Thanks Albert-Eden Council...

Many thanks to the support from our local Albert-Eden Council for a grant from 2018 Albert-Eden Accommodation Support Fund.

Many thanks to Four Winds Foundation for the grant towards our much needed wages.

Also, many thanks to The Lion Foundation for their grant and support towards Tutors

We depend on grants and donations, sales of artwork and fund raisers to survive. Thank you from all our staff, students and family and supporters of our students.

Join Us For an Exciting Art Experience and Support the work of Māpura Studios

Jimmy James Kouratoras   Mauri Ora , 2018

Jimmy James Kouratoras
Mauri Ora, 2018

Featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, whakairo, rāranga, glass, jewellery and original prints by renowned New Zealand Artists and Māpura Artists.

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Pah Homestead
    TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
    72 Hillsborough Road
    Hillsborough, Auckland

Māpura Studios and the Rotary Clubs of Mt Eden and Epsom are hosting an art auction on 12 May 2018 at Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in support of Māpura's Students and Art Programmes, featuring works by great Māpura artists together with renowned New Zealand artists.

Allyson & Attitude 2017

The Attitude Awards celebrate the achievements of people who live with disabilities. Celebrate with a black tie, gala event at Auckland's ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday, 9th November.

Congratulations to Allyson Hamblett, finalist 2017 Attitude Awards.

Born with cerebral palsy, which affects her speech and mobility, Allyson Hamblett was accustomed to being singled out as different. She fought hard to attend university and qualified as a librarian but struggled to be fully accepted and find work.

"I've been an artist at Māpura Studios for about 14 years.  I love being able to create an image that has depth and perspective.  It still fascinates me how artists can transform a piece of canvas. I particularly like portraiture, but have painted landscapes and cityscapes.  I love the creative process as much as seeing the finished artwork".

Jacinda Visits....

A Big Congratulations to our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pictured here at our 2017 Māpura Studios Charity Auction at TSB Bank, Wallace Trust Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in May this year.


Photograph taken 22/05/2017

Jacinda Holds a 2017 Auction Catalogue in front of left: Fane Flaws Tiki and centre: Michelle Backhouse Tessellation.


Thanks Jacinda for your support.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderne at 2017 Mapura Charity Auction

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderne at 2017 Mapura Charity Auction

Open Day Raffle Winner...

Charlie Devlin picking up his prize

Charlie Devlin picking up his prize

A big Congratulations to our Open Day Raffle winner, drawn yesterday:

Charlie Devlin of our neighbours, Rocky Nook Bowls and Auckland Irish Society.

Charlie is now the proud owner of a Breville Juicer.
Thank you to all those who supported us on the day.

Pictured left, Charlie at Māpura Studios, picking up his prize.

Good Eh? Panel Discussion...

Extremely informative panel discussion of unconscious bias last night Good Eh?  Studio One, Toi Tū.

Unconcious bias is real. It is the fear of difference. Something outside the box, outside the norm.

Whether we have physical, psychological, intellectual or mental differences or challenges we should be embracing our similarities, what we share and our abilities.

You can't put someone in a box and you can't measure the success of an artist by monetary values only. All artists and poets start as outsiders. Who is it in society to say that one is worth more than another?


A big thanks to Moderator:  actor/ writer Peter Feeney & Panellists: 
* John Perry artist and Outsider Art curator             * Karen Janiszewska: parent of Māpura artist Halina
* Tim Melville director of the Tim Melville Gallery    * Erica Tiedemann Māpura artist
* Richard Northey local politician                             * Dr Molly Mullen academic

Click here for more information on Topic, Moderator and Panellists......

Good Eh? Exhibition...

Thank you to everyone who came to our opening of Good Eh? on Wednesday 20th of September at Studio One, Toi Tu.

There is a fantastic display of framed artworks and an amazing collaborative installation which includes artwork by every single student at Māpura Studios.

A great evening was had by all.

The exhibition is on until the 15th October, so be sure you go and see it!

For more details on Good Eh? Click here...

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Allyson Hamblett nominated for Award

Allyson at Mapura

Allyson at Mapura

Congratulations to the amazingly talented Allyson Hamblett, artist, writer, poet, media assistant at Māpura Studios.

Allyson has been nominated  as a  finalist in the Spirit of Attitude category of the 2017 Attitude Awards.

The Attitude Awards celebrate the achievements of people who live with disabilities. This year, we celebrate with a black tie, gala event at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday, 9th November.

IHC Award 2017 Finalists....

Also, congratulations to Madeleine Wilson and Guy Seanyear finalists in the IHC Art Awards 2017.

The IHC Art Awards is an annual event providing artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised and to sell their work.

This year, two of the 30 nationwide finalists are Māpura artists, Madeline Wilson and Guy Seanyear. The winner and runners-up will be announced on the 30th of August.

Guy Seanyear  Crying Sky,  2017

Guy Seanyear Crying Sky, 2017

Madeleine Wilson     Olivia Newton John,  2017

Madeleine Wilson
Olivia Newton John, 2017

Transitions Expo 2017

Transitions 2017.jpg

Māpura Studios' stand at the Transitions Expo in Mt Albert on the 8th August.

We were showcasing our pioneering Teens Art Therapy Programmes. Māpura Studios now has a programme in Takapuna, North Shore Teens Art Group and one in Pukekohe, Space Out South, as well as our Teens Open Studio Group in St Lukes.

Especially tailored to youth and school leavers from the age of approximately 12 years+, the programmes are a wonderful mixture of art and social interacting.

Also, check out our Cartooning programme that proved extremely popular on the day, especially for those on the spectrum.

Māpura: on the outside, but you are welcome Exhibition Opening next week......

You are welcome to visit our exhibition on Waiheke Island at the Community Gallery.

We hope you can make the trip across the water. is on from the 25th August until the 18th September. Opening  25th August 6pm. All welcome.

For more information please visit: Māpura: on the outside, but you are welcome!

Russell Julian  Shapes Simpsons Show with Movie s, 2016

Russell Julian Shapes Simpsons Show with Movies, 2016