VIRTUAL NEW ZEALAND MURAL CONTEST
The theme of the 2021/2022 Festival held in April 2022 was: “UNSUNG HEROES IN 2020”
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
“What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”
2020 was an ‘unprecedented time’ for our country and globally. Lockdowns; face masks; changes to employment, have affected us all and has brought out the best in many of us from kindness to networking within our community.
Katikati Open Air Art wanted to celebrate and acknowledge the individuals in our community who gave outstanding service to those isolated and in need. Someone who has done great deeds but received little or no recognition for them.
In a move from our normal mural contest each artist received a photo of one of our chosen unsung heroes to paint from their home studio from 19th-23rd April 2022 with the public following their progress online.
All the portraits will eventually be placed together to form one large mural to be installed in our town as a reminder of this challenging time in modern history.
The nine artists and their Unsung Hero of 2020 were:
Shane Walker (Tauranga NZ) painted Anna Menendez of Anna Menendez Photography
Andrea Green (Tauranga, NZ) painted Sue Spriggens, Katikati Christian Foodbank
Steve Monk (Bendigo, AU) painted Allan Wainwright, Katikati Community Centre
Zeke O’Dey (Waihi, NZ) painted Peter Mackay, NZ Red Cross
Lorraine Tyler (Wellington, NZ) painted Brendan Gibbs, Combined Churches of NZ and Katikati Fire Station 76
Wolfe Girardin, (Wellington, NZ) painted Marg Jordan, Katikati Christian Foodbank
Kerry Nicholson, (Queensland, AU) painted Kristin Crockett, Katch Katikati
Michelle Estall (Tauranga, NZ) painted Chris Steel, Katikati Advertiser
Dan O’Brien (Tauranga, NZ) painted Patrick Dunn, representing Katikati’s Unsung Heroes.
Entries in the NZ Mural Contest will be available for public viewing in the Carlton Gallery, @ The Arts Junction, 36 Main Rd, Katikati Monday July 18 – Sunday July 31 2022. Vote for your favourite portrait in the People’s Choice Award.
Prize-giving is on Saturday 30th July 2022 from 4pm in the Junction Theatre at The Arts Junction.