Stefan Neville & Mapura at the Sonic Protest Festival in Paris

Stefan Neville, Māpura's music facilitator, recently attended the Sonic Protest Festival in Paris. This is a festival of experimental/outsider/raw music practices and as such always has a big component of music and activities made by people living with disabilities. This includes concerts, films, panel discussions, exhibitions, radio shows and workshops and even extends to people with disabilities working the bar and kitchen at some of the events.
Stefan participated in many ways. He spent three days workshopping & rehearsing with a group called Les Harrys - 8 autistic young adults who have been assembling every week at Antony's Day Hospital in Paris to play music together for the last 5 years. Les Harrys & Stefan then performed a triumphant concert in a beautiful permanent circus tent venue called Chapiteaux Turbulents. 

Stefan then spoke on a panel discussion about "other" spaces where people with disabilities can creatively thrive. There were people running music programs & radio stations in Psychiatric Hospitals, Prisons for young offenders and A Self advocating Schizophrenic support group. Everyone was very interested & impressed hearing about Mapura Studios. 

Another part of the festival was two performances of Stefans own music. Firstly his long running solo folk project "Pumice" and then his obnoxious rock band "Coolies" performed on different nights. Stefan was also honoured to be invited to play another concert drumming for "Jandek" - a mysterious reclusive Texan artist who has been releasing records since the late 70s. 

After two action packed weeks in Paris, Pumice & Coolies hit the road playing 18 gigs in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany & the U.K. The shows went excellently & audiences ranged from a few hundred at a festival in Brussels to 3 people in a bar in Cardiff. Another highlight was the Coolies performance at the opening of Auckland artist & friend Sriwhana Spong's exhibiton "Ida - Ida" at the prestigious Spike Island Gallery in Bristol. 

Special Thank Yous


Orange Order of NZ Donation

Our Director Diana McPherson made a presentation in February this year to the Orange Order of NZ and Māpura Studios received a donation of $1,000 . We are very grateful for the help it will give our students. Thank you Orange Order of NZ from all our staff, tutors and students.

Freemasons Foundation

Special thanks to the Freemason's Foundation who have donated $29,560 toward our restART art therapy programme for people affected by stroke. This will make a huge difference, allowing us to extend the programme to other areas.

Lou & Iris Fisher Trust

Thank you to the Lou & Iris Fisher Trust who have donated $15,000 towards art materials, frames and screens.

Lotteries Grants Board

A big Thank you also to the Lotteries Grants Board for a three year funding grant at $55,000 per annum toward overhead costs, to keep Māpura running.

Dame Denise L’Estrange Corbet, International Fashion Designer, Artist and IHC NZ Ambassador Visits Māpura Studios

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet took time out of her busy schedule to visit us and talk to every single artist in our Wednesday morning Becoming an Artist class.

Dame Denise inspired all our artists to enter the IHC Art Awards this year, and listened to their stories. Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2009 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do. Last year we had seven fantastic finalists in the Awards, including one highly commended.

The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work. It highlights the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.

 We appreciate the support that IHC and Dame Denise give to our artists and organisations like our selves throughout the country.

See More about the IHC Art Awards 2019 here World brand and IHC

Pussies at the Pah - Surprise mini FemFest w PussyRiot , Māpura Studios & Friends

Join us for a surprise addition to Pussy Riot's NZ tour, bringing together local performers, artists and creative activists in celebration of all things feminine and creatively disruptive that inspire social change*

Māpura Studios will be taking a workshop creating Protest Placards & Activist Art on the evening.

4pm - late, March 9*
Pah Homestead,
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough
Facebook page for more info:

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The Pussy Riot crew have incurred extra costs on their tour due to the cancellation of Brazil and delays on flights due to visa issues, so Pah Homestead is generously offering up multiple spaces for diverse activities in order to help them fund raise to continue spreading their important message to the world, as only the arts can do. With a main stage on the lawn, electronic music spaces inside, panel discussions, talks & Q&A's, film, art workshops and performance art pieces happening from 4pm, this is shaping up to be an incredible last minute extravaganza - only possible with the support of an incredible line up of local performers and socially conscious sponsors. The Pah cafe will be open serving a specially inspired Russian menu to tempt your tastebuds, as we get set to party with the Pussies before they leave Auckland.

John Penman

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It is with great sorrow and regret that we lost one of longest, and most outstanding artists, John Penman last week.

