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Rise Festival

Oi YOU! present RISE

RISE was the first Oi YOU! event delivered in Christchurch with the main venue being Canterbury Museum.

We had three major exhibitions covering over 1000sqm:

  • 'On the Street' an unique and interactive view of Kiwi street and graffiti art.
  • Ian 'Kid Zoom' Strange after his hit show at Melbourne's NGV produced 'Final Act'.
  • The Oi YOU! Collection featuring all of its Banksy works and memorabilia.

Beyond the Museum, the 'Big Walls' project saw 15 huge city walls transformed with amazing works of art.

Listed below are insights into all of RISE's main components.




Banksy Collection

The Banksy Collection is a subset of the Oi YOU! Collection and includes 22 works and a whole raft of memorabilia by the world’s most talked about artist. It's was on show here in its entirety for the first time.

Iconic classics include ‘The Flower Thrower’, ‘Kids on Guns’ and ‘Kate Moss’. ‘Grannies’, ‘Monkey Queen’ and ‘Trolley Hunters’ are among some of the public’s favourite limited edition prints, the collection also includes rarely seen treats like ‘Pink Smiley Copper’.

A complete collection of early Banksy Books, sets of postcards and posters from previous shows and original stickers make up the bulk of the memorabilia and there are also a couple of ‘Di-faced Tenners’ as featured in Banky's film Exit Through The Gift Shop.



On the Street

On the Street was a ‘film set’ style experience where vistors found themselves on an imagined Christchurch street disappearing away in front of them.

The buildings in the street could be explored then reality stopped and the artwork began. The huge, in-perspective, three dimensional street scene was created by Australian artist Thom Buchanan.

The ‘walls’ that Thom created rose above the actual buildings and were covered in street art painted by some of this country’s finest exponents, offering a unique art on art experience.

Covering over 400 square metres the street had a hidden alleyway and galleries and also offered the opportunity for you to pick up a pen and leave a mark of your own.

Kid Zoom/Ian Strange

New York based, Australian artist, Ian Strange is rapidly garnering a reputation as one of Asia Pacific’s most important young artists.  

Following on from his critically acclaimed, SUBURBAN – a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition exploring notions of suburbia – at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, Strange came to Christchurch to create a new body of work called FINAL ACT for RISE.

Working in the residential redzone, Strange utilised Christchurch's unique situation to continue his investigation of suburbia and the role of the home within the context of the 21st century.

Big Walls

For the first time in New Zealand a major group of international street artists came to the country to paint alongside some of the foremost Kiwi artists.

Over the duration of RISE 15 huge blank walls across Christchurch’s CBD were transformed into beautiful vistas.

ROA, one of the world’s most highly respected street artists, came in from Belgium. ROA specialises in painting animals indigenous to the country where he is working and he produced amazing work both on and in the Museum.

To offer a taster the public launch of RISE saw Vans the Omega, one of Australia’s most highly regarded aerosol artists, come to Christchurch and paint a large wall at CPIT.

This video gives an insight into many of the other artists involved.  

Oi YOU! Collection

On show in its own space, the Collection featured many of the northern hemisphere’s foremost street and urban artists.

From Antony Micallef’s beautifully haunting tragic females, David Choe’s harsh but honest world view and Faile’s comic book loveliness the Collection presents work in an array of media.

Works on canvas and paper contrast with wooden boxes and bronze statues but probably the most striking is the fabulous nickel plated statue by Micallef.

Other gems included an Os Gemeos cigar box and a work by Swoon on Vietnamese brown paper acquired at a show Banksy put on in Palestine.

All in all a bunch of not to be missed treats!

Milton Springsteen

Milton Springsteen first came to our attention whilst we were formulating Oi YOU! 2011; he approached us with a series he called Corrupt Kiwi Classics and we liked them that much we gave them their own room.

His tongue in cheek tributes to nine of New Zealand’s most highly respected artists were a smash hit and were people’s favourite aspect of the show.

He produced a small series of Corrupt Aussie Classics for the Outpost Project in Sydney and more for Oi YOU! Adelaide.

He also created a series of new works for RISE and once again his work was a firm favourite with the visitors.


The CPIT Great Art Giveaway

Over the weekend of the 8 & 9 March, in partnership with CPIT, we gave away $5000 worth of artwork.

Produced by Milton Springsteen (one of RISE’s featured artists) the artworks, each hand finished, were a tribute to Murray Ball and his fabulous Footrot Flats.

Milton produced 36 numbered works of art and each artwork had a corresponding token. These tokens were hidden in the Botanic Gardens next to the Museum.

In true treasure hunt style – if you found a token you walked away with a unique piece of art completely free of charge!

in partnership with

The RISE Artists - A Truely International Line-up.


