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Mural Masterpiece Winners Announced

December 2005

Mural Masterpiece Winners Announced

Each year, Resene is approached by a wide variety of groups creating murals around New Zealand. With most of this dedicated effort receiving only local community attention, this year Resene have decided to recognise and celebrate this creativity with a Mural Masterpieces Competition so that we can all enjoy the works that are created, no matter where they are in New Zealand.

Hundreds have splashed out and created mural masterpieces beautifying towns, schools and neighbourhoods all over New Zealand. With themes ranging from underwater scenes to the depictions of planets, selecting the winners was a difficult task.

The Resene Mural Masterpieces winners, sharing between them over $5000 of prizes, are:

Best School Mural:

1st Place: Naenae Primary School, Wellington.

2nd Place: Te Wharau School, Gisborne.

3rd Place: Woodlands School, Opotiki.

Highly Commended: Taupaki Primary School, Taupaki.
Auckland Seventh Day Adventist High School, AK.
Muritai School, Wellington.


Best Community Mural:

1st Place: Stafford House, Wellington.

2nd Place: Rodney District Council.


Best Professional Mural:

1st Place: Mark and Jocelyn Larsen.

2nd Place: Sue Stimpson for the Marotiri School mural.

3rd Place: Joanne Webber.


Best Mural Design - Mural Designed But Not Yet Painted:

1st Place: Jane Crisp, Tuakau.

A selection of entries including the winners will be available on the Resene website from January 2006 – www.resene.co.nz/murals/gallery.htm. Check them out online or visit them in person and enjoy the masterpieces created by hundreds of hands.


Details of Winning Murals:

Best School Mural:

1st – Naenae Primary School.

Location:
Naenae Primary School, Wheatley Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington.

Team:
Ana Tukula, Eru Aupouri, Garvey Heraud, Manaakitia Tapara, Owen Vailalo, Peti Asiata, Richard Edmonds, Rose Kaa and Tufi Tufi.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
New Zealand environment.

Background to Mural Creation:
A building covered in graffiti has now been fully decked out in a bright and colourful mural featuring the natural environment and iconic New Zealand symbols such as buzzy bee and the kiwi. The mural has worked to stop the area being a target for graffiti and is a source of pride for the school.

2nd – Te Wharau School, Gisborne.

Location:
Te Wharau School, Graham Road, Gisborne.

Team:
Year 6 students.

Accessible to Public:
Yes – situated front of school.

Mural Theme:
Faces.

Background to Mural Creation:
The Te Wharau School mural is based on the work of Pablo Picasso. The painting ‘Girl in a mirror’ was used as the motivation for the designs the children created. Year 6 art extension students were selected for the project, which consisted of painting the back boards, followed by the head shapes. Everything was then screwed into place on the backboard in a sequence determined by the children.


3rd – Woodlands School, Opotiki

Location:
Woodlands School, 168 Dip Road, Woodlands.

Team:
Vennesa White, Neil Munro, Kay Stewart, Michelle Wilson, Miriam Bates, Crystal Candy, Evie Gill, Aorangi Kora, Sophie Lewis, Toela McCormack, Gaylene Moses, Celeste White, Sarah Wilson, Caitlin Wright, Davis Aramoana, Piripi Withers, Michael Eagleton, Bronson Freeman, Jakob Fell, Jared Gullet, Philip Hermann, Alec Mackenzie, Mark Martin, Brendon Monk, Vincent Newton-Skaley, James Ross and Hoare Stewart-Shaw.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
Woodlands.

Background to Mural Creation:
As part of their Enviroschool programme, Woodlands School students created a mural featuring all things indigenous to the area and New Zealand. The mural was created over a full term with an emphasis on teaching the students the finer points of perspective drawings, shadowing and shading.


Highly Commended - Taupaki Primary School, Taupaki.

Location:
Taupaki Primary School, 14 Cottle Road, Taupaki.

Team:
Malaika Shaw, Ashlea Chapman, Karishma Beach, Vivienne Jung, Jacob Green, Cameron Tulett and Ali Shaw (parent).
Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
NZ flora and fauna.

Background to Mural Creation:
Extending the art skills of Year 7-8 students doesn’t come much better than giving them the opportunity to create a mural. The work incorporating NZ flora and fauna is creative and appealing, a bright spot to visit within the school environment.


Highly Commended – Auckland Seventh Day Adventist High School, Auckland.

