Māpura News

Posted 21 Sept 2018

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 and Westfiled st Lukes

Proudly supported by Albert Eden Local Board and Westfiled st Lukes

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Posted 21 September 2018

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Posted 21 September 2018

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

Eddie & Buddah

Eddie & Buddah

Eddie and Buddha's Purchaser

Eddie and Buddha's Purchaser

Eddie & Mark Sainsbury

Eddie & Mark Sainsbury

Eddie at High Tea

Eddie at High Tea

Posted 1 August 2018

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."

Posted 11 July 2018

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

Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker

Eddie McMenemy

Eddie McMenemy

Posted 10 July 2018

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.

Posted 27 June 2018

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Posted 19 June 2018

Check out this fabulous article online at Art Access Aotearoa by Keith Reeves about the benefits of Art Therapy.....


Posted 19 June 2018

Congratulations to our Māpura Studios Artists who have been selected as Semi-Finalists in the IHC Art Awards 2018.

These seven artists have made the top one hundred and will have their work shown at Arts on High in Lower Hutt, Wellington from Tuesday 10th July - Monday 6th August.

Final judging is on Monday 9th July, and the Awards Evening will be held on Thursday 26th July.

Good Luck to our amazingly talented artists.

Posted 5 June 2018

We are absolutely delighted that the Trustees of the Hugo Charitable Trust will donate to Panacea Arts Charitable Trust – Māpura Studios, some much needed funds, to cover the costs of a 12-week Stroke Art Therapy Programme for 12 people in 2018, and developing further Māpura services in South Auckland. 

Thank you Hugo Charitable Trust.

Posted 5 June 2018

Back by popular demand, we are starting our Sunday Art Club again on the 10th June 2018.
All welcome, just drop in, it is $15 a session each.  Families welcome. Materials provided.
Children under 10 must have a responsible adult.

More Info here.....

Time 1.00 – 3.00pm Sundays.

See you there!

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Posted  5 June 2018


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.

Posted 1 June 2018


Our Director Diana McPherson met with our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
yesterday, Thursday 31st May 2018.


Women of the year.


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.

Posted 1 May 2018

The recepient of the 2018  Sir James Wallace Scholarship is Maggie McCabe .

She has opted to come to the Tuesday morning class and was here today for the first time.
Maggie will have free tuition for one year under the scholarship.
Thank you to our patrons The Wallace Trust and A big Congratulations to Maggie.


Winners of the Fashion Show

Winners of the Fashion Show

Posted 1 May 2018

Imagining the  Future Mt Albert/Eden Extravaganza (April 8)

Imagining the Future is a Community day led by Mapura Studios for all to enjoy with a special Art Competition to encourage local artists and creatives to create a vision for the future of Albert/Eden in 20 years time. Enormous fun was had by all.

For winners and pics of the day and entry and fashion show images..

See more here...

Posted 13 December 2017

Music, dancing, singing, sunshine, BBQ sausages and saveloys, pizza and strawberries were all on the menu at our 2017 Māpura Christmas Party yesterday.

 All our artists, caregivers and staff were welcome and fabulous fun was had by all.

For more videos visit:  Māpura Christmas Party 2017

Videos taken by Yung Chen.

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Posted 15 November 2017

A Great Big THANK YOU from all our staff, tutors, volunteers, caregivers, students and their families to the Auckland City Council. 

Māpura Studios has been granted some much needed funds from the Regional Arts & Culture Grants Programme towards our art classes and studio programmes.

We are not funded in any way and rely on grants and donations to keep surviving, so this grant means a lot.

Posted 14 November 2017

We welcomed Act Party Leader and MP David Seymour to Māpura Studios on Monday 13 November.

A big thanks to your support, David and the purchase at our auction of  a beautiful painting by Ross Cowan.

Pictured here in the studio, David Seymour with Jenny Hutchings, Marketing and Communications.

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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.

Posted 31 October 2017

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".


Posted 30 October 2017

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.


Posted 12 October

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.

Posted 5 October 2017

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......

Merchandise at the Māpura Open Day

Merchandise at the Māpura Open Day

Posted 4 October 2017

 Open Day 2017 (Saturday 30th September 2017)

Thank you to all who participated, helped and came to our Open Day and supported Māpura Studios. We had a fantastic day with awesome Artwork and fun for the whole Family!

All proceeds go towards Māpura Studios and our Artists.
We raised just over $6,000 on the day. Well done everybody!

Click here for more images...

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Posted 4 October 2017

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...

Allyson at Māpura Studios

Allyson at Māpura Studios

Posted 16 August 2017

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.


Posted 16 August 2017

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

Posted 16 August 2017

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.

Russell Julian  Shapes Simpsons Show with Movie s, 2016

Russell Julian Shapes Simpsons Show with Movies, 2016

Posted 16 August 2017

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!

Posted 16 August 2017

Don't forget about our Sunday Art Club........ 

Fun Time for the whole Family - kids & adults, all welcome. 

“Work, Play, Learn Together”

Art-making activities will include: Painting, Printing, Drawing & Clay.

All levels, abilities and ages are welcome in this friendly supportive group environment.

Sundays 1.00 - 3.00pm

Ross Cowan  Dream Reaching , 2016

Ross Cowan Dream Reaching, 2016

Posted 16 August 2017

Check out this fabulous Article on Stuff about our Māpura Studios artist Ross Cowan.

"Strategic investment in the arts and cultural expression strengthens individual and collective health" - Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa

Follow this link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/95658917/richard-benge-the-arts-isnt-a-nice-to-have-its-a-road-to-good-health