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Art Battle Auckland
Liam is proud to add to the Rockit potfolio with the world's largest live painting competition!
Current events inc: 6 rounds at Wynyard Pavillion - Grand Final at Eden Park 28th March 2023.
Visit here for Art Battle events or register your interest to compete - or PM Liam for more info.
Art in the City - 6th to 12thth Oct
Rockit Art introduces Meet The Artists: Liam + 2 reknown Akl artists painted live, and where on-hand to discuss tips & techniques for the duration of ArtWeekin the City. A limited selection of works were available for sale - more here
Most recent national exhibition - The NZ Art Show
TSB Arena, Wellington 2023 - the show was a sensation - web link here
Open Studios Waitakere - 18th & 19th Nov
Liam will be on-hand once again to welcome visitors to his studio on Sat 18th (only).
Meet The Artist: Live painting, art for sale + tea & scones (if you're good) - visit website here
NZ Art Lounge closing
Howick, Auckland - sad but true - fb link here
& the Christchurch Art Battle Champion is...
Liam Downes - whoop whoop! (see below)
Christchurch Art Battle 2022
13 artists competed at the Cristchurch Town Hall for the coveted title of Art Battle Champion 2022. The live speed painting event has become something of a phenomenon on the international art calendar.
After 2 rounds 4 artists made it to a grand final, where the audience decided on the overall winner. Liam was excited to take out first prize, with his cheeky 'half chimp' piece, following a 'half portrait' of his wife Tammy in the first round... don't ask!
All the work was auctioned for Just Peoples charity, in support of global famine. The event reached its target to support 50 Ugandan farmers to improve their yield, to ensure their communities have enough to eat, while constructing a clean and safe water source to serve 2000 refugees and Ugandan locals.
Liam loved the event so much he is now the NZ producer - Rockit Art & Events is now responsible for bringing the Art Battle to Auckland.. and the world stage. With 6 heats at Wynyard Pavilion and the Grand Final at Eden Park New Zealand is now a part of the Art Battle world series. A genuine opportiunity for creatives all over NZ ... exciting times ahead!
Whether creator or art lover, if you would like to get involved get in touch with Liam. Check out artbattle.com for more info.
2021 & 2022: Art In The Park
Liam was excited to be one of the 100 established artists invited to the inaugural Art In The Park event at Eden Park stadium in Auckland, and again in September this year. He created a collection of new works unveiled for the first time at bot shows.
The event was a HUGE success and has quickly become a 'must do' on the NZ art calendar; creativity in abundance at such an amazing and iconic venue. Super proud to part of NZ history!
Liam will not be exhibiting in 2023 but hopes to be back at the Park for 2024.