Stephen Templer, Artist, Performer, Prop Designer Builder Spot the sign for Honey Badgers creative studio and follow the pungent smell of coffee into Steve’s studio nestled in an old printery in downtown wellington. Its a home for the imagination and a hub of Wellington talent a warm and inviting place with a menagerie of interesting objects art and people. The collaborative community studio he has set up is indicative of much of Stephens work over the years. Starting with setting up the wondrous and very loud Wellington Batucada a community samba group still going strong after 14 years and a huge part of wellingtons streets and festivals and a loving supportive community. Over many years steve has pushed his performance work into new levels with extensive street activation and community vibrancy with Pie in the sky creating shows and street activations for festivals like cuba dupa, splore, Newtown festival and kokomai arts festival and Arolympics to name a few. Building up to this work has taken many years and steve is driven by creative challenges. He’s worked as a prop designer on King Kong and the Hobbit. He’s made many animated kids music videos and last year won best music video in NZ with “don’t sit under the poo tree” by Fleabite He has worked extensively in Wellington and overseas with a variety of Illustration work including the children’s Book “Wreck of the Diddley” as well as much work for local business, design shops and street art. An ongoing collaboration with Duncan Sarkies (writer) and Lawrence of Arabia AKA James Milne (musician) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) (together described in the Herald as a power house of NZ talent) This collaboration has created the wonderful pod cast series The Mysterious secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium which has received much critical acclaim here and overseas and has just been released world wide by the American company “Howl FM“ Stephen is a unique Artist and a warm engaging performer who can build or design anything when needed as is the case a lot, but with a strong community focus enjoying creating friendship and connection with people threw his art and performance collaborations.