Recently the beating pulse of Kingsland was seen as never before, as one of Auckland’s leading commercial artists transformed a neighbourhood main street into a vibrant open-air exhibition space.
Photographer Lee Howell has spent years immersed in the Kingsland community to authentically record the character of one of Auckland’s liveliest suburbs in The Kingsland Project.
Lee explores the diverse people and places of Kingsland through an arresting mix of intimate portraits, candid street scenes and vivid urban landscapes. At the end of September the project was unveiled in spectacular fashion.
In collaboration with the local business community, Lee converted the shop fronts in Kingsland village into a street side art gallery, hanging 20 huge prints from shop verandas for public display. Flanking the oversized outdoor show, a curated selection of almost 100 images comprising The Kingsland Project was on display in a new exhibition space at 502 New North Road.
Conceived as a way for the photographer to give back to the community that has served as muse for the long-running project, the unique exhibition experience launched on Thursday 29 September at Atomic Cafe and ran for four days..
“I am utterly thrilled with the way the project has been embraced by the community and delighted to share my personal snapshot of Kingsland and its characters,” said Lee.
To further encourage people to make their own connection with the Kingsland neighbourhood, the exhibition launch coincided with a Kingsland Flavours street food event by local cafes and restaurants.