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Artists wanted to help 9-year-olds paint murals at Berhampore, Newtown schools

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is on the hunt for a couple of experienced artists to work on two mural projects in the Capital’s southern suburbs, which will involve work with young people from two local primary schools.

The artists will each team up with 20 children aged 9–10 from Berhampore School and Newtown School respectively. Working with the students, a local youth organisation and the Council’s City Arts team, the artists will guide the development of a mural from design to painting. 

The mural will be developed through a series of workshops facilitated by a local youth organisation with the students. The design must be an original concept that reflects the spirit of the neighbourhood and helps to deter tagging.

The Council’s Arts and Culture Portfolio Leader, Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, says the projects are part of a new pilot programme being trialled in Wellington called Paint Up.

“This is a great initiative that will help young people develop painting and design skills while learning about their neighbourhood’s heritage and participating in a project that adds vibrancy to their local streetscape.”

Katie Taylor-Duke, from the Council’s City Arts team, says the Paint Up project will also give children an insight into the social and economic impacts of tagging.

“As well as teaching the children new skills, we want to encourage them to take ownership of their neighbourhoods. Murals are a big part of our graffiti management strategy – as well as being nice to look at, they’re a great way to reduce tagging while promoting a sense of safety in our communities.”

Artists who are keen to get involved should submit their CV – along with a portfolio of up to five previous works, and a 250-word summary of why they’d be suitable for the project – by email to katie.duke@wcc.govt.nz by 12 noon on Wednesday 17 July.

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  1. Hayley Robinson, 1. July 2013, 21:34

    Great idea; but it would probably be a good idea to indicate to prospective artists if this is a paid or a volunteer position.

    Hayley Robinson, Onslow-Western Ward candidate

  2. Michael Gibson, 2. July 2013, 8:37

    Good on Hayley Robinson for querying this. Why didn’t the Council front up and say that each artist’s fee will be approximately $4/5,000 and material costs etc. will all be covered as well?
    If the Council had said this then they might even have attracted a better type of artist.
    Or was the Council afraid that ratepayers would find out that it had dreamed up yet another way of spending their money?

  3. hkr, 2. July 2013, 13:15

    They save money by not advertising or giving the facts in their press releases because they like the jobs to go to friends or the offspring of friends. By not advertising this can be done on the quiet.