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Monthly artist Programme

Art is something we appreciate hugely at Neck of the Woods (along with music and good vibes of course!) and we have made it one of the foundations of our venue since day one.

We are excited to have launched our official NOTW local artist programme; a monthly collaboration between a local artist, illustrator or designer, handpicked by the Neck of the Woods team every four weeks. We will collaborate with each artist on our weekly and monthly poster artwork, as well as a handful of limited edition stickers.

Collaborating with these creatives on a monthly basis is about celebrating the talented creatives around us, and having refreshing artwork for your eyes and ours.

April 2018 : toni Gill

Painter, graphic designer and embroidery artist Toni Gillis the force behind our April artwork. Chances are high you know Toni or have seen her work first hand. She is actively involved in the local art scene holding current residencies at both Studio One Toi Tū and Karangahape’s Inky Palms, as well as working in-house as a graphic designer at Monster Valley.

March : Baccyard

This month we are excited to bring the talented Clinton Bentley aka Baccyard onboard for our February artwork. Born in Wellington and raised in Samoa, the 19-year-old music producer and artist has been popping up regularly on our radar. The self-taught artist started dabbling in photoshop, before modding various PC games like Grand Theft Auto and Fifa before eventually getting fully immersed in graphic design. 


February : Barney Rathnayaka

Launching ourselves into the new year we have invited Wellington-based artist Bhanuka ‘Barney' Rathnayaka to create our February artwork. A self-taught illustrator and artist, Barney grew up in Sri Lanka until he was seven years old before relocating to New Zealand.


November : Alisha Henry

This November we have chosen to collaborate with local graphic designer Alisha Henry for our monthly artist programme. What originally caught our eye was Alisha’s‘Architypes’ project, which involved her researching and sketching the various architecture found on Karangahape Road and turning them into a typeface. She works across illustration, branding, digital design, craft, print and typography; making her the perfect local artist to work with this November.    


To wrap up this years artwork we have asked local creative Joshua Briones-Yap to jump onboard as our December monthly artist. With a Bachelor of Arts Major in Visual Communications, Joshua has previously worked in-house for Interbrand and Studio South, two of the top branding and design companies in the country.


October : Samara Wooldridge

For the month of Halloween we invite K Road local Samara Wooldridge to create our artwork. Samara is one of those multi talented creatives who does a bit of everything, and it all comes together to create magic. She is a qualified goldsmith, which lead her into making hats, jewellery and accessories (alongside designing clothing) for her family business, Dmonic Intent. Samara's art has trickled through Dmonic Intent’s ranges and branding, and now into ours for the month of October.

September : Bryson Naik

Second up for the Neck Of The Woods Monthly Artist programme is local legend, Bryson Naik. Bryson is most commonly known for his electric colours, pop-culture references, Vai Lima patronage and strong link to his home suburb Onehunga.

August : Logan SMith

Logan 'Smiddy' Smith; design favourite to restaurants such as Five & Dime and Five Boroughs, retail legend Good as Gold, NZ’s only skate magazine MANUAL, and is in constant collaboration with NZ streetwear label Shark Week.


Neck of the Woods puts good vibes first. We are committed to creating a safe, friendly and inclusive community environment, that extends beyond our venue and throughout Karangahape Road.

The Woods does not tolerate any kind of bad buzz behaviour; including sexual harassment, racism, transphobia or homophobia. Behaviour that makes people feel unsafe or uncomfortable is not welcome in here.

If you are feeling unsafe in any situation, we ask you please to reach out to our friendly bar staff and security team for help - they are fully on board with our Safe & Sound policy.


If you have any queries or feedback regarding this policy, please email our Safe & Sound representative Rebekah at