The Art Attack Mural Project is a 10-12 month temporary exhibition of creative work to elevate visitors perception of contemporary visual art by placing it within the contemplative area of the Museum. It sits in juxtaposition of native flora, rocks and natural wooden seating and the confines of an internal exterior space. It is temporary in the sense that after the time period has ended a new mural takes its place. While the mural is alive there  is an opportunity for the artist to market themselves by hosting personal showings, an artist talk and other supportive events.

As a supporter of the arts, the Museum has trialed various projects to encourage arts practice and supporting artist’s development. The Gavin Gifford Gallery is specifically set up for the display of art while our education space is utilised for arts related community workshops, seminars, lectures and artist talks. However, the spaces are available for short periods of time and are limited to work that is temperature dependent.

Art Attack Mural Project was an idea that grew out of a need to repaint the inside courtyard walls. Instead of plain grey it was decided it would become an artist canvas. It would be a temporary exhibition mural space that would change out every year. This would offer the arts community an opportunity to create wall art with the added value of being marketed throughout the life of the art to all Museum visitors. The space itself is also a view for Waipā District council workers whose offices face into the courtyard.

This particular project has the ability to support a number of artists while allowing the community to see more artists work in open spaces. It is fully funded by the Museum to ensure artists see this as a viable opportunity. The proposals are marketed at the end of the previous year. However, due to Covid-19 timeframes for public showings has been limited so the 2019 mural timeframe has been extended. Look out for our FB marketing for the next proposal dates or check back here for more updates.

This project kicked off in 2018 with Marc Lenton and Oriwa Morgan-Ward being the first artists to take on the mural project. The mural added colour and dimension to the space making it friendly to visit for quiet contemplation over a good book or a time out space for a class of school students. The wall also faces council staff offices making a nice retreat for the eyes when taking screen breaks.

In 2019, Hakahaka Tane became the second mural artist to take on the Arts Attack Mural Project. More info to come…

2018-2019 Kape - Vessel of Knowledge

Mural Title: Kape – Vessel of Knowledge.

Kape activates the viewers mind to open up a portal to the past, present and future moving you from one place in time to another.

Like Kape, the Te Awamutu Museum is a pathway to the rich history within its unique landscape and communities in the Waipā district which is constantly transforming and developing. The Museum revels the past and windows to the future.

Right-hand panel: Past – The Atua Tane Mahuta gets the seed from the tree of light.

Middle panel: Present – Navigating the space of Tangaroa, Atua of the sea depicting the need to be flexible and fluid.

Left-hand panel: Future – Transformation, time to regenerate from the puku of Papatūānuku and move forward by utilising the seeds of knowledge gained from the past, and nurtured by the present.

Maungatautari, Kakepuku and Pirongia Maunga are represented by triangles within the art. Each panel is an individual design of its own, when viewed as a whole triptych, they portray an abstract vessel of knowledge.