New Zealand is set to host the first Art Walk on the streets of Auckland, with artists from around the country participating in the event.
It comes just a week after the first annual Art Walk in Auckland attracted over 150 artists, and the city has seen a rise in interest in street art.
Art Walk Auckland (AWA) will take place at the city’s busy Central Library on Saturday 11 January.
It will see artists from across the country descend on the city, creating and painting their work using materials and techniques that are already being used around the world.
The AWA will also see performances from local artists, as well as a number of art schools that will be present, along with a range of events, including the launch of a new art exhibition and an exhibition of the artist’s artwork.
ArtWalk Auckland is part of an overall push to promote art, in a bid to encourage people to be more aware of what art is, and to become more engaged in it.
More than 40,000 people from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the event, and organisers say it is part a push to “break the silo” between art and mainstream culture.
The AWa is the first major event of its kind in New England.
New York-based artist and artist-in-residence David Kroll said he had already been in contact with other countries, but this would be the first time he would be going to a new city.
“I have been travelling for almost 30 years, so I can’t say that this is the most popular art event in the world,” he said.
“But it is a step in the right direction and I think it’s going to be very popular in New York, as it is in many places.”
New Zealand is already home to many iconic street art works, including some that have been on display for more than 30 years.
Auckland is also the home of a wide range of art galleries, with many of the city centre’s art scenes thriving and growing.
New Zealand also hosts an international art fair, called the Art of New Zealand, which runs every three years.