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The Scoop: Street Prints Mauao 2020

Street Prints Mauao 2020 is coming back to Tauranga Moana and we’ve got The Scoop on all the rad and vibrant happenings from 9 – 14 January! Check it out…

Established back in 2014, Street Prints was first developed as a platform for street artists to sell their works and prints. As time progressed and as they travelled to various festivals and events around NZ and the world, the Street Prints concept grew and evolved. Now, they also engage in art exhibitions, workshops, mentoring, volunteering and organizing four international street art festivals.

This year the artists will share their talents by gifting inspired large scale artworks based on the Māori proverb; “Ahakoa he iti, he Pounamu – Although small, it is precious”.

Artists from the United States, Ireland, UK, Greece, Italy and Australia will fly in for the community event and paint alongside artists from around Aotearoa including five Tauranga artists.

Street Prints Mauao will open with a Powhiri on the top of Mauao at 9am on Thursday 9th January to welcome the artists, visitors, and sponsors. The festival runs for five days during which activities are open for the public including live painting, an apprenticeship program, art workshops, youth mentoring, and exhibition and auction. All events are free to attend and open to all ages.

For more information or to view a gallery of artworks, the festival hub is located at the former i-site centre at the corner of Wharf and Willow Streets and will be open for the duration of the festival. Street Prints Mauao 2020 is presented by P.A.I.N.T. – Pushing Arts In NZ Trust, the Tauranga City Council and TECT.

Check out what’s to come in 2020…


MURALS: 9 – 14 January | Street Prints Mauao

20 Murals by 20 of the World’s Top Street Artists

20 murals are to be painted between the 9th and 14th January by local and international artists, along with a local youth mentoring program to create something beautiful for Tauranga. The walls will be located in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga and Te Puke to bring people together and build connections with the community.

WORKSHOPS: 9 – 14 January | Street Prints Mauao

Five street art workshops will be available to the community facilitated by 5 international street artists who specialise in graffiti, stencil art calligraphy, painting, drawing and design.

The Community Art Mural with Askew One will take place daily from 10 – 12 Jan on the lowest level of the Spring Street parking building – and you can participate! Turn up and grab some paint and get creative! Meet outside the Spring Street Carpark where further instructions will be given. All ages welcome to participate! Unlimited spaces available.

MENTORING: 9 – 14 January | Street Prints Mauao

This year Street Prints Mauao will be further developing their program to give more young creatives the opportunity to engage with alternative creatives and inspire and empower the next generation. They will team up with Ngā Kākano Foundation who are based in Te Puke to provide local Rangatahi for the youth mentoring program. They are also committed to long term plans of providing options and support for tertiary education.

Youth have the opportunity to help artists paint large scale murals and assist them in creating something beautiful for your community.

More info about the Youth Mentoring Program is available on the website. Please click through to the website link to register. There are limited spaces available.

EXHIBITION: 9 – 14 January | Street Prints Mauao

Street Prints will be showcasing art pieces from participating Street Prints Mauao artists inside the gallery throughout the festival. On the Sunday they will auction these pieces with 80% of profits going back to the artists and 20% donated to Pushing Arts in NZ Trust (P.A.I.N.T) which will assist in facilitating more creative opportunities and projects within the art community.


Check out some of the community-focused highlights of the upcoming event:

  • Four apprenticeships have been offered to Toi Ohomai students who will get to work closely with the performing street artists.
  • A mural will be created as part of the new Bayfair redevelopment.
  • A mural is to be created at Te Puke Basketball, with involvement from the community.
  • The largest mural in the Western Bay of Plenty is scheduled for creation in Te Puke with assistance from over 80 local Te Puke youth, many of them coming from local iwi Tapuika. Street Prints will collaborate with Ngā Kākano Foundation who will provide all of the rangatahi for this project. International artist Fin DAC has been selected to lead this mural project and bring forth a beautiful portrait that connects our community.
  • Our Place will be the place to be for street artists in Tauranga, with artist talks and hangouts happening throughout the event.


And check out the video from 2017’s event!


Follow Street Prints on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about locations, times and event details as they unfold.

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