Janine and Charles Williams, members of TMD crew and artists based in Auckland. Thanks to Janine & Charles Williams, TMD Crew, and YouthTown. Find out more at dowse.org.nz
The Dowse x TMD Crew: Street Art Mentoring Programme, 2020-21
A group of Lower Hutt rangatahi learn from world-renowned street artists to created murals around their communities as part a year-long street art mentoring programme hosted by The Dowse Art Museum and Hutt City Council. The programme was in the lead up to The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the street art collective TMD Crew. Thanks to Janine & Charles Williams, TMD Crew, and YouthTown.
20 Years on - TMD Graffiti Wall - Maple Laneway
The TMD Crew went back to Maple Laneway to a 20 Year old Graffiti Wall they did alongside Youth and Reunited to Repaint the Wall alongside International Graffiti Writers and local Maori Artists. Involved in the Wall from Left to Right; Mayonaize - Melbourne / Australia Eric Skotnes - Los Angeles / USA Askew One - New York / Auckland Phat One - Auckland / NZ Lady DIva - Auckland / NZ Reweti Arapere - Palmerston North / NZ Benjamin Work - Tonga / Auckland
Dawn Raid Ft. TMD Crew at Avondale
The Most Dedicated Crew painted a wall, dedicated to the musicians of Dawn Raid, to promote the documentary about the iconic record label from South Auckland. Artists: Rams, Pest5, Phat1, Diva (Charles & Janine Williams), Fluro, Berst. Music by Deceptikonz Video by mira_a_mire Mirella Moschella.
BIG Picture Series AR Port Adelaide
Take an immersive self-guided tour through Port Adelaide city centre throughout 2022 and uncover a hidden world as artworks are brought to life with augmented reality. We have worked in conjunction with Wonderwalls Port Adelaide to bring some of our favourite artworks to life as well as adding AR to key historic sites like the Lighthouse and Black Diamond corner. We have been working alongside Dave court, Etam Cru Charles & Janine Williams, Kurt Bosecke, Elizabeth Close, Sam Songailo, Demsky J and Vans The Omega with a team of animators including Boost VR & Dave Court. Scan the QR code from the video and download ‘bigpictureseries’ app on google play or AppStore. Some mobile devices may not be optimal for the best AR experience. We also strongly encourage you to download the app via WiF before you head out on site. #bigpictureport #bigpictureseries #thebigpicturefest
Rerenga Mural by Charles & Janine Williams December 2018
Rerenga (flowing and journey) speaks of the journey we take as a community to embrace and celebrate the richness of our cultural identity as South Aucklanders. Different cultures are represented using a variety of flora and speak of the colour and beauty of the diverse nationalities that make up Manukau City. Joined together by a band symbolising the currents of the ocean, it flows through the blue waters of the moana (ocean) with loosely represented cultural designs used as way finders that connect our navigational history to the space and show us the way. Anchored on both ends by the endemic Tui and kōwhai flowers, this acknowledgement of mana whenua (indigenous people) as the foundational blocks of our community ground the work and complete the journey like our ancestors did here in Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Wonderwalls Port Adelaide 2019
Wonderwalls Port Adelaide The Big Picture Fest recap video featuring the amazing talent of SatOne Peeta Janine Williams CharlesWilliams Thufu Bebeto Ochieng Dave Court Sarah Boese 10tkl Kabuki Etc Jake Holmes Josh Searson Anatoly Akue Scott Rathman Tailor Winston Sparrow Uganda @work.by.ampersand Hari Koutlakis Kalideres Tiff Rysdale Draw & Hope A massive thanks to Pirate Life beer for coming on board as our major sponsor and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for the constant backing and support. Thanks to our sponsors Ironlak Topline Paint Pty Ltd Access Hire Australia Canon Collective Quest Port Adelaide Red Lime Shack Black Diamond Tattoo #picturethisagency APM: Australian Press Music Filmed by Jack Turner & Nick Frayne Editor/Colourist: Jack Turner Intro song: AK_04_Chaindrive 2nd Track: Darwin’s Theory - Accept the Truth Inkswell Version 3rd & Final track: Hightide feat. @planetselfmusic Yarah Bravo, John Robinson & Zion l.
