May 6-22, Ellen Melville Centre

To celebrate Pasifika in Auckland’s city centre, the Ellen Melville Centre has partnered with two artists, Luca Walton and Tai Nimo, to deliver an outdoor art showcase like no other.

This showcase will see the exterior of the building covered in Tai Nimo's digital illustrations and Luca Walton's beautiful brown bodies that highlight and emphasise the ways of Island life. A selection of Luca and Tai’s existing works, as well as several new commissioned pieces, will be installed on exterior building windows and can be viewed day or night from High St and Freyberg Place. 

Check out this and other installations and artworks on display in the area for City of Colour 2022. There are over 50 to discover and explore! 

About the artists

Luca Walton: Luca is a young queer artist of Tongan and Fijian background, currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau, the “Polynesian capital of the world”. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, to a Tongan mother and Kiwi expat father, Luca’s paintings are a reflection of his heritage, cross-cultural identity and incredible childhood surroundings - the beautifully vibrant Kingdom of Tonga.

Tai Nimo: Tai is a Tāmaki Makaurau-based creative of Tongan, Niuean, and German descent on her father’s side and Cook Island, Pākeha on her mother’s side. Inspired by her diverse cultural heritage, Tai creates works that reflect her identity and environment. Characterised by youthfulness and primary colours, Tai’s work is indicative of her skill, her personality and the intimacy she has with her cultural heritage and is reflective of her identity and environment.

Brought to you by Ellen Melville Centre. 

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Last updated: 21 April 2022