Based in Auckland, Askew One is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles.

He is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.

With over 20 years of experience, his need to reach out to the world from his home in New Zealand has driven him, he is now an artist of global repute and the most highly respected aerosol artist from these shores.

Find out more about Askew here.



Described as ‘Aztec imagery meets stain-glass window’, Beastman’s colourful flowing lines and hidden eyes have beautified walls from his native Sydney to almost every corner of the planet.

Beastman's tightly detailed, often symmetrical paintings depict a parallel world of hope and survival inhabited by his beastlike yet beautiful and emotive characters.

One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia, and one third of creative group The Hours, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany and Hong Kong.

Find out more about Beastman here.



Both members of BMD are originally from Taranaki but are now based in Wellington – for BMD the bigger the wall the better and we certainly found a wall in Christchurch that matched their philosophy – it's something special!

Most of their works feature creatures of one kind or another produced in their own unique style.

To tell you much more about BMD is difficult as they like to let their work do the talking.

One thing we can tell you is that BMD is your friend!

Find out more about BMD here.



Originally from Whanganui, Eno, whose real name is Mikaere Gardener, now lives with his family in Raurimu.

Mikaere was runner-up in OI YOU!’s 2011 nationwide urban art competition narrowly missing out on winning the top prize of a beautiful limited edition print by American street art legends Faile.

He spent a month in 2012 as an artist in residence in Vienna where he met and worked with Austrian artist Knarf, more recently he has collaborated in Hamilton with Polish street artist Shida.

It’ was great to have him here in Christchurch and giving us a taste of his unique style.

Find out more about Eno here.


Ghstie AKA Sean Duffell

Ghostie was a nickname that was given to Sean's 3 eyed character 8 years ago and has stuck with him ever since. In traditional graffiti the letter “o” is often replaced by a character and this is why he ran with the name Ghstie or Ghøstie.

Drawing inspiration straight from natural NZ fauna and flora he produces reinterpretations of the country's natural habitat by creating complex abstract patterns that still retain the graphic style from his character based days.

His hope is that his work will contribute culturally and add a sense of vibrancy and that communities take ownership and pride in his murals.

Find out more about Ghstie here.


Anthony Lister

There’s no bigger name in southern hemisphere street art than Anthony Lister but despite regularly selling out shows all over the world, there’s nothing Anthony likes better than the challenge of painting a huge wall.

Lister was born in Brisbane where he graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2001. He then travelled to New York where he mentored under the auspices of Max Gimblett, one of New Zealand's most influential living artists.

Lister's work is a grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture often drawing from television and “misguided role models".

Find out more about Anthony Lister here.



To say that we were thrilled to have ROA come to Christchurch is a massive understatement!

He is one of the world’s most prolific street artists and spends more time travelling the world turning walls into beautiful vistas than he does in his native Belgium.

He specialises in creating huge grey-scale animals indigenous to the country he is working in and he pulled it out of the hat for us.

ROA hit the headlines in 2010 when Hackney Council in London considered painting over his 3.5 metre tall rabbit, a campaign was launched by local residents to keep the mural and the Council kindly let it stay.

He had no such problem in Christchurch where his work has already become a local treasure.

Find out more about ROA here.



Rone used to be known as ‘the poster boy of Melbourne’ because his posters of beautiful female faces were so prolific across the city. Nowadays he can usually be found painting his stunning images on huge walls the world over.

Rone’s philosophy about his work and street art in general is simple; “I paint because I want to bring the streets alive, because I love it and it adds character to an inanimate object."

A key member of Melbourne’s Everfresh Studios, Rone has a huge following in the city and if you take a wander around you’ll almost certainly bump into his work.

Find out more about Rone here.


Vans the Omega

Roughly based in Adelaide, Vans the Omega has been creating and painting letterforms for over two decades.

His standing as one of the world’s foremost street artists means he has been travelling the globe working almost constantly since 2000.

We are proud to say that he came home to take part in Oi YOU! Adelaide and it was a pleasure to watch him at work.

Vans is a magician with an aerosol; he turns himself into a machine as he paints, creating perfect circles and straight lines that form geometric shapes that unless you saw it for yourself you wouldn’t believe were painted freehand.

Find out more about Vans here.


Wongi & Ikarus

Wongi and Ikarus, graffiti art pioneers in Christchurch, are the RISE Festival’s local headline artists. Now full-time professionals, they’ve been the city’s foremost graffiti mural production team for the last decade.

Where many aerosol artists have left the city, these guys have stayed and are, with Yikes (who also produced work inside the Museum for RISE), ensuring that Cantabrians have the chance to enjoy their diverse styles.

Both produce work commercially so you don’t need to look any further for some awesome local ‘wall candy’!

Find out more about Wongi here.


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