Public Art & Exhibitions by Kemi Niko & Co.



   Installed Dec 2021

Eight new hutworks for Ngā Manu Nature Reserve  in Waikanae. Each Dwellbeing is based on a unique native species from within the reserve and explores their habitat needs using the language of human dwellings. 

Commissioned by Ngā Manu and funded by 95 generous donors, Philipp Family Foundation, Tennent Brown Architects & KCDC Creative Communities Fund


Urban Hut Club

Commissioned by New Zealand Festival of Arts

All Kāpiti huts  (except Kaitawa)
remain open in 2024

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Urban Hut Club

 Feb / Mar 2020

Major project curated by Bret McKenzie and commissioned by NZ Festival of the Arts 2020.

Six new site specific works in Kapiti parks and satellite events in collaboration with local community groups.

Commissioned by NZ Festival of the Arts. Partnered by Springload. Supported by KCDC, CNZ, NZCT & DOC/ Dulux

Roaming Hut

Built Oct 2019

You never know who you could be sharing a backcountry hut with. Crafted from salvaged caravan parts, reclaimed heart rimu and an old Scout tent, Roaming Hut brings you such encounters within an urban shelter like no other.

Built for NZ Festival of the Arts 2020 commission. Toured during festival over 16 dates and locations

Commissioned by NZ Festival of the Arts. Partnered by Springload. Supported by KCDC, CNZ, NZCT & DOC/ Dulux

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Wellington Walks map
Digital illustrated map
Commissioned by Wellington City Council 2019
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See more of our illustration work 

Ocean Store

 Feb/ Mar 2019

Ocean Store is a multi-faceted work that frames process as performance and speculates on a future resource.

In the guise of a playful pop-up store on an urban beach, the ocean's store of plastic from Wellington beaches is explored in all its colourful glory.  Participants are guided through a ritual  that connects their personal use of plastic to the oceans plight. 

  Presented as part of Performance Arcade 2019. Supported by WCC Public Art Fund, Seaweek NZAEE and Second Hand Treasures Recycling Centre

 Ocean Plastic Awareness
Live Art
All Materials Salvaged

Social Engagement
Environmental Art

Kaia the Kaka

Summer 2017/18 & 2018/19

Digital adventure in Central Park in Brooklyn,  Wellington.  Public artworks extend game play into  natural realm

Led by Nature Through Arts Collective and Bamboo Creative

Public Art
Nature Journey
All Materials Salvaged


 Feb/ Mar 2018

Public art hunt across three cities, Wellington, Dunedin & Nelson.  Fifteen new #AllMaterialsSalvaged works hidden and found  via clues on social media.

  Part of our crowdfunding campaign  to attend TPS:Nomad 2018 Residency in Australia


Miniature Hikes

2014 - 2016

Courtenay Place Lightbox Exhibition
Public Sculpture (Seven sites)
Wellington, NZ
Funded by WCC Public Art Fund

Interactive Installation
Public Art
Social Engagement
Book Design & Publication

Read more: Review by Mark Amery

In Memory of a Tree


Two part  explorative event
Upstream  Arts Trail &
Stratch Nacht
Wellington, NZ
Funded by Upstream

Site Specific Installation

Participation Design

Photos by Brendon Doran

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