John passed away from complications and pneumonia due to a car accident.

We wish his twin brother and his sister love and condolences form all our staff and students.

John’s brother hopes to hold a combined exhibition of both his own and John’s artworks later this year. John was in the Wednesday morning becoming an Artist class.

Some of John’s Artwork created at his time at Māpura Studios .

Thank you Cross Country Rentals

Cross Country Rentals transport children to and from Central Auckland Specialist School and at their staff Xmas dinner on Saturday night, raffled off a couple of donated gift baskets on the condition that the money raised went to a children’s charity.

They managed to raise $400 so are delighted to be able to give that amount Mapura, as we work with their special children and thought Mapura would be perfect.

Thank you very much all the staff and Caro at Cross Country Rentals. We appreciate the donation.

October School Holidays Art....

Māpura Studios is having a display of artwork from our artists, showing for 2 weeks over the October School Holidays.

We invite you to come down and have a look at the awesome artworks. From Tuesday October 2nd to Friday 12th October.They will all be for sale, so you can purchase them through Māpura Studios.

In the second week of the holidays we will be holding “Give it a Go” creative sessions for parents and kids.

Proudly supported by albert Eden Local Board & Westfield St Lukes

Proudly supported by albert Eden Local Board & Westfield St Lukes

Chris Baxter  Monkeys

Chris Baxter Monkeys

Awesome Funders...

We are pleased to advise, that at the Rehabilitation Welfare Trust's meeting on Monday, the Trustees agreed to make a grant of $1,296 towards funding for Māpura Studios’ Movement and Art Programme for high needs adults.

Thank you very much Rehabilitation Welfare Trust.


Assisting people with disabilities

Congrats Eddie McMenemy Highly Commended Award...

Eddie & Buddah

Eddie & Buddah

Eddie & Mark Sainsbury

Eddie & Mark Sainsbury

A big CONGRATULATIONS from everyone at Mapura to Eddie McMenemy - Highly Commended Award winner at IHC Art Awards last Thursday.....

Eddie posts:
"Wow, what an exciting experience that has all been. A great flight to Wellington & a wind free landing, who could ask for more lol.

Richie (son in law) looked after me really well. It was a pity Gill couldn't have been there too, but recovering from a broken ankle & having a clot in her calf meant it wouldn't have been a good idea.

High tea at the hotel with the other winners was very nice then a quick bus trip to Shed 6 for the actual Awards. I received an unexpected plaque for my Highly Commended and the auction began. My drawing had a reserve of $150 on it & I was excited hearing the bidding climb to $750, who would have believed it!! Colin, the guy who bought it told me he had seen it at the Art Gallery & it was going to be his, regardless of cost! He told me it was going to be hung at the end of his long hall way.

A big thank you, to all who have supported me throughout this entire journey, love to you all, I really have appreciated it."

Eddie’s Artwork  Face of Buddah

Eddie’s Artwork Face of Buddah

Eddie & Purchaser

Eddie & Purchaser

Eddie at High Tea

Eddie at High Tea

IHC Awards 2018 Mapura Finalists Announced....

Just announced last night the finalists for the IHC Art Awards 2018. We have four Māpura Artists in the top 30:

  • Michael Nathan Yes We're All Safe in Our Beds,
    pencil on paper

  • Tushaye Manuel Chinatown Condisidie Fernendez,
    acrylic on paper

  • Eddie McMenemy Face of Buddah,
    charcoal on paper

  • Matthew Tucker Fragments of Day into Night/Beads of Light, acrylic on board (Triptych)

Eddie McMenemy has been awarded a Highly Commended. A huge congratulations to Eddie, Michael, Matthew and Tushaye.

The Artworks will be for sale at the Art Awards Gala Event on Thursday 26 July 2018 at Shed 6 on Wellington's waterfront.

Visit the IHC ART Award Site and Vote For Our Wonderful Artists. Help our guys win the People's Choice Award

Eddie McMenemy

Eddie McMenemy

Tushaye Manuel

Tushaye Manuel

Michael Nathan

Michael Nathan

New Performance Art Classes...


Māpura Studios is starting a NEW PERFORMANCE ART CLASS on Saturdays

Family friendly,the class will encourage all existing and new students to partake in working towards a performance created entirely by the group.

Explore your acting abilities, or have some valuable family time together. Students will create a play, write the story and characters, make costumes and scenery, enjoy music and performance.