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NICOLA WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 24/10/2012
Hayley King

STREET ART: Hayley King, aka Flox, is one of the artists who has contributed to Auckland’s artistic landscape.

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Auckland's visual art scene will be ignited during a 10-day event from Friday.

Galleries, corporate and public spaces will provide an opportunity for forward-thinking and creative talent in and around the central city as part of Art Week 2012.

A series of guided walking tours will canvas artwork in various spaces within the city.

One of the featured artists is Hayley King, who goes by the artist name Flox.

The Ponsonby woman uses walls as her canvas, painting stencilled designs on interior and exterior surfaces. Ms King has painted 18 murals in the Britomart area.

"I think Art Week is a really great thing for Auckland, it's a fantastic platform to showcase the diversity we have in the visual arts," Miss King says.

"I really appreciate that Heart of the City has made every effort to include the street art form under those guidelines, it's really nice to be a part of and to be recognised."

She says it could change people's perspective on the art form.

"When you get put into the category of street art some people get a bit frightened by that because we are using the same medium as a tagger."

Art Week aims to encourage people to explore what's on offer in Auckland through gallery exhibitions, performances, tours and installations.

Three commissioned street art murals will be unveiled in celebration of the up-and-coming art scene.

"From street art to hidden corporate art collections and everything in between, Art Week 2012 will certainly appeal to both the culturally cultivated and the inquisitive with the wide variety of events and activities on offer," Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney says.

An Art of Auckland app is also available at the Apple App store or Google Play to guide people in the direction of Auckland's best galleries, sculpture, public and street art.

Other features include events focusing 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.

Go to biglittlecity.co.nz or artweekauckland.co.nz/events for event information. Go to flox.co.nz for more about Miss King's work.

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