Street Prints Manaia 2019 Final Murals
Whangarei's First International Street Art Festival. 20 Street Artists painting 15 murals based on the theme 'Tuia te Muka Tāngata' or 'Weaving threads of Humanity' Bought to you by Pushing Arts In Nz Trust and Whangarei District Council and supported by Tuia 250 Encounters, Foundation North, Fin DAC, Resene Paint, Creative Communities.
Frankston City - Digital Street Art Walking Tour - The Graceful Ascent
The Kōtuku, also known as the Great Egret or White Heron, is a local bird to Frankston and has a deep spiritual connection with indigenous Māori of New Zealand, especially around a time of tangi mourning. The artists explain, “Our great uncle Dr Haare Williams said the Kōtuku is the carrier of souls to Hawaiki ancestral - spiritual home. We wanted to capture the movement as it gracefully ascends carrying the loss to Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki pamamao, your resting place, their resting place. We think of our 51 fallen heroes. (Christchurch, March 2019)” Artist Bio: Charles is a founding member and president of the world championship winning crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), a collective of creatives from around the world who continue to push artistic boundaries. They have been global leaders in the urban contemporary art field over the past 20 years. Charles' accolades include winning world graffiti art titles as a crew in Germany 2006 and individually in Tahiti 2016, winning the Modesto California mural competition in 2018 and participating in the Guinness Book of Records world’s largest graffiti scroll project as a sponsored artist in Dubai 2016. Janine is one of Aotearoa's first female urban artists and also a member of TMD crew. She has spent the past 15 years developing community art activations and more recently corporate engagement projects. Her recent works in the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) region as part of a small group of mana whenua endorsed artists' include: GridAKL building external designs BHive building at Smales Farm internal meeting pod themes commissioned art work 132 Halsey waterfront apartment building that will feature sculptural works Together, Charles and Janine have exhibited and produced work around the world including large murals in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Guam, Los Angles, New York, Miami, Australia, the U.S, Tonga, Rarotonga and also exhibited in Hong Kong, Australia and Tahiti. As chosen members of the 2016 Aotearoa delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts, they have the honour of again representing their nation at the 2020 Hawaii FestPAC Festival and have been invited to numerous street art festivals throughout the years around the world. Married with four children, whanau (family) and hapori (community) are an integral and important part of the artists’ full time creative journey. They believe that a work of art is not only about the finished product but includes the relationships you build along the way with the people and communities you encounter. Working and travelling extensively throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and around the globe, Charles and Janine create visual stories that connect us to people and the spaces around us. This video forms part of Frankston City's Digital Street Art Walking Tour. Download the Discover Frankston mobile app from App Store or Google Play Store to take the tour and discover more artwork on the trail.
