Dawson Road Mural Project

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Graffiti Guard applied today…

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Finished Mural

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on November 8, 2009

WALL 1: Acknowledging the location of Dawson Park, in the flight path of Auckland International Aiport and the classic limited edition ‘Otara’ Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars made in 2005.

WALL 2: Acknowledging the 2009 passing of Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop, a model of creative and musical excellence with intergenerational, global and multicultural appeal, embedded in an arrangement of Pacific island flora.

WALL 3: Acknowledges the locality of the site on Dawson Road and the youthful local community. The figures are derived from a photographic project that took place at the ASB Polyfest called South Style documenting the style and conviction of south Auckland young people.

Day 2 // Sunday 8 November

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on November 8, 2009

We were so fortunate with the weather – not a drop of rain all weekend long!

Lead artist, Samiu Napa’a

Packing in for a second day of painting.

Team MJ were keen to complete the iconic wall!

The Dawson Road Mural Project was informed by a series of interviews done in the park and at Tupu Youth Library in August by video artist, Janet Lilo. The 9 minute video screened on Tupu Library’s flat screen TVs on Sunday.

LUNCH TIME // Supplied by Manukau Parks, lunch was prepared by awesome local volunteers Ioka + Solo Suamasi with help from Lawrence and Tuakive, thank you thank you thank you // MUCH appreciated!

At about 4pm, Sunday 8 November, the mural was officially completed… volunteers, artists and supporters did an AWESOME job!

The two inside walls of the structure acknowledge all those involved with the video interviews and those involved with the design and painting – each person contributed to the finished outcome // THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Day 1 // Painting begins!

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VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE // Thanks to Richie at Tupu Library

Our AWESOME volunteers were: Kofe Aupeipeigamalie, Muavaefaatasi Brown, Simon Samuelu, Luma Aneti, Murphy Enekosi, Paul Lavea, Aaron Henry-Taripo, Ezra Ape, Joe Futi, Matagia Esera and Wylie Fong.

Resene paints was provided by Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust

LUNCH TIME // Supplied by Manukau Parks and Manukau Arts, lunch was beautifully prepared by local volunteers Mary and Dennis Gush // Thank you so much!!

Kaumatua Bill Wiki, pictured here with Leisa Siteine (Group Manager Arts, Manukau City Council) addressed the volunteers with a vote of thanks on behalf of the Otara community acknowledging their role in building lasting and meaningful ownership over this public space.

The girls – Sangeeta, Luisa and Mua!

MJ starting to take form…

Applying the outlines…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on November 8, 2009

The mural design was projected on to the wall between 9.30pm – 12am on Friday 6 November. The outlines were applied by artists Samiu Napa’a, Sangeeta Singh and Luisa Tora.

Our final design…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on November 8, 2009

The final design was developed in-house at Fresh Gallery Otara by Nicole Lim and Ema Tavola. It responds to the video interviews with the Park and Library users made in August 2009.

Youth culture, bold vibrant colours, Pacific and Maori patterns, strong local features and an homage to Michael Jackson were dominant themes.

About the designers:

Nicole Lim is a qualified graphic designer who completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts through Manukau School of Visual Arts in Otara. Since July 2008, Nicole has worked as the Gallery Assistant at Fresh Gallery Otara, a Manukau City Council arts facility in the Otara Town Centre.

Ema Tavola is a practising visual artist and curator. Having also completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts through Manukau School of Visual Arts in Otara, Ema has worked with community arts projects in and around Otara since 2004. She works as the Pacific Arts Coordinator for Manukau City Council and manages Fresh Gallery Otara.

sizing it up…

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Your Design HERE!

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on August 24, 2009


Visual artists who reside in the Manukau area are invited to submit proposals for an innovative and colourful two-dimensional mural for the stage structure in Ferguson Oaks on Dawson Road, located in the vicinity of Tupu Youth Library in Otara.

Artists are encouraged to create a contemporary work that addresses both the interests of the community and the context and history of Otara, celebrating the cultural diversity and dynamism of the area. The design must also be sympathetic to the structural limitations of the site and relate to its public, park environment.

Artists are required to submit the following information:

1. A written proposal outlining the design concept. This should include:

  • Artistic vision and ideas behind the design (maximum 1 x A4 sheet)
  • Details of the paint colours required
  • A suggested plan on how the work will be painted within the two-day timeframe.
  • Details of any ongoing maintenance issues

2. A maximum of 6 supporting drawings or visuals illustrating the design (digital or hard copy formats are accepted). Hard copy drawings/visuals must be on sheets no larger than A2 (42 x 60cm) in size

3. A current CV, including designs of any previous art commissions undertaken.

How to submit

The deadline is Thursday 3 September 2009.

Artists may send their applications by email to: Ema.Tavola@manukau.govt.nz or deliver hard copies to Nicole at Fresh Gallery Otara or mail them to Fresh Gallery Otara, c/- Manukau Arts, Private Bag 76917, Manukau 2241

Artists will be informed of the short list by Thursday 24 September. The winning design will be selected by a public vote and announced by Thursday 29 October.

The Voice of the People!

Posted in Uncategorized by Ema on August 13, 2009

Video artist Janet Lilo was commissioned to create a video based on interviews with people who use Tupu Library and Dawson Road park, aka Ferguson Oaks. This is the outcome!