Street art

Street art is any art developed in public spaces. The term can include traditional graffiti art work, as well as, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations (definition from

This page looks at street art in Christchurch. It is a notable feature of the urban landscape since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Street art in Christchurch

Christchurch has produced some stunning artists including Dcypher, Jacob Yikes, Wongi "Freak" Wilson, and Ikarus.

Watch this Space

Watch this space is a comprehensive guide to Christchurch street art:

Paint n' Pen - The Commuting Book

Celebrate Christchurch’s rich street art scene by penning a poem, a song or a short story inspired by it. Open to all ages, to professional or budding writers, and from residents to visitors. Submit your work individually or collectively, in English or in your own language. Submissions are open until 28th February 2020 and the deadline is the last day of each month.

Once received and reviewed by a multilingual panel, it will be published on the Scan & Read projects, opens a new window, the online Stories, opens a new window catalogue. The best ones will have the chance to be featured on the Watch This Space map, the Augmented Reality street art app Plain Sight, and in a Summer Exhibition  at Tūranga from December 2019 until March 2020.

Plain Sight

Plain Sight is an AR (augmented reality) app from Evans Taylor Digital that allows you to experience your favourite street artworks in a whole new way.

Fiksate Gallery


Fiksate Studio & Gallery is New Zealand's only street art and urban contemporary gallery, and is focused on supporting and showcasing urban art.

Street art images

Street art in our collection

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Street art photos

See also our page on public art.

Spectrum Street Art Festival 2015 / 2016

Oi You presented the Spectrum Street Art Festival in Christchurch from 12 December 2015 until 17 April 2016. This year's festival featured a new exhibition in the YMCA on Hereford Street, with works by the eight featured street artists as well as new works by returning artists. Eight new works brightened Christchurch streets.

Read Street artists to descend on central Christchurch this week by Charlie Gates, The Press, 5 December 2015

Our Spectrum Street Art Festival photos

See our photos from the 2015 Spectrum Street Art Festival (14 February to 10 May 2015).

OI YOU! present RISE 2014 had three major exhibitions. See our photos.

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