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Artists invited to Paint New Zealand Beautiful in 2018

Keep New Zealand Beautiful, in partnership with Resene, are excited to announce the opening of the 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to Do The Right Thing and help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions open on 1st February, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Resene. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. More information on the Nature Murals competition can be found on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.

Heather Saunderson, CEO for Keep New Zealand Beautiful said "Studies have shown a decrease in anti-social behaviour such as littering and graffiti in areas where community art is present. Together with Resene, we are proud to give the opportunity to artists and communities to beautify their environment and help us create a safer, cleaner and more beautiful New Zealand."

The winner of the 2017 Nature Murals Competition, Deow Owen, finished his winning mural Mai Mai Girl (pictured above), at the Star Rugby Club, Invercargill, in December. Asked about the story behind his mural, Deow said the design was based on an image of his fiance, hiding in the shrubs in the park. Completion of the mural took three days, including a day of design, with positive feedback received from passers by.

Artists interested in the Nature Murals competition can register their interest before 31st January to be in the draw to win a Wacom Creative Pen Tablet - click here to find out more. Mural competition submissions open on 1st February.

Nature Murals is part of our Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme, proudly sponsored by Resene.

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