Whānui – Auckland Arts Festival 2018
Whānui 2018 featured five projects as a celebration of Tāmaki Makaurau and our creative neighbourhoods. For 2018 the Whānui theme was creative intergenerational conversations: where older and younger people interact, create, share and learn from each other. Imagine The Land Students from Lynfield College and older people from the neighbourhood created hundreds of clay bowls from local soil. Through the process of making them, stories, memories and perspectives were shared across the generations. The bowls physically represent these interactions and were components of a large floor-based art installation facilitated by artist Ekarasa Doblanovic. Tūhono Tūhono is a Māori word meaning to bond, join and connect.This large scale visual arts project led by urban contemporary artists Charles & Janine Williams connected Upper Harbour Primary students, their grandparents and elders to preserve the stories of yesterday for the generations of tomorrow. Children Talk About A brave new documentary theatre project led by theatremaker Alice Canton created a space for young people to have courageous conversations about living and dying. Built from interviews with Ormiston Junior College students and people from their community, Children Talk About interwove complex and curious stories told by the very young about the very old. Home Fires Curated and facilitated by Tamati Patuwai and Mad Ave, this 'Artivist' project responded to the impact of housing redevelopment in the Tāmaki area. Wananga ritual, arts practice and performance were woven together as tools for healing, resilience and cohesion in the innovative initiative, a four-day event in the backyards and open spaces of Glen Innes. Hui e, Taiki e! 4 THA LUMANA’I A ground-breaking live performance led by music and sound producer Anonymouz, 4 THA LUMANA’I sought the parallels between traditional Sāmoan customs and contemporary Hip Hop artforms. Backed by compelling video projection, a cast of local Sāmoan tulāfale orator chiefs joined rappers, poets and community performers for a living conversation between the past, present and future. Whānui 2018 was made possible through funding from The Auckland Diversity Project Fund a partnership between Creative NZ and Foundation North, and sponsored by Todd Corporation. Imagine The Land was supported by the Puketāpapa Local Board. Home Fires was supported by the Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd. 4 Tha Lumana'i was supported by the Māngere – Ōtāhuhu Local Board.
Real Time Web Series: Episode 5- Phat1 TMD
00:19 Background and history, 19:00 Influences and inspiration, 37:04 Style, Techniques, and spray paint, 47:41 Process and Creativity, 57:01 Opinions and Advice. Best viewed in HD. The Real Time Web Series is a project that showcases past and present graffiti writers from New Zealand. The series presents the writers real time working process from start to finish accompanied by a narration of answers to questions that have been created by an online audience. Film & Edit: Berst GBAK TMD @Berst_1 Episode 5 artist: Phat1 TMD SUK @Charlestmd Music: DJ Mkar @Djmkar, Peeti Lamwilai @Peetilamwilai Music: DJ Mkar- Kpwohinesgeht, DJ Mkar- Sweet sadness, DJ Mkar- Batman, DJ Mkar- Debora, DJ Mkar- Dunkel, DJ Mkar- Futuravibe, DJ Mkar- Future, DJ Mkar- Golem, DJ Mkar- Good feel melanchol, DJ Mkar- Gute sample, DJ Mkar- Hollywood air, DJ Mkar- I want you, DJ Mkar- Manson Bells, DJ Mkar- Meditativ, DJ Mkar- New Try, DJ Mkar- Prey, DJ Mkar- Russich, DJ Mkar- Saw, DJ Mkar- Slow, DJ Mkar- Space, DJ Mkar-Synthiez vibez, DJ Mkar- Track 78, DJ Mkar- Warmfuzz freestyle beat, Otis McDonald- O Sky,, Peeti Lamwilai- Walls in motion, Otis McDonald- Man in the sky, Huma-Huma- Smooth Ridin, Otis McDonald- Suddenly Contributors: @janinetmd, @route52, @opake_guam, @_dside, @ ohalloranliam_aka_cloneking, @mark_tmd, @benjaminwork, @kolagios, @lee_snaxx, @juicemakea, @kaiok_, @mindoner, @bakore1, @kels.t, @phus_bna, @18ism, @el_wewachuchetumadre123, @serval77, @yoyelz, @alphabetboogie, @nitemare007, @pas_atiga, @b_sann, @lazyas_, @dreamhungry, @1208designs, @daskee_fsk, @t_gawlhan, @skumb_one, @matastore, @artbyjaime, @__julia, @dleyskills, @raid752, @siderous, @james_flack90, @aisix_, @mirrorrrrrrr, @miriad_man, @coco_know_the9, @lediegue, @trunevafalse, @yo_bmahoe, @yousleepwecreep, Pascal Atiga-Bridger, Sam Evans, Si Omer, Earnest Bradley, Jacob Ryan, Thijs Van Der Beek, John Crush, Josh Drows Montgomery, Riki Peters, Raymond Sagapolutele, Jade North, Garreth Steiner, Sharnn Mahuika, Ephraim Russell, Josh Mutscheller, Mark Henare, Tearahi Wilson, Shaun Funnell, Steven Te Ahiwaka-Keil, Strikt Tahau, Nalim Otis, Isaac Leef, Tahi Piripi, IG IGtauranga, Antwone and White Kazakage.
Wonderwalls Festival – Port Kembla
Wonderwalls Festival wrapped up for another year in a brand new location at Port Kembla, NSW. This years line-up featured a myriad of national and international street artists & muralists. The festival saw the community come together to embrace the refreshing splash of colour on the massive walls around town. The community spirit and proud sense of ownership was overwhelming throughout the course of the three day festival. Thanks to all the artists who were a part of Wonderwalls Festival 2019. We're hooking you up with the release of this video. Cop the Ironlak Green Machine Camo Spray Paint Pack here: https://ironlak.com/au/ironlak-green-machine-camo-spray-paint-packs.html Bronte Naylor (https://www.instagram.com/brontenaylor/) Case Maclaim (https://www.instagram.com/case_maclaim/) Charles & Janine Williams (https://www.instagram.com/charles_phat1tmd/ https://www.instagram.com/janine_divatmd/) Gus Eagleton (https://www.instagram.com/instaguss/) Loretta Lizzio (https://www.instagram.com/loretta_lizzio/) Poncho Army (https://www.instagram.com/poncho_army/) Sarah McCloskey (https://www.instagram.com/sarsar/) Siguel (https://www.instagram.com/elsiguel/) Trav MSK (https://www.instagram.com/travmsk/) Will Gates (https://www.instagram.com/willis82/) Shot/cut: Mitch Jones for Verb Syndicate (https://verbsyndicate.com/) Visit: http://wonderwallsfestival.com/ https://ironlak.com/
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans at Napier Port
Charles and Janine Williams transform a shed at Napier Port as part of PangeaSeed's Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival. Titled 'Tautoko', the mural highlights the plight of the bar-tailed godwit, a threatened shore bird that feeds in the estuary at Ahuriri and travels with focus, strength and determination during its 11,000km flight from Alaska to Aotearoa. Charles and Janine were inspired by Chief Tu Ahuriri, who cut a channel into the lagoon space at Ahuriri because the Westshore entrance had become blocked. With courage and an understanding of the greater good of his people, Chief Tu Ahuriri created change. Their mural aims to inspire people to follow this lead, and create change for the good of threatened species and our broader environment. He aha te mea nui o te ao? What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. Time lapse video by Macaroni Media.
Hauhake launches Matariki Festival | Auckland Council
Street artists Charles & Janine Williams have revealed ‘Hauhake’ - a rain art work on Queen St, outside Britomart Train Station, that can only be seen when it’s wet. The event marked the launch of the programme for Matariki Festival 2016. This year the festival is hosted in partnership with Ngāti Paoa, and ‘Hauhake’ tells the story of the days when their waka would supply Tāmaki Makaurau with a bountiful harvest of fresh produce. To view the Matariki Festival programme, visit www.matarikifestival.org.nz.
Matariki Festival 2016 - St. James Theatre, Auckland - Laser Projection Mapping
July 2016 saw New Zealand urban contemporary artist, Janine Williams, teams up with Dandy & Co and Epson for the Matariki Festival at the St. James Theatre, Auckland. Experience how laser projection* mapping brought Janine's ideas to life and communicated what Matariki is all about. For more information about Epson's large venue laser projectors: http://www.epson.co.nz/products/Large-Venue-Projectors-L-Series http://www.epson.com.au/products/Large-Venue-Projectors-L-Series Interact with Epson on Social Media: Facebook (Australia): https://www.facebook.com/EpsonAustralia Facebook (New Zealand): https://www.facebook.com/EpsonNewZealand Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/EpsonAust Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/epson-australia YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/EpsonAustralia *Projectors used in this project were EB-L1405UNL 8000 lumen laser projectors fitted with ELPLU02 Short Throw lenses.
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