We are passionate about the connection we feel to the Aotearoa backcountry and whenua. The design vernacular and history of the human shelters that enable immersion in the bush speaks to our identity as tangata tiriti.
Our sculptural works explore this connection using real materials that we salvage from our environment. We have 10 years of experience siting our hutworks in public reserves with the active support of the communities who kaitiaki those places. Our collectable Mini Huts, sold around the motu, allow you to take home an authentic yet unique slice of backcountry taonga.
Our partnership is defined by our focus on living life symbiotic with art, shared equally on all levels. Our holistic approach draws on all we experience, collect and research, enriching our practice for the benefit of many. Our materials are salvaged and sourced from local connections, extending their end-life while enlivening our works. Our projects are socially engaged, site specific, multi disciplinary and always embody our values at their core.
We've recently gone nomadic, currently residing at Wharepapa South in the Waikato, with our daughters and their koro. We're offering what we do best so we can live a life worthy of our aspirations . We’ll go where the art takes us!
This year we celebrate 10 years of producing art projects as Kemi Niko & Co. Watch our video looking back on this lifechanging decade
Kemi & Niko
Download Artist CV
Dwellbeings at Ngā Manu - Herald article
Canvas Mag (NZ Herald) - Bret & Kemi Niko
NZ Festival of the Arts - UHC trailer video
Breakfast TV clip - UHC
RNZ Nine to Noon - Mark Amery mention
Double Denim Fanny Pack interview
Urban Hut Club review
Bret McKenzie & Kim Hill interview
Urban Hut Club - Hut audio descriptions
RNZ Nights - Kemi Niko interview
Kapiti News - Cover story
Urban Hut Club - Good Mag
Urban Hut Club - Urbis Mag
The Vernacularist Issue Five: Urban-Rural: The Great Divide?
Nature Through Arts - Imagine My City
Mark Amery Review- In Memory of a Tree
Te Papa Blog - All Materials Salvaged Review
The Urbanist; Monocle Podcast - Interview (@ 27 mins)
Wilderness Mag - Wild Art
Mark Amery Review - Miniature Hikes
2Kiwis+1 Blog (1, 2, 3)
BoxCopy Gallery Brisbane - Correspondences Exhibition
Summer City Youtube Video - Miniature Hikes
Windy Hilltops Blog
Word On The Street Blog
RNZ - November 2014
Te Papa Museum Blog
The Dominion Post
RNZ - June 2014
NEST Mag - An Old House Collecting Strangers