Location:
Auckland Seventh Day Adventist High School, Auckland.

Team:
Matt Simms (art teacher) and Year 13 art class – Abigail Beguely, Kalolaine Lokotui, Saufoi Lokotui, Teinaki Marsters, Aroha Peni, Teawa Rike-Heke, Joshua Sauni, Zecharia Strickland, Fainga’A Taufa, Aimee Thomson-Out, Joshua Timori, Jasmin Tito, Sosaia Tifangaloka, Mele Uhamaka and Zion Vaega.

Accessible to Public:
Yes, school quadrangle South facing walls.

Mural Theme:
Uniting the cultures, peoples and faiths of the school.

Background to Mural Creation:
The Year 13 art class worked together to create a mural to beautify the school, leave a legacy, make an artistic statement about the culture and special character of the school, celebrate the school houses, learn about the mural making process and develop confidence creating large scale artworks.


Highly Commended – Muritai School, Wellington.

Location:
Muritai School, Muritai Road, Eastbourne, Wellington.

Team:
Molly Littlejohn, Mua-ava Malama, Daniel Reid, Harriet Salisbury, Finn Cardno, Thomas Daglish, James Baldock, Lucas Chisolm, Flinn-Graham Wiggins, James de Ree, Amy Fortescue-Willis, Suraya Hollands, Mark Meo, Theo Scott, Zoe Moncheur, Margot Sorenson, Ijah Holden, Mia Utsumi-Potaka, Tiana McGuire, Anna Campbell, Morgan Collins, Tim Henderson, Anthony Hall, William Cornford, Rhiannon Bertaud-Gandar, Sian Davis, Thomas Bayler and Thomas Wollerman.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
Eastbourne community and environment.
Background to Mural Creation:
As part of an Arts Week doing education outside the classroom, the students worked with a local artist to develop and paint themes about their community and environment resulting in this bright and bold mural that represents Eastbourne.


Best Community Mural:

1st – Stafford House, Wellington.

Location:
Stafford House, Wellington.

Team:
Gina Manning, Kerry O’Connor, Matt McGrath, Chandra Paetsch, Winona Chan and Matt Cornwall.

Accessible to Public:
No.

Mural Theme:
NZ native bush and coastline.

Background to Mural Creation:
The sports room was looking a little dull until this mural team banded together to create a NZ native bush and coastline scene to liven up the space and make it more inviting for residents. Not only do the current residents enjoy the change in scenery but the students have left a lasting legacy for many more students to enjoy.


2nd – Rodney District Council.

Location:
Shelley Beach Store, Shelley Beach, South Head.

Team:
Helen Beach (artist), Sarah Dugdale (RDC Arts Advisor) and Deon Thuynsma (Community Facilities Manager).

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
Celebrating the local and natural environment.

Background to Mural Creation:
The once plain large wall is now a source of price for locals and visitors to enjoy. The wall has been redecorated featuring the local and natural environment, deterring graffiti and vandalism and providing a landmark for Shelley Beach.


Best Professional Mural:

1st – Mark and Jocelyn Larsen.

Location:
Boat Shed Building, Charles Street, Kaiapoi.

Team:
Bruce Reid and Mark Larsen.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
Land before occupation.

Background to Mural Creation:
The local council approached Larsen’s Art n Sign Studio to create a mural on a large boat shed wall depicting Kaiapoi before occupation. The finished mural is highly detailed, impressive both in its scale and its artistry.


2nd – Rebecca Simmonds for the Marotiri School mural.

Location:
Marotiri School, Marotiri Road, RD, Mangakino.

Team:
Rebecca Simmonds (artist) assisted by all Marotiri School students, involved in brainstorming through to painting.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
Our school.

Background to Mural Creation:
Keen to create a mural that reflected the uniqueness of Marotiri School, all students were involved in the project from gathering ideas, culling them down and then finally getting them onto the wall with assistance from artist Rebecca Simmonds. The mural incorporates the heart of the school, the children, and the natural environment. With all children having a hand in the making, all can be proud of the colourful mark they have left on the school.


3rd – Joanne Webber.

Location:
Mainstreet Café, Colombo Street, Christchurch.

Team:
Joanne Webber.

Accessible to Public:
Yes.

Mural Theme:
NZ theme.

Background to Mural Creation:
Mainstreet Café home is now home to a NZ themed type wall for diners and travellers to look at giving them a peaceful and calm ambience.

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