Dawson Road Mural Project

The Brief



Manukau Arts, Libraries and Parks are working in partnership with Manukau Beautification Trust to commission a new large-scale outdoor mural for Ferguson Oaks park on Dawson Road in Otara.
Currently, there is a stage structure which has had murals on its walls in the past. Due to various factors during the past few years, the murals have been marked with graffiti and were eventually painted over. Now, it exists as a site which is well used by local youth as a meeting place but which isn’t very attractive. The creation of a new mural will improve the park’s appearance and bring colour and creativity to the stage structure.

This is a significant opportunity to bring local visual arts into the public realm and the mural will benefit the local community in a number of ways. The project’s aims are to increase local participation in the park and to encourage community ownership of public art that acknowledges the unique social and cultural landscape of the site.

Artists will be invited to submit a design proposal for the mural site. A short list of designs will be selected and the winning design will be chosen by public vote. The winning artist will work with a limited group of local volunteers to paint the mural as an event in the Manukau Festival of Arts in November 2009.

Artistic brief

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.

A series of interviews have been undertaken with park and library users to investigate their views on what the mural should represent. A further requirement is that artists must respond to the results of the interviews, which will be posted on the Dawson Road Mural Project website http://DawsonRoadMuralProject.wordpress.com
Deadline for proposals is Thursday 3 September 2009.

Judging process

From the submitted entries, the project team will short-list a maximum of six artists.
Artists who are short-listed will be required to undertake a short interview with a videographer to discuss their design and inspiration; this video will be made available to the public and assist in the voting process.
From the short list, the winning design will be selected via a public vote, to be undertaken at Tupu Youth Library.

It is expected that the short list will be announced by Thursday 24 September and the winner

announced by Thursday 29 October.


► The commission is only open to visual artists resident in Manukau.

► All submitted designs must reflect the artistic brief and satisfy the aims of the project.

► If short-listed, artists must be available for a brief interview as part of the judging process

► An artist fee will be awarded to the artist whose work is selected as the winning design

► The artist fee covers the intellectual property of the design, mural painting and mentoring of volunteers, plus two meetings for planning and evaluation.

► The artwork must be designed to be painted on the three stage pieces measuring approximately 2m high and 10m wide in total. (Illustration attached)

► The artwork must be applied using paints (Resene Paints) made available through Manukau Beautification Trust.

► The artists must be willing to lead and mentor a small group of volunteers who will assist with the painting

► The artist must be available to paint the mural during 10am – 4pm on the dates of 7 and 8 November 2009.

How to apply

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 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.

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