A Pop of Colour at the City Y

Just before Christmas we invited a group of young artists from high schools around Christchurch to participate in the design and painting of a large mural at our city site.

This street art project was facilitated by NZ artist Flox and ran for five full days.

The programme was partially funded by the Christchurch City Council’s Enliven Spaces Fund which aims to beautify transitional spaces.

It was a great opportunity for these young people to experience working in a team and to learn some skills under Flox’s curatorship. The project felt very ‘Christchurch’ with our post-quake commitment to beautifying spaces through street art, and should be a huge encouragement to young artists wanting to get into public installations.

Check out this video showing some of what the team got up to.


Over the course of the programme the participants learnt how to cut out stencils depicting beautiful flora which are a trademark of Flox’s artistic style. Then they had a chance to practice their spray painting skills using a ‘squiggle grid’ technique which means artists can take a smaller image (for example, A3 size) and enlarge it to cover a large area such as a wall mural.

The group then took to the street to paint a large-scale mural along our hoarding on Rolleston Ave. The finished product is a welcome pop of colour that reads “Home Sweet Home Ōtautahi”. The young artist’s work remain will remain up for the duration of the build project into 2023.

We hope to invite some of these artists back in 2023 once our new facility is ready for some art!


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