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Central City Art Scene Set to Buzz

Media Release
Monday 3 September 2012

Central City Art Scene Set to Buzz as Artweek in Auckland’s Big Little City Arrives in October

BIG little City is gearing up to spread its artistic wings far and wide as the home of ARTWEEK 2012, this October and November.

Auckland’s thriving visual art scene is set to come alive across the ten-day event (running from 26th October - 4th November 2012) as galleries, corporate and public spaces provide an exciting opportunity for people to engage with forward-thinking and creative talent in and around the central city.

Alex Swney, CEO of Heart of the City says, “Supporting the arts is a key pillar for Heart of the City and we are thrilled to be involved. Already in its third year, Art Week presented by the NZ Contemporary Art Trust in Auckland’s BIG little City promises to be bigger and better than ever before. ARTWEEK 2012 encourages people to explore all that is on offer in their city via gallery exhibitions, performances, discussions, tours and installations.”

For the first time ever, three commissioned street art murals will be unveiled at various central city locations in celebration of the diverse and inspiring up-and-coming art scene in the BIG little City. Be sure not to miss these incredible murals located at the corner of Rutland and Lorne Street, the Mid- City, Elliott Street steps, and another city centre location soon to be announced.

“From street art to hidden corporate art collections and everything in between, ARTWEEK 2012 will certainly appeal to both the culturally cultivated and the inquisitive with the wide variety of events and activities on offer,” adds Swney.

Another welcomed addition to this year’s calendar is the BIG little City’s free Walks of Art, a series of guided evening week-day tours and weekend day-time tours. These tours offer insight on both the renowned and undiscovered artworks located in various art pockets and spaces found within the city with trails around the Waterfront area, Britomart and Queen Street. The knowledgeable team from Auckland Walks will help navigate the myriad of art on offer. You can peruse at your leisure with the Art in Auckland app available at the Apple App store or from Google Play, or the BIG little City Art Week Walks and Activities guide (in the daily paper on 17th October) and check out some of Auckland’s best galleries, sculpture, public and street art.

Other features include events focussing on the Art of Dining, Art of Writing and the Art of Fashion where industry experts deliver fresh ideas through discussions on integrating art into everyday life at art hubs in and around town.

The complete BIG little City ARTWEEK 2012 programme will be released early October. For further information on all the central city events, head to or


Note to editors:

Heart of the City is Auckland's city centre business association. We represent and promote businesses located in the city centre, with an overall aim of fostering its economic success. We are committed to developing a central city that all Aucklanders are proud of, that is a thriving place to do business, is accessible, vibrant, and a great place to be.

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