Brigid Allan

Empty Spaces the Te Kuiti Art Project

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The Te Kuiti Art Project 'Empty Spaces' is a community project that aims to engage the local youth. We do this through large scale artworks that inform the passer-by of what Te Kuiti means to its people.

What makes this public art project unique, is that the Te Kuiti community has been invited to be involved. By sharing ideas and engaging the local youth of Te Kuiti ' Empty Spaces' aims to beautify the city centre and generate more pride in the streets. After the gathering of thoughts and ideas, our team of artists aim to complete the painting of the 3/4 large-scale walls within 2 weeks.

The Te Kuiti Art Project has been put together by Brigid Allan, who has given her time voluntarily in order to source funding and coordinate the successful completion of this community art project.

 Each week, throughout the duration of our boosted campaign, the story of who the artists are, will unfold. This is to show our supporters how incredibly lucky we are to have the support from these talented and leading artists within the regions.

No amount is too small. What we need from our supporters is a final helping hand. Te Kuiti Art Project needs to gather enough funding to pay for the hireage of equipment to access the walls for the duration of the project. Are you able to help?

We wish to thank our two main key supporters - Waitomo District's Creative Communities and Resene Paint NZ , as well as some support from The Lines Company for this project.


  • We Love you Te Kuiti


    Super big thanks to Trudy Pilbrow, Phil Fagan and Channelle of United Video Te Kuiti, as well as our anonymous donors. We have made our target !

    So very grateful.

    Time to get those paintbrushes out, we are in business.

    from the Te Kuiti Art Project Team

    We Love you Te Kuiti
  • Today is the day


    Thank you Christine Brennan for your donation. Today is the last day, we are so close .... come on Te Kuiti give us a last nudge!

  • 12% to go


    Thank you Mark Brittenden of New World and a couple of mystery donors, we are only 12% away from our target.

  • All most there


    Thanks to Placemakers for their generous donation, we are all most there. Can you help push us over the finish line?

  • 5 days to go to reach our target!


    Thanks to Centennial Park School Whanau Support Group, we are now at 23% away from reaching our goal.... BUT, if we do not reach our goal, all our donations to date will be sent back to our supporters! Please help us hit that target Te Kuiti.

    5 days to go to reach our target!
  • Thank you! Waitomo Lodge


    Thanks to Waitomo Lodge and their support, the artists will be able to rest up well. For the duration of the Te Kuiti Art Project, Waitomo Ldoge will be hosting the artists. Working hard all day, sleeping well at night. We Love you Te Kuiti.

    Thank you! Waitomo Lodge
  • A Big Thank you


    A Big Thanks to Otorohanga Computer Services, Waitomo Lodge and Peter Keightly for their support in our project and donations, getting closer everyday.

  • 7 days to go and one new wall


    We have 7 days to go to reach our target. Thanks to the Te Kuiti BMX club and their support, there will be another wall painted. This one is at the club's BMX track, great idea Brenda.

  • Feature Artist : Jeremy Shirley


    With over 20 years of experience, Jeremy Shirley's creative roles have included tutoring art for the Department of Corrections, Waikato Museum Team Leadership and the successful completion of numerous visual art commissions. Enjoying the physicality and transformational aspects of painting large scale in the outdoors, Jeremy has increasingly focused on this form of art.

    Feature Artist : Jeremy Shirley
  • Over 50%


    We are now over 50% with 2 weeks left in our campaign. Thank you to Amanda Kidd Falconer Ltd and all the helping hands to date that have got us this far.

    Kia ora - Empty Spaces Team

    Over 50%
  • time for spring clean


    Thanks to Robyn Lindstrom and Lamb Bain Laubscher Lawyers we are very close to 50%. This week the Te Kuiti Art Project is starting to spring clean the walls ready to paint in November.

    time for spring clean
  • Feeling super grateful


    A big thank you to Damin and Anney from DM Jewellery and Naomi from Aotahi for your donations. Feeling super grateful for the support. We are nearly at 50%!

  • Step by Step


    Thank you John Ash for helping us reach $1000! Over a third of the way now to reaching our goal of $3000.

  • Feature Artist; Daniel Ormsby


    A local resident of Waitomo, it is here Dan Ormsby focuses his attention on the fine art of carving, painting and Ta moko (traditional Maori tattoo). With an art form foundered in tradition, Dan finds his way to communicate in a contemporary setting. Te Kuiti Art Project is very grateful to have Dan's involvement in this project.

    A key figure in the evolution of Maori Art, Dan's artwork contains traditonal forms that tell stories of his cultures past, present and future.

    Feature Artist; Daniel Ormsby
  • 200 voluntary hours


    To our new donors, Brian Hanna and Monica Louis thank you for your support, we are a third of the way! This project has been the effort of over 200 voluntary hours and it is great to see the positive responses from so many people in Te Kuiti.

    200 voluntary hours
  • We have reach 20%


    Thanks so much Ollie Mitchell for your donation, we have now reached 20% ! All support so far has come from the local Te Kuiti commuity.

    We have reach 20%
  • Big Thanks


    Thank you Guy Whitaker for your donation to our project. We are grateful for the local support of this community project.

  • Feature Artist ; Denise Fort


    Welcoming Denise Fort to our project, we are so grateful to have her with us! An industrial designer by trade, Denise developed her love for illustration during her studies in visual arts, Germany. Based in Raglan, Denise’s illustration continues to evolve. Now her intricate beautiful line, whether on paper, ceramics, jewellery, surf boards or large walls, can be seen all over the world.

    Denise has previously worked on a number of community art projects in the North Island. Joining us to paint a large wall for the Te Kuiti Art Project, Denise has also created a colouring in competition for the local community, in the Waitomo District, these holidays.

    Feature Artist ; Denise Fort
  • What a great start!


    A big thank you to Number Twelve of Te Kuiti and Peter Allan for your generous donations. what a great start! Much appreciated from the Te Kuiti Art Project Team.

    